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IRONMAN 70.3 Durban

  • Welcome to the inaugural Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban!
  • Marais and Edwards favourites for inaugural Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban

    Marais is known as a strong runner but is also a good all-round triathlete. If he is near the front of the pack coming off the bike he will have every chance at winning. His maiden win at IRONMAN 70.3 Pescara in Italy saw him rebuff the challenge of experienced Italian athlete, Domineco Passuello. Similarly, his second place finish at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa was arguably tougher having to see off competition from Kyle Buckingham and IRONMAN 70.3 European champion, Bart Aernouts only for Matt Trautman, probably South Africa’s long-distance triathlete of the moment, to pass him with less than 5km to go.
    His strongest competition will come in the form of Travis Johnston and Michael Davidson. Johnston, who comes from a duathlon background, recently switched focus from Olympic qualification to IRONMAN 70.3 racing. If he can manage a consistent swim he could pose a genuine threat to the lead. Davidson has won a half-distance race in Durban but has yet to taste victory at an IRONMAN 70.3 race. Durban’s own Donovan Van Gelder will also be in the mix and will use his 20 plus years of experience and knowledge of the local conditions to his advantage.
    The professional women’s field will be more unpredictable with a strong line-up featuring some prominent international athletes headlined by Great Britain’s Parys Edwards and the Czech Republic’s Lucie Reed.
    Both athletes competed at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City but it was Edwards he came out on top, finishing third behind fellow Britons, Jodie Swallow and Susie Cheetham while Reed suffered a stomach bug forcing her to withdraw during the bike leg.
    Edwards has since gone on to record her maiden win at IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay and is definitely on the rise. She is the form athlete going into the race and will not be too unfamiliar with the local conditions being born in Zimbabwe before representing both Zimbabwe and South Africa at hockey before moving to the UK.
    Reed brings with her a wealth of experience being an IRONMAN 70.3 champion and consistent podium finisher. The Czech, who now lives in Johannesburg, is a strong swimmer and cyclist and is used to competing in strong fields.
    Competing in South Africa for the first time is US athlete, Kendra Goffredo. Goffredo will come into the race as something of an unknown quantity. She was a top 10 finisher at IRONMAN 70.3 Pucon in Chile earlier this year but whether she can challenge for the podium remains to be seen.
    Andrea Steyn will be flying the South African flag in the women’s professional field. Known for her strong performances across the standard distance, Steyn is an accomplished athlete from a duathlon background. Her real strength lies in her biking ability and her 7th place finish at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa shows that she could be in contention for a first IRONMAN 70.3 career podium.
    The Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban takes place in the city for the first time and will see a sold-out field of 3000 athletes, 89% of which will be coming from outside of Durban. This makes the race the biggest triathlon ever to be hosted in Durban.
  • The pro race will start on Sunday at 7 am CET. Tune in on Sunday!
  • PRO Women at yesterday's PRO Press Conference. From left to right: Andrea Steyn (RSA), Kendra Goffredo (USA) and Parys Edwards (GBR). Lucie Reed (CZE) missed the conference but is racing on Sunday.

  • PRO Men at yesterday's PRO Press Conference. From left to right: Freddy Lampret (RSA), Donovan Van Gelder (RSA), Rudolf Naude (RSA), Travis Johnston (RSA), Gerhard De Bruin (RSA), Michael Davidson (RSA), Stuart Marais (RSA).

  • Registration has been busy this morning

  • Official Swim Training was full of excited athletes this morning.

    Photo: Kierran Allen Photography

  • Beautiful conditions today. The athletes will be hoping for more of the same tomorrow.

    Photo: Kierran Allen Photography

  • A packed Race Briefing

    Photo: Kierran Allen Photography

  • Photo: Kierran Allen Photography

  • Photo: Kierran Allen Photography

  • Photo: Kierran Allen Photography

  • Photo: Kierran Allen Photography

  • Welcome to our Race Day coverage of the inaugural Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban.
  • It's a cool morning but early conditions look good. We should be in for a great race on a what looks like a fast course.
  • We're minutes away from the PRO Start. PRO men starting at 07h00, PRO women at 07h02 and age group rolling start at 07h15
  • Men's PRO Field:
    Stuart Marais (RSA)
    Michael Davidson (RSA)
    Gerhard De Bruin (RSA)
    Travis Johnston (RSA)
    Rudolf Naude (RSA)
    Freddy Lampret (RSA)
  • PRO Men have started.
  • Women's PRO Field:
    Lucie Reed (CZE)
    Parys Edwards (GBR)
    Kendra Goffredo (USA)
    Andrea Steyn (RSA)
  • And the PRO women are off.
  • Stuart Marais is the pre-race men's favourite.
  • Age Group athletes are now in the water. The first time a rolling start is used in South Africa.
  • Leading men are making their way out of the water.
  • The action from earlier at the swim start

  • The leading women are exiting the water, and making their way onto the bike course
  • Top 6 Pro Men Swim Exit:

    1 NAUDE, Rudolf RSA -- -- 00:25:04
    2 LAMPRET, Freddy RSA -- -- 00:25:46
    3 MARAIS, Stuart RSA -- -- 00:26:06
    4 DE BRUIN, Gerhard RSA -- -- 00:26:57
    5 JOHNSTON, Travis RSA -- -- 00:27:02
    6 DAVIDSON, Michael RSA -- -- 00:27:04
  • Top 3 Pro Women Swim Exit:

    1 ZELENKOVA, Lucie CZE -- -- 00:27:15
    2 STEYN, Andrea RSA -- -- 00:29:29
    3 EDWARDS, Parys UNI -- -- 00:30:29
  • Top Men at the 14Km mark

    MARAIS, Stuart RSA
    NAUDE, Rudolf RSA
    LAMPRET, Freddy RSA
    DE BRUIN, Gerhard RSA
    JOHNSTON, Travis RSA
    DAVIDSON, Michael RSA
  • Stuart remains in the lead, being chased by Rudolf who is 2 minutes behind
  • Local rugby legend John Smit is out the water and on the bike course
  • In the ladies race Lucy remains in the lead, followed closely by Andrea
  • The order of the top pro men remains mostly unchanged, with Stuart opening his lead to 4 minutes

    MARAIS, Stuart RSA
    NAUDE, Rudolf RSA
    DE BRUIN, Gerhard RSA
    LAMPRET, Freddy RSA
    JOHNSTON, Travis RSA
    DAVIDSON, Michael RSA
  • The order of the top pro women:

    ZELENKOVA, Lucie CZE
    STEYN, Andrea RSA
    EDWARDS, Parys UNI
    GOFFREDO, Kendra USA
  • The top 3 pro ladies are in one group with Kendra chasing form far behind
  • The leading men have reached the turn around point at 35km, and are now making their way back.
  • The men's race is starting to heat up with Stuart opening his lead to 5 mins, and Travis leading the chase in second
  • In our women's race, Parys has taken the lead followed closely by Andrea and Lucie
  • Stuart leading on the bike, enjoying the conditions in Durban

  • At the 55Km mark, its Stuart leading the chase group

    MARAIS, Stuart RSA
    JOHNSTON, Travis RSA
    DAVIDSON, Michael RSA
    DE BRUIN, Gerhard RSA
    NAUDE, Rudolf RSA
    LAMPRET, Freddy RSA
  • Our pro women have split with Parys and Andrea leading

  • Stuart and gone past beach wood golf course, and is getting to the final kilometers of the bike
  • The time gaps at 71Km

    Stuart MARAIS Pro 02:10:45
    Travis JOHNSTON Pro +00:07:00
    Michael DAVIDSON Pro +00:07:01
  • Our leading woman, Parys Edwards

  • Our leading Women have passed 70Km and are still only meters apart.
  • Andrea has just made her move, pulling away from Parys with roughly 15Km to go.
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