New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone proved he is one of the top athletes at the 70.3 distance, while Australia’s Kate Major narrowly edged out American Caitlin Snow for her first 70.3 victory of the season.
Another New Zealander, Graham O’Grady, turned in a punishing swim performance with a time of 24:07. His swim left strong swimmers such as Great Britain’s Paul Ambrose, Australia’s Richie Cunningham and Bozzone nearly 90 seconds back heading onto the bike. Once on the bike, Ambrose powered through the 56 miles in 2:15:01 to take the lead over Bozzone and Australia’s Tim Berkel. Once again the half marathon proved to be the most important leg as Bozzone ran a 1:14:55 on his way to a 4:01:15 victory. Berkel ran a 1:15:37 half marathon to earn second, with Ambrose hanging on for third.
Defending champion Michellie Jones of Australia led the women out of the 1.2-mile swim with a time of 27:37. New Zealand’s Samantha Warriner and Major emerged next. While Warriner used a strong bike leg to head into T2 in first place, it was American Heather Jackson who hammered the bike course in 2:29:53 to easily make up her poor swim to start the day. Jackson was second onto the run course, followed by Major and Australia’s Carrie Lester. Unlike the men’s race, the women’s win did not go to the fastest runner. Major’s lead from the swim and bike was barely enough to hold of a fast-running Snow. Major took the win in 4:30:36, with Snow crossing 20 seconds later for second.
Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island – July 11, 2010
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 4:01:15
2. Tim Berkel (AUS) 4:02:05
3. Paul Ambrose (GBR) 4:03:01
4. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:06:59
5. Maxim Kriat (UKR) 4:07:42
1. Kate Major (AUS) 4:30:36
2. Caitlin Snow (USA) 4:30:58
3. Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:33:32
4. Kim Loeffler (USA) 4:33:46
5. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:34:12