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The United States’ Jesse Thomas and Canada’s Tenille Hoogland earned the wins at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains in Stroudsburg, Penn.
Thomas combined a 21:59 swim, 2:10:32 bike and race-best 1:14:49 half marathon to cross the finish line in first at 3:49:41. American Jordan Jones also had a well-paced day to finish in second more than four minutes later. Germany’s Maik Twelsiek rounded out the podium in third.
Hoogland dominated the swim (21:56) and bike (2:27:59) and turned in a respectable run (1:31:08) to lead wire-to-wire and earn the 4:23:52 victory. American Amber Ferreira finished second, with another American Beth Shutt claiming third.
Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains
Stroudsburg, Penn. – Sept. 30, 2012
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Jesse Thomas (USA) 3:49:41
2. Jordan Jones (USA) 3:54:02
3. Maik Twelsiek (GER) 3:55:01
4. Swen Sundberg (GER) 3:56
5. Gudmund Snilstveit (NOR)
1. Tenille Hoogland (CAN) 4:23:52
2. Amber Ferreira (USA) 4:30:35
3. Beth Shutt (USA) 4:30:57
4. Jessie Donavan (USA) 4:32:11
5. Heather Leiggi (USA) 4:33:21