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IRONMAN Chattanooga

    Kevin Mackinnon talks with Angela Naeth about her chances at IRONMAN Chattanooga

    Ready to go

    Good morning from Chattanooga, Tennessee! We're a little over a half hour from the start of the race and so far it looks like we're in for a great day. The temperature is 62 degrees (17 C) with an expected high of 78 F (26 C). There is a 10 percent chance of rain. The water is too warm for wetsuit-legal racing, but athletes can wear wetsuits if they want and not be eligible for awards or Kona slots.

    We're out on the water right now, waiting on the swim start, which is 2.4 miles up the river. They had hoped the dam could be closed this morning so there wouldn't be much current, but it looks like they've had to allow some more current (it's a hydroelectric dam, so the water flow is based on the electric needs here in Chattanooga at any given time) so we're in for a fast swim!
    There were 2,330 athletes who checked in for today's race - a great field for the inaugural event here in Chattanooga.

    The swim course for today's race - a fast, downcurrent swim!

    #IMChattanooga Minutes away from the race start. Water 77 degrees, so no wetsuits today. Water is flowing on the river, too - fast swim!

    Pros heading to the water

    Ready to go!

    #IMChattanooga The pro men are in the water. Pro women to head off a few minutes later - then the age group women followed by age groupers.
    #IMChattanooga Luis Alverez and Jeff Jonas made it! Mallorca yesterday, then flew overnight to get here for Chattanooga.
    Luis Alvarez and Jeff Jonas have done every Ironman in the world - they are keeping their record intact with a crazy weekend that includes racing in Mallorca yesterday - they finished in 14:23, then flying on a chartered jet overnight so they could race here in Chattanooga!

    Also in the field today is John Wragg, who completed his 177th Ironman in Wales a few weeks ago.

    The men are off.

    #IMChattanooga The race has started! Pro men are off - pro women heading out in a few minutes.
    Brandon Barrett and Eric Limkeman remain out in front and are almost done the swim course.
    #IMChattanooga 2,130 athletes ended up starting today's race - everyone is in the water now.
    #IMChattanooga Brandon Barrett and Eric Limkeman are out of the water in 38 minutes! The water is definitely flowing fast this morning!
    #IMChattanooga The huge chase group of 18 is out! In that group is Trevor Wurtele - a great swim for the Canadian.
    #IMChattanooga Anna Cleaver, from New Zealand but who lives in Chattanooga, is on her way out of the water - a great swim.
    #IMChattanooga Nina Kraft has just exited the water - she will be about 2 minutes behind Cleaver as she starts the bike ride.
    Watch out for Angela Naeth here today! Typically a weaker swimmer who has to make up lots of time on the faster swimmers (which she does more than often - she's a 10-time Ironman 70.3 champion), Naeth was in the top-five out of the water this morning!
    First 20 men out of the water:
    1 38:06 50 Brandon Barrett USA
    2 38:10 0:04 24 Eric Limkemann USA
    3 40:22 2:16 8 Per Bittner DEU
    4 40:27 2:21 45 Karol Kristov ESP
    5 40:28 2:23 34 Aj Baucco USA
    6 40:29 2:23 17 Guilherme Manocchio BRA
    7 40:31 2:25 25 James Lamastra USA
    8 40:31 2:25 40 Jonathan Shearon USA
    9 40:33 2:27 48 Trevor Wurtele CAN
    10 40:35 2:29 12 Devon Palmer USA
    11 40:39 2:33 6 Swen Sundberg DEU
    12 40:43 2:37 78 Trevor Delsaut FRA
    13 40:43 2:37 2 Pedro Gomes PRT
    14 40:47 2:41 26 Chris Boudreaux USA
    15 40:49 2:43 20 Matt Hanson USA
    16 40:50 2:44 49 Derek Garcia USA
    17 40:50 2:45 22 Gergo Molnar HUN
    18 40:53 2:47 21 Daniel Bretscher USA
    19 40:58 2:52 18 Chad Holderbaum USA
    20 41:01 2:55 43 Tom Wood USA
    The first 18 women out of the water - turns out Angela Naeth had a great swim, but not as great as we originally thought, but she's in a great position starting the bike.
    1 39:56 61 Anna Cleaver NZL
    2 41:38 1:43 73 Kathryn Thomas USA
    3 41:38 1:43 67 Christine Hammond USA
    4 41:39 1:44 55 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA
    5 41:40 1:44 76 Malaika Homo USA
    6 41:43 1:47 74 Rebeccah Wassner USA
    7 41:46 1:51 75 Laurel Wassner USA
    8 41:52 1:57 51 Nina Kraft DEU
    9 44:25 4:30 66 Whitney Garcia Mccain USA
    10 44:29 4:34 77 Anne Basso FRA
    11 45:11 5:16 53 Angela Naeth CAN
    12 45:26 5:30 65 Shannon Florea USA
    13 45:32 5:37 69 Hannah Lawrence NZL
    14 45:34 5:39 70 Heather Leiggi USA
    15 46:02 6:06 71 Cindy Lewis CAN
    16 47:38 7:42 68 Jennie Hansen USA
    17 47:48 7:53 57 Ruth Brennan Morrey USA
    18 47:55 8:00 58 Brooke Brown CAN
    #IMChattanooga Official swim time for Brandon Barrett: 38:06! Anna Cleaver goes 39:56 to lead the women.
    #IMChattanooga Brandon Barrett still in front with a 10 second lead on Eric Limkemann through 10 miles.
    TOP 10 Pro Women - Thru Bike Split 1 - 28 miles
    Here's a surprise in the women's race - the woman who normally hammers through the field on bike, Angela Naeth, is losing time to race-leader Anna Cleaver. Laurel Wassner has managed to pull away from big sister (they're twins, Laurel is younger by 5 minutes) to hold second all by herself.

    1 1:53:59 61 Anna Cleaver NZL
    2 1:58:00 4:01 75 Laurel Wassner USA
    3 1:58:55 4:57 74 Rebeccah Wassner USA
    4 2:03:53 9:54 53 Angela Naeth CAN
    5 2:04:51 10:52 76 Malaika Homo USA
    #IMChattanooga Anna Cleaver leads by four minutes over Laurel Wassner. Rebeccah Wassner in third @ 5 minutes. Angela Naeth in 4th @ 10 mins.
    Race leader Eric Limkemann had to pull out of Subaru Ironman Mont-Tremblant earlier this year, the victim of some broken ribs. Today is going much better - he's still in the lead through 37 miles.
    Here are the top-10 age group men through 28 miles of the bike:
    TOP 10 Age Group Men - Thru Bike Split 1 - 28 miles

    1 1:53:54 580 Bruce Gennari USA
    2 1:54:46 0:52 610 Derek Kidwell USA
    3 1:59:58 6:05 789 Frank Fawcett USA
    4 2:00:37 6:43 1411 Thomas Odom USA
    5 2:00:52 6:59 612 Justin Moyer USA
    6 2:00:53 6:59 182 Chad Hon USA
    7 2:02:16 8:23 616 Jeff Vandusen USA
    8 2:02:19 8:26 544 Steve Voss USA
    9 2:03:32 9:38 2308 Stephen Locke USA
    10 2:04:17 10:23 560 John Wiygul USA
    #IMChattanooga Through 37 miles of the men's race, Eric Limkemann remains in front. Per Bittner is now 1 minute back. Brandon in third @ 3m
    #IMChattanooga Anna Cleaver remains in front at 37 miles. Angela Naeth now charging hard chasing the Kiwi with the Wassner twins in between.
    We're getting reports that Angela Naeth is now in second, about 3 minutes behind Anna Cleaver, with the Wassners at almost 10 minutes back with Malaika Homo. We'll try to confirm those splits with the timing data at the 47-mile point of the run.
    #IMChattanooga Eric Limkemann is on fire on the bike again - he's opened up a gap of 3 minutes on Germany's Per Bittmer through 47 miles.
    #IMChattanooga OK - our timing woes are fixed! Angela Naeth is definitely in second, our spotters were right!
    Here are your top women through 47 miles:
    TOP 10 Pro Women - Thru Bike Split 2 - 47 miles

    1 2:43:46 61 Anna Cleaver NZL
    2 2:46:38 2:53 53 Angela Naeth CAN
    3 2:52:51 9:06 75 Laurel Wassner USA
    4 2:52:52 9:07 76 Malaika Homo USA
    5 2:52:57 9:12 74 Rebeccah Wassner USA
    6 2:54:34 10:49 67 Christine Hammond USA
    7 2:58:39 14:54 68 Jennie Hansen USA
    8 2:59:16 15:31 73 Kathryn Thomas USA
    9 2:59:35 15:49 66 Whitney Garcia Mccain USA
    10 3:00:13 16:28 57 Ruth Brennan Morrey USA
    11 3:00:13 16:28 77 Anne Basso FRA
    12 3:02:27 18:42 58 Brooke Brown CAN
    13 3:02:32 18:47 71 Cindy Lewis CAN
    14 3:03:23 19:38 70 Heather Leiggi USA
    15 3:05:04 21:18 55 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA
    16 3:07:17 23:32 65 Shannon Florea USA
    17 3:08:12 24:27 69 Hannah Lawrence NZL
    18 3:15:36 31:51 63 Janet Edwards USA
    Out in front of the race through 66 miles, Erick Limkemann remains in front with Trevor Wurtele trying to bridge up to him. Devon Palmer has now made a move to the front of the chase group. He is leading the group, that includes Bittner and Boudreaux.
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