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Americans Andrew Yoder and Lauren Goss earned breakthrough wins at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.
Yoder came out of the 1.2-mile swim in the front group of six and then went on to dominate the 56-mile bike ride. His 2:07:50 bike split was by far the fastest of the day, giving him a four-minute lead over James Seear (AUS) and Jordan Rapp (USA) to start the half-marathon. The 1:19:29 run sealed the win for the young American, who crossed the finish line at 3:53:53. Canada’s Lionel Sanders ran nearly 10 minutes faster than Yoder (1:09:54), but was too far behind off of the bike to be in contention for the win. He finished second at 3:55:43. American Ben Collins was strong across swim, bike and run to finish third at 3:56:35.
Goss, who so far has had the most success at non-drafting Olympic-distance races, kicked off her day with a field-leading swim time of 25:10. She went on to dominate the bike (2:29:07) and run (1:24:49) and claim the 4:22:21 victory. Darbi Roberts (USA) earned second at 4:33:01, with Beth Shutt (USA) rounding out the top three at 4:34:56.
Ironman 70.3 Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. – June 22, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Andrew Yoder (USA) 3:53:53
2. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:55:43
3. Ben Collins (USA) 3:56:35
4. James Seear (AUS) 3:58:01
5. Cody Beals (CAN) 3:59:00
1. Lauren Goss (USA) 4:22:21
2. Darbi Roberts (USA) 4:33:01
3. Beth Shutt (USA) 4:34:56
4. Heather Leiggi (USA) 4:39:09
5. Miranda Tomenson (CAN) 4:40:20