Today on the 7th September at Ironman 70.3 world championship it was the women race day. That was something incredible. Congratulation to Daniele Ryf (SUI) for her 5th Ironman 70.3 world champion title. 2nd place – Holly Lawrence (GBR), 3rd place – Imogen Simmonds (SUI), 4th place – Chelsea Sodaro (USA) and 5th place – Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR).
Check out the highlights on the Triathlon Endurance World Youtube channel.
Swimming Component of the Race
Let’s look a bit more into the swim part of the race. The water temperature on the 7th September was 24 degrees Celsius (59 degrees F) which means no wetsuits allowed for pro athletes according to regulations (no wetsuits starting from 21,5 degrees Celsius water temperature). It was a bit windy and the water was “textured”.
As no surprise right away from the start Lucy Charles-Barclay powered away from the other athletes. For the first few hundred meters Holly Lawrence tried to hold the tempo of Lucy Charles-Barclay, but had no slightest chance. Lucy Charles-Barclay got out of the water first with an impressive lead of almost 1 minute over Pâmella Oliveira (BRA), Holly Lawrence (GBR) and Ellie Salthouse (AUS). Interesting fact that until this race Lucy Charles-Barclay has set a swimming course records in 67 % races where she has participated.
Triathletes and Their Swimskins
As mentioned before because of the warm water temperature wetsuits were not allowed. Let’s examine first 10 pro female athletes out of water and the swimskins (also called Speedsuits) they were racing in. I also added the swim times.
Pro Women (exiting the water)
1 Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) / 25:23 – Roka Viper
2 Pâmella Oliveira (BRA) / 26:21 – Blue Seventy PZ4TX
3 Holly Lawrence (GBR) / 26:23 – TYR Torque Pro
4 Ellie Salthouse (AUS) / 26:23 – Roka Viper
5 Haley Chura (USA) / 26.28 – TYR Torque Pro
6 Daniela Ryf (SUI) / 26.32 – Debour Tsunami 1.0
7 India Lee (GBR) / 26.32 – Roka Viper
8 Kinsey Laine (USA) / 26.34 – Blue Seventy PZ4TX
9 Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE) / 26:37 – Zone 3 Streamline
10 Paula Findlay (CAN) 26.39 – TYR Torque Pro
So if we count brand representation Roka and TYR have each 3 athletes, Blue Seventy 2 athletes, Debour and Zone 3 have each 1 athlete.
Let’s see what action the pro male race will bring.
GO, GO, GO!!!