Ryf, Gomez win Ironman 70.3 Worlds

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

Chat­tanooga and north­west Ge­or­gia played host to the 2017 Icy Hot Ironman 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship this past week­end. The women’s race was held on Satur­day, while the men’s raced for gold on Sun­day.

Daniela Ryf of Switzer­land be­came the first three time cham­pion, win­ning the ti­tle by nearly seven sec­onds.

Rfy swam the 1.2-mile Ten­nessee River course in 26:26, biked a 56-mile loop from Ross’ Land­ing through Walker County and back in 2:20:21 and com­pleted the 13.1 half-marathon in 1:22:06 to fin­ish in a time of 4:09.47.

Great Bri­tain’s Emma Pal­lant was run­ner-up in a time of 4:18:36. Ger­many’s Laura Phillips (4:19.40) was third, while Sarah True (4:21.40) was the top Amer­i­can fin­isher in fourth.

One day later, Spain’s Javier Gomez pre­vented a wire-to-wire win by Amer­i­can Ben Kanute by pass­ing him on Mile 8 of the run to com­plete the course in 3:49.44 and earn his sec­ond world ti­tle.

Gomez, the 2012 Olympic sil­ver medal­ist, com­pleted the swim in 24:08 and got off the bike af­ter just 2:12:27. He fin­ished the run in 1:10.29.

Kanute man­aged to hang on for sec­ond, fin­ish­ing in 3:51:06, while Great Bri­tian’s Tim Don (3:51:59) was third.

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