Americans Daniel Bretscher and Jessica Jacobs took the victories at today’s Ironman 70.3 Steelhead in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Bretscher combined a 26:18 swim, a 2:08:27 bike and a 1:19:06 run to take the 3:57:17, the only finish time under the four-hour mark. Argentina’s Mario De Elias posted the fastest run split of the day at 1:16:27 to earn second. American Zach Ruble had a steady day across the three disciplines and finished third.
Jacobs overcame a slow swim with the fastest bike and run splits of the women’s field to earn the victory. Her 1:21:19 half-marathon sealed the deal for the 4:24:43 victory. American Lesley Smith finished second, with Mandy McLane making it an all-American podium by finishing in third.
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead
Benton Harbor, Mich. – Aug. 19, 2012
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Daniel Bretscher (USA) 3:57:17
2. Mario De Elias (ARG) 4:00:42
3. Zach Ruble (USA) 4:04:01
4. Robert Wade (USA) 4:04:35
5. Nick Waninger (USA) 4:05:05
1. Jessica Jacobs (USA) 4:24:43
2. Lesley Smith (USA) 4:28:38
3. Mandy McLane (USA) 4:29:03
4. Beth Shutt (USA) 4:30:47
5. Michelle Gailey (AUS) 4:34:21