Former Ironman 70.3 world champ Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) and the top American finish in Kona, Mary Beth Ellis, earned the victories at Ironman 70.3 Florida.
Luxembourg’s Dirk Bockel, who calls nearby Saint Augustine, Fla. home, led the men out the 1.2-mile swim with a split of 23:39. James Hadley (USA), Bozzone and four others followed him closely into T1. Bozzone, who has spent the last couple of years working to come back from an Achilles injury, hammered on the 56-mile bike ride alongside Bockel and the two came into the second transition together. Bozzone and Bockel maintained their side-by-side status through the early miles of the run, but it was Bozzone who had the faster backend speed. His 1:14:40 half marathon cemented a 3:45:51 victory. Collington, who earned the U.S. 70.3 Pro Championship title two weeks ago, posted the second fastest run of the day to earn second, while Bockel easily held on for third.
Australia’s Kat Baker led the women’s efforts into the first transition, thanks to a swim time of 25:35. Americans Mary Beth Ellis and Dede Griesbauer were not far behind. Ellis worked on the bike, with Baker trying to keep pace through the first half. The American eventually created a bit of a gap and headed into T2 with a lead of 1:27 over Baker and a lead of 5:38 over American Jessica Smith. Ellis’ lead only grew from there. She earned the win in an overall time of 4:14:03. American Mandy McLane ran her way to second, with New Zealand’s Jo Lawn rounding out the top three.
Ironman 70.3 Florida
Haines City, Fla. – May 19, 2013
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:45:51
2. Kevin Collington (USA) 3:47:12
3. Dirk Bockel (LUX) 3:48:16
4. Maxim Kriat (ITA) 3:51:59
5. Arturo Garza (MEX) 3:56:29
1. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:14:03
2. Mandy McLane (USA) 4:19:10
3. Jo Lawn (NZL) 4:20:51
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