July 3, 2011- The first Ironman 70.3 Korea is in the books. The event, which was run at the same time the Ironman Korea was underway, attracted a strong pro field. Ten time Ironman New Zealand champion Cameron Brown was considered the favorite in the men’s field, but fellow Kiwi Guy Crawford and Sweden’s Fredrik Croneborg were considered threats. In the women’s race, another New Zealander Joanna Lawn was the favorite. Lawn already has wins this year at Port Macquarie and at Busselton. This event got some extra slots for the 70.3 World Championship when the Ironman 70.3 China cancelled their race.
At the least minute, it was revealed that live tracking was not going to be available. Unfortunately, the normal split information available in this column wouldn’t be present.
The 1.2 mile swim was a New Zealand sweep. First out of the water was Kieran Doe. Guy Crawford and Cameron Brown were second and third respectively heading into T1.
The 56 mile bike ride held no surprises. The same three men that led after the swim were in the lead after the bike ride. Crawford had taken over as leader with Brown close behind. Doe was the third man heading into T2.
Cameron Brown took over the lead during the 13.1 mile run and won the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Korea with a time of 4:03:58. Guy Crawford finished second in 4:15:03 and Kieran Doe finished third to make it an all New Zealand podium for the men with a time of 4:15:56.
Croneborg finished fourth and Australian age grouper Jarrod Owen rounded out the top 5. Young Hwan Oh was the top Korean finisher.
Joanna Lawn led the women out of the water. She had a strong swim that made her the 5thathlete overall in the swim. Age grouper Sarah Wheeler was the second woman into T1.
Lawn kept her lead through the bike ride. Japan’s Yasuko Miyazki was the second woman into T2, about 19 minutes off the lead. American Dawn Zitko was the third woman off the bike.
Jo Lawn had a good lead heading into the run and she was never close to losing it. Joanna Lawn won the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Korea women’s title with an overall time of 4:38:54.
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