Phillips claims Ironman 70.3 title
Kiwi triathlete Mike Phillips claimed a commanding post-to-post victory at Ironman 70.3 in Taupo yesterday. Phillips beat a quality field in a time of 3h 52m 56s, with Casey Munro (Australia) second and former Ironman 70.3 world champion Tim Reed (Australia) third. “This year has been tough with a few injuries and a bike crash and having the pressure to race to get points for Kona,” Phillips said. “I haven’t really had a block of training like I have in the past, so to come here and perform like this is cool.” In the women’s race, it was the most dominant 70.3 athlete on the planet over the past six months who smashed the field in 4h 20m 47s. Czech Radka Kahlefeldt emerged from the water first to ride the 90km, followed by second-placed Jocelyn McCauley (US). Kiwi Rebecca Clarke was third.
Mike Phillips on the way to his win.