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Tough Pro Field Headed To Final 70.3 World Championship In Vegas

  • By Liz Hichens
  • Published Sep 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM UTC
Kienle out-biked his competition to win in 2012. Photo: Jeff Bottari


Henderson, Nev., will play host to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship this weekend for the third and final time. Ironman announced earlier this year that starting next year the race will rotate around the world, with Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, hosting the 2014 event.

Approximately 80 professionals and 2,100 age-groupers representing 53 countries will take on a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Las Vegas, a 56-mile bike ride through the Lake Mead Recreational Park and a 13.1-mile run through the streets of Henderson. As always, the Henderson heat—temperatures have been in the triple digits all week—and tough hilly course will present the biggest challenges for all of the athletes.

Preview the pro race below and check back for more from Henderson.

Men’s Preview

Although 2012 70.3 world champion Sebastian Kienle (GER) will definitely be on the radar of all of his competitors this year, it’s hard to call him the favorite. Kienle has struggled with an injury throughout the year and had to keep his running mileage low early in the season. He’ll also face a tougher field than last year. Along with the usual suspects, several Olympians are making the jump up to the 70.3 distance.

Two-time 70.3 world champion (and three-time Ironman world champion) Craig Alexander (AUS) is the sentimental favorite for triathlon fans around the world. At age 40, Crowie has made it clear that he’s not sure how many more world championship runs he will be making in his career. With the birth of a new daughter early in 2013, Alexander has kept a relatively low profile throughout the heart of the 2013, only choosing to race in a handful of races including Ironman Melbourne (where he placed third), Ironman 70.3 Hawaii (first), Ironman 70.3 Kansas (first) and Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens (first). Alexander raced last year’s Vegas and Kona competitions with a back injury that he kept quiet, and he still managed to finish in the runner-up spot at this race. If he’s healthy, he may be tough to beat.

Editor-at-large Holly Bennett polled several top pro triathletes who aren’t racing in Vegas and asked them who they thought would win this race, and several chose Jan Frodeno of Germany. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist was well in contention at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden, Germany, before he got into T2 and no one could find his transition bag. After a 90-second delay, Frodeno ran his way to second position thanks to a 1:08:52 half-marathon. Though not a win, Frodeno looked nearly untouchable in the race. The man who did win that race, Ritchie Nicholls (GBR), was another favorite among the pros. He had an equally fast run to beat out the tough field.

Other former ITU stars to watch for include New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty (who also finished third at this race last year), Canada’s Brent McMahon (the 70.3 St. George winner), Will Clarke (GBR), Tim Don (GBR), Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) and Ivan Rana (ESP).

The two American favorites to do well in Kona this year will also be competing in Vegas. Andy Potts, the 2007 70.3 world champion, and Tim O’Donnell have both made their races on the Big Island the priority, but showed last year that they’re capable of doing well at both races with top-five finishes in Vegas and top-10 finishes in Kona.

Finally, 2008 70.3 world champion Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Rev3 Quassy winner Joe Gambles (AUS), Ironman Australia and Mont-Tremblant winner Luke Bell (AUS) and former short-course star Greg Bennett (AUS) will all be looking for a spot on the podium.

See the complete start list below:
1 Sebastian Kienle DEU
2 Bevan Docherty NZL
3 Andy Potts USA
4 Craig Alexander AUS
5 Brent Mcmahon CAN
6 Terenzo Bozzone NZL
7 Joe Gambles AUS
8 Timothy Reed AUS
9 Bart Aernouts BEL
10 Ritchie Nicholls GBR
11 Josh Amberger AUS
12 Greg Bennett AUS
14 Christian Kemp AUS
15 Leon Griffin AUS
16 Kevin Collington USA
17 Tim Don GBR
18 Jordan Jones USA
19 Luke Bell AUS
20 Timothy Odonnell USA
22 Oscar Galindez ARG
23 Callum Millward NZL
24 Samuel Betten AUS
25 Ruedi Wild CHE
26 Samuel Appleton AUS
27 Paul Matthews AUS
28 Will Clarke GBR
30 Matt Reed USA
31 Igor Amorelli BRA
32 Luke Mckenzie AUS
33 James Hadley GBR
34 John Polson AUS
35 David Kahn USA
36 Ryan Rau USA
38 Joseph Lampe AUS
39 Jan Van Berkel CHE
40 Brad Kahlefeldt AUS
41 Robert Wade IRL
42 Andreas Dreitz DEU
43 Boris Stein DEU
44 Ivan Vasiliev RUS
45 Felipe Van De Wyngard CHL
47 Tyler Butterfield BMU
48 Jan Frodeno DEU
49 Bertrand Billard FRA
50 Guy Crawford NZL
51 Alberto Casadei ITA
53 Christopher Baird USA
54 Alex Reithmeier AUT
55 Mark Bowstead NZL
56 Ivan Rana ITA

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Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens is the Web Producer of Triathlete.com. She is an Ironman and marathon finisher and fan of all endurance sports.

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