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Potts and Carfrae Crowned Ironman 70.3 World Champs


On a sunny and fast day in Clearwater, Florida, Andy Potts and Mirinda Carfrae are crowned world champs at Ironman 70.3 World Championship race. It was an awesome day of racing in Clearwater, with all of the lead changes on the men's side and with most of the top 5 place finisher beating last year’s marks on both sides. Today, more than 1,500 pro and age-group triathletes from around the world competed in the triathlon that consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. The prize purse for today race was $90,000, its split among the top 10 professional men and women, with the overall winners earning $18,000.

On the men's side, Andy Potts, who just three weeks ago won the inaugural Olympic distance Escape to Bermuda Triathlon was first out of the water and hung on during the bike portion of the event. Bjorn Andersson pushed the pace and managed to hold on to the lead on the second half of the bike with his 1:59:37 bike split but that might have been his un-doing as he finished in 23rd place today. Early on Oscar Galindez, who just over six weeks ago qualified by winning the Cancun Ironman 70.3 triathlon race, took the lead on the run and was on fire. From the live video coverage Galindez looked strong and managed to hold just over a minute lead over Potts at the half way mark. Potts kept his cool and slowly crept up on Galindez and eventually passed him on the return lap to the finish. With a mile and a half to go Galindez was right there with Potts, keeping pace but in the end with just a few hundred meters to go Potts surged to take the victory with Galindez finishing just four seconds behind for 2nd place. Andrew Johns managed to stay just ahead of a surging Craig Alexander to take 3rd place today.

From the start it looked like it might be Julie Dibens day in the sun. Dibens who just two weeks ago became the XTERRA World Champ was on her way to possibly her second World Championship title. She looked strong maintaining the lead throughout most of the race, which was at least was four minutes at T2 over Becky Lavelle who in the end finished in 7th place. Mirinda Carfrae was in 4th place, seven minutes behind Dibens at T2 but slowly made her was to the front. By mile six on the run Carfrae had moved up to 2nd place, just over three minutes behind Dibens. Carfrae who finished in 2nd place at the following 70.3 events this season Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3, Eagleman Ironman 70.3 and Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore and who took 3rd place last year at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship surged past Dibens around mile 10 on the run and never looked back. In the end she held a comfortable four minute lead to the finish. She ends up breaking the world record mark of 4:08:17 for the 70.3 distance set earlier this year by Natasha Badmann at the Eagleman Ironman 70.3 race. McGlone surged to the front to finished in 2nd place, will Dibens fall to 4th place.

2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championship Results:

     Women          Men  
1 - Mirinda Carfrae 4:07:25*    1 - Andy Potts 3:42:33*
2 - Samantha McGlone 4:11:29^    2 - Oscar Galindez 3:42:37^
3 - Leanda Cave 4:12:29^    3 - Andrew Johns 3:43:11^
4 - Julie Dibens 4:12:53^    4 - Craig Alexander 3:44:10^
5 - Catriona Morrison 4:14:40    5 - Richie Cunningham 3:45:05^
* = New Record    ^ = Under last year’s winning time

Craig Alexander and Samantha McGlone, the defending world champs gave it all they had but fell just short of the victories. Just four weeks ago they both had very successful finishes in Hawaii at the Ironman World Championship race, they both finished in 2nd place. McGlone surged from an eight minute deficit at the start of the run to finish in 2nd place today, her second 2nd place finish at a World Championship event in one month. Alexander was in 6th place, four minutes down to Bjorn Andersson at the start of the run and managed to move up two spots to hold on for 4th place today. In 2007 Alexander won and impressive 4 Ironman 70.3 Series races.

In the end, Sister Madonna Buder finished the race claiming the title as the fastest 75-79 year old and also the oldest woman to finish the race. Robert McKeague at 82 also finished. Then you have the amazing, incredible and inspirational 67-year-old Dick Hoyt pushing his son Rick across the finish line as well.


2007 Ironman 70.3 Series Champions

Australia Ironman 70.3 - November 5, 2006
- Torbjorn Sindballe 4:03:31    - Belinda Granger 4:35:55
 
Ford Ironman 70.3 California - March 31, 2007
- Andy Potts 3:59:59    - Kate Major 4:26:15
 
St. Croix Ironman 70.3 - May 6, 2007
- Craig Alexander 4:04:52    - Julie Dibens 4:29:11
 
Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida - May 20, 2007
- Craig Alexander 3:50:27    - Katja Schumacher 4:28:28
 
Austria Ironman 70.3 - June 2, 2007
- Michael Gohner 3:54:49    - Erika Csomor 4:24:39
 
Ford Ironman 70.3 Hawaii - June 2, 2007
- Chris McCormack 3:57:18    - Samantha McGlone 4:31:42
 
Switzerland Ironman 70.3 - June 3, 2007
- Ronnie Schildknecht 3:46:39    - Nicola Spirig 4:15:33
 
Eagleman Ironman 70.3 - June 10, 2007
- TJ Tollakson 3:46:28    - Natascha Badmann 4:08:17
 
Baja Ironman 70.3 - June 10, 2007
- Chris McCormack 3:53:53    - Linsey Corbin 4:32:35
 
U.K. Ironman 70.3 - June 17, 2007
- Fraser Cartmell 4:24:00    - Julie Dibens 4:48:00
 
Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3 - June 24, 2007
- Chris Legh 3:55:00    - Natascha Badmann 4:19:02
 
Barclays North Ironman 70.3 - July 8, 2007
- Chris Legh 3:56:26    - Rebekah Keat 4:28:05
 
Vineman Ironman 70.3 - July 22, 2007
- Craig Alexander 3:50:49    - Samantha McGlone 4:16:36
 
Newfoundland Ironman 70.3 - July 29, 2007
- Craig Alexander 3:58:26    - Melissa Ashton 4:32:22
 
Whirlpool Steelhead 70.3 - August 4, 2007
- Wolfgang Guembel 4:04:42    - Andrea Fisher 4:35:05
 
Antwerp Ironman 70.3 - August 5, 2007
- Marino Vanhoenacker 3:50:06    - Rebecca Preston 4:19:14
 
Germany Ironman 70.3 - August 19, 2007
- Stephan Bignet 4:06:53    - Virginia Berasategui 4:44:29
 
Timberman 70.3 - August 19, 2007
- Simon Lessing 4:00:02    - Desiree Ficker 4:25:54
 
Singapore Ironman 70.3 - September 2, 2007
- Reinaldo Colucci 3:49:59    - Belinda Granger 4:11:23
 
Monaco Ironman 70.3 - September 2, 2007
- Marcel Zamora Perez 4:14:14    - Alexandra Louison 4:49:43
 
Brazil Telecom Ironman 70.3 - September 16, 2007
- Paulo Miyasiro 4:06:34    - Carla Moreno 4:38:13
 
Cancun Ironman 70.3 - September 23, 2007
- Oscar Galindez 3:49:10    - Tyler Stewart 4:26:37


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