Ukraine’s Viktor Zyemtsev and the United States’ Heather Jackson claimed the victories at today’s Ironman 70.3 Princeton in New Jersey.
Young American Drew Scott dominated the early miles of the race, coming off of the bike with a nearly four-minute lead over big names like Zyemtsev and Americans Jordan Rapp and Jesse Thomas. As Scott faded, Zyemtsev and Thomas ran shoulder-to-shoulder all the way to the finish. Zyemtsev narrowly edged out Thomas at the finish line to claim the win in 3:54:37. Thomas finished in the runner-up spot less than a second later, with Rapp—a Princeton University graduate—rounding out the top three.
Jackson—also a Princeton graduate—came out of the water three minutes down on fellow Americans Alice Henriques and Lauren Goss. She quickly erased that deficit on the bike and started the run with a 2:23 lead over Goss. She grew the gap from there, crossing the finish line for the win at 4:20:55. Goss finished in second at 4:24:16, with American Darbi Roberts claiming the final podium spot.
Ironman 70.3 Princeton
Princeton, N.J. – Sept. 21, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 3:54:37
2. Jesse Thomas (USA) 3:54:37
3. Jordan Rapp (USA) 3:56:10
4. Drew Scott (USA) 4:00:26
5. Callum Millward (NZL) 4:00:39
1. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:20:55
2. Lauren Goss (USA) 4:24:16
3. Darbi Roberts (USA) 4:37:19
4. Jessica Chong (USA) 4:40:05
5. Alice Henriques (USA) 4:45:02