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IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland

    Male Professional Athletes

    1 MPRO A BOZZONE Terenzo
    2 MPRO A REED Tim
    3 MPRO A BROWN Cameron
    7 MPRO A SEEAR James
    10 MPRO A LAMPE Joe
    12 MPRO A BOWSTEAD James
    14 MPRO A COCHRANE Simon
    15 MPRO A ELLICE Clark
    17 MPRO A HULTGREN Marcus
    18 MPRO A MCNEICE Dylan
    19 MPRO A MILLWARD Callum
    21 MPRO A READ Carl
    22 MPRO A RIX Josh
    23 MPRO A SMITH Reilly
    24 MPRO A STABRYLA Leigh
    Female Professional Athletes

    31 FPRO B LUXFORD Annabel
    32 FPRO B KESSLER Meredith
    35 FPRO B WATKINSON Amelia
    36 FPRO B BOHLIN Amanda
    37 FPRO B BURKE Melanie
    39 FPRO B COOGAN Kym
    41 FPRO B GRANT Julia
    42 FPRO B HALLETT Kristy
    44 FPRO B RUSSELL Anna

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    Bowstead has extended bike lead to 50secs on the bike at St Heliers.
    Amelia Watkinson is 3:08 down in third and Anna Russell 5:08 back in fourth at 44km mark on the bike.
    The men's elite race approaching the two-hour mark and it is wide open.

    Stunning surrounds on the bike with Mark Bowstead. Photo Daryl Carey

    The second half of the bike ride is flat as a pancake, so the elites will be reaching high speeds.

    Terenzo Bozzone along the Auckland city waterfront. Photo Daryl Carey

    The home crowd will be delighted to see a Kiwi leading the men's elite field. Six New Zealanders in the top 11.
    @MBowstead has just started out on his final lap of the bike with a sizeable lead #im703Auckland
    Kessler has turned at St Heliers and extended her lead in the women's elite race to just over one minute
    At 67km @MBowstead holds a 1:06 advantage from a chasing group of ten #im703Auckland
    Among the chasing pack on the bike are IRONMAN legends Cameron Brown and Craig Alexander combined age 83!
    The men's race might be close but the women's race by contrast is very stretched.
    Mark Bowstead first around the St Heliers turn for the last time.
    Thoughts now will surely be turning to the run as the chasing pack round the St Heliers turn.
    @MBowstead leads chasing pack by 1:30 around the final St Heliers turn #im703Auckland
    @mbkessler up by 1:28 on @Gina_Crawford at 67km on the bike #im703Auckland
    Amelia Watkinson remains third on the bike at 3:55 down on Kessler at 67km on the bike.
    Terenzo Bozzone update: At 67km he was in 13th 8:38 down.
    Auckland-based Anna Russell remains fourth in the women's race 6:22 back at 67km on the bike.
    Bowstead will shortly enter second transition. A stellar ride. Now what can he do on the run?
    Crunch time! Race leader Bowstead about to step off the bike.
    @MBowstead holds a 1:01 lead from the ten-strong pursuing pack through T2 #im703Auckland
    Craig Alexander and Cameron Brown among the chasers. The slightly adjusted time difference is 1:38 behind Bowstead.
    What a next hour or so of action we are set to enjoy in the men's elite race. Who will prevail?
    Tim Reed and Craig Alexander have opened up a slight gap and are currently best placed to catch Bowstead.
    Bozzone almost nine minutes down on the leaders through T2 in 13th
    Kessler at the final turn at St Heliers had extended her advantage to 1:40 in the women's elite race.

    Race leader Mark Bowstead out on the run. Photo Daryl Carey

    @mbkessler in T2 with a sizeable lead in the elite women's race.#im703Auckland
    Can second placed Gina Crawford catch Kessler? The gap is 57 seconds going into the run.
    Bowstead has just rounded the first turn on the first lap (around 5km) just 15 seconds clear.
    Apologies. A small technical glitch. The gap between Kessler and Crawford was 2:02 through T2.
    Major development in the men's race as @Timboreed takes the lead in men's elite race #im703Auckland
    The men's elite race is starting to unravel as the leaders approach the end of the first of two laps.
    Complete with baseball cap on backwards, Reed looks controlled at the head of affairs.
    Amelia Watkinson 4:27 back in third through T2 in women's elite race.
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