Bracht, Crawford top seeds for IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan
IRONMAN stars Timo Bracht and Gina Crawford have the top billing as the spotlight returns to the tropical Indonesian island of Bintan for the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan on Sunday.
Bracht, from Germany, is a six-time IRONMAN winner who has also achieved six top-10 finishes at the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii.
The star who has victories at Germany and ?Roth to his credit, will not have things his own way with challenges expected from two-time Australian Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt and Sweden's Fredrik Croneborg, who both have shown great form in 2015.
Kahlefeldt took third on his IRONMAN debut at this year's Asia-Pacific IRONMAN Championship in Melbourne, while Croneborg had a superb eight days in April, following up a third place at IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya by going one better at IRONMAN Taiwan a week later. The Phuket-based Croneborg has a great track record racing in heat and humidity, conditions that are guaranteed in Bintan.
In the women's race, 13-time IRONMAN champion Crawford has also shown that she can handle the sultry conditions expected on race day, having won MetaMan Bintan in 2014. Fellow Kiwi Candice Hammond has experienced winning in Bintan too – she took the MetaMan crown in 2012 – while 2015 IRONMAN France champion Caitlin Snow of the United States will also be among the favourites.
The race weekend is centred on the IRONMAN Village in the beautiful Plaza Lagoi resort area of Bintan, just a short coach trip from the island’s main ferry terminal. Bintan sits on Singapore’s doorstep, with most of the athletes transiting to the race via a 50-minute cruise from the city-state.
The action begins at 6am on Sunday for the start of the professional race with the winner expected around 10am (local time).
Joining the pros on the start line at the Lagoi Bay beachfront will be 800 age groupers chasing the 40 qualifying spots available for the 2016 World 70.3 Championship on Australia's Sunshine Coast next September.
#IM703Bintan All athletes are getting ready for race start, Pro men's starting at 06:00 local time. (in 95 minutes)
Under 45 minutes away from the male pro's hitting the water, the water temp is a lovely 29 degrees #IM703Bintan
30 minutes away from race start. Kahlefeldt, Bracht and Croneborg looking ready to go. #IM703Bintan
Women pro's starting at 06:05 local time Wassner, Gibb, Snow and Crawford the favorites. #IM703Bintan
15 minutes until race start #IM703Bintan
Male pro's have started with the Female pro's moments away from hitting the water #IM703Bintan
Mike Phillips leads @sticksy out of the water with Lachlan Kerin in third, its very close. #IM703Bintan
Female Pro's only minutes from exiting the water #IM703Bintan
Laurel Wassner leads Gina Crawford out of the water by two seconds #IM703Bintan
First bike split is 23 kms out on the course so we should have some information on who is leading the men's pro's very soon. #IM703Bintan
The lead three men's pro's through 23 kms on the bike are @sticksy, Phillips and Bracht #IM703Bintan
Having a couple of internet issues out on the course, will have an update of the women's pro's leader board as soon as possible #IM703Bintan
Male Pro's are now at the 50km mark on the bike course we will update the leader board as soon as possible #IM703Bintan
@frreddie is now leading the Men's pro's approximately 60 kms into the bike leg with a pack of four chasing. #IM703Bintan
Gina Crawford leads Women's Pro's at 56 kms. #IM703Bintan
@frreddie still leading at the 70km mark on the bike course with Mike Phillips, Timo Bracht and Lachlan Kerin chasing. #IM703Bintan
@frreddie leads out on the run with @sticksy, Bracht, Phillips and Kerin only seconds behind, should be an exciting finish. #IM703Bintan
Crawford leads Gibb and Snow out onto the run by over two minutes in the women's pro #IM703Bintan
@sticksy starting to put the hammer down taking a nice lead into the second lap of three. Followed by Phillips and @frreddie #IM703Bintan
@sticksy really dominating now moving onto the final lap. While Gina Crawford still leading the women's pro's. #IM703Bintan
Mike Phillips in second place over three minutes behind with @frreddie a minute behind Phillips. #IM703Bintan
Crawford leading with Gibb and Snow two and a half minutes behind, on the second lap of three. #IM703Bintan
Mike Phillips takes second place #IM703Bintan
@frreddie takes third place #IM703Bintan
Caitlin Snow takes second place #IM703Bintan
Katey Gibb takes third place #IM703Bintan
Top three pro's for the men
1st @sticksy 3h 55m 31sec 2nd Mike Phillips 4h 18 sec 3rd @frreddie 4h 02mins 39 sec #IM703Bintan
Top three pro's for the women 1st Gina Crawford 4h 25mins 19 sec 2nd Caitlin Snow 4h 27 mins 02 sec 3rd Katey Gibb 4h 30mins 03 sec #IM703Bintan