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Legh & Loeffler Win in Paradise at Ironman 70.3 Cancun


Chris Legh & Kim Loeffler win in paradise at third running of Ironman 70.3 Cancun in Mexico.

Legh who last raced and won the Ironman 70.3 Steelhead triathlon back in August took a well deserved break before heading to Cancun to race. It seems as though this time-off from racing paid off as he managed to pull ahead on the run and out run defending champion Oscar Gallindez for the win. Last week in Brazil Gallindez raced and won the Ironman 70.3 Brazil race. Both athletes are using this race in preparation for November's Ironman 70.3 World Championship race in Clearwater, Florida.

Kim Loeffler day in paradise wasn't as easy. She started off the day over seven minutes down in 8th place on the swim behind Pip Taylor and Michellie Jones. Her split on the bike was two minutes behind Jones who had the fastest bike split of the day. But all of that didn't matter as she had the fastest half marathon split of the day and pulled off the victory. She last raced back in July when she took second place at Ironman Lake Placid. It seems as though she's using this race as a training race for next month as her schedule indicates that she will be in Hawaii for the Ironman World Championship race.

2008 Ironman 70.3 Cancun Results:

     Men          Women  
1 - Chris Legh 4:01:47    1 - Kim Loeffler 4:33:33
2 - Oscar Galindez 4:03:10    2 - Caroline Smith 4:44:57
3 - Igor Amorelli Flonseca 4:03:26    3 - Dunia Gomez Tirado 4:46:52
4 - Balázs Csöke 4:09:48    4 - Valentina Filipetto 4:47:48
5 - Allan Villanueva 4:11:14    5 - Melody Ramirez 4:55:13

Additional race results from Cancun can be found on the Asdeporte website.

Luke McKenzie who was first out of the water and finished twenty minutes behind Legh who had the day’s fastest bike split ended the day with a DNF. On the women's side Michellie Jones who won the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Cancun race in 2006 and the won the Ironman World Championship race also finished the day with a DNF. She might of been taking it easy in preparation for next month's Ironman World Championship race in Hawaii.
 
 
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