Phillips claims Iron­man 70.3 ti­tle

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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.

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