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Monday, September 9, 2013
Specialized’s Melissa Hauschildt won her second 70.3 Ironman World Championship title in Las Vegas with a dominant display.
She came into the race as a heavy favorite after an incredible 2013 season, with a string of 70.3 victories as well as an ITU Long Distance World Title.
“It’s awesome to regain my World title here. I felt great out there despite a crash with 3km to go!
The Australian star biked her way to the front of the race after giving up a little time in the 1.9km swim
“I got up to four lead girls around 68km and went straight to the front. I was obviously biking the fastest having caught them and so I wanted to keep that pace. I think that put me in control as I am confident in my half marathon run”
“My swim and bike have improved since 2011 and whilst I haven’t worked on my run it is always a strength of mine”
“Although it was wet I still went with my new white Evade helmet as it gives a little bit more ventilation whilst retaining it’s aero advantage. Despite the grey skies it was still very humid and so I stuck pretty much to my nutrition plan – fluids in my fuselage, up front and also behind my Sitero”
“It was not until the last mile, on the last downhill that I was confident of the win. You just never know. Everything that goes before adds up – the swim, the bike, how efficient you are, your aero, your nutrition, all the little things. The best of the best are here today and with the influx of ITU girls the depth is incredible across all three disciples, so definitely you have to be at your best to win”
“I said at the start of the year that my goals were Abu Dhabi, Des Moines and especially here today. And so I am delighted to deliver”
Ironman 70.3 World Championships 1.2m swim / 56m bike / 13.1m run Top women 1. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 4:20:07 2. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:25:19 3. Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:25:59 4. Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:27:50 5. Svenja Bazlen (GER) 4:27:52 6. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:28:46 7. Lisa Hutthaler (AUT) 4:29:58 8. Lisa Norden (SWE) 4:31:44
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