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Beals wins Taiwan, Wurtele repeats at Campeche

Canadians raced well at Ironman 70.3 Taiwan and Ironman 70.3 Campeche

Two wins for Canadians over the weekend — Cody Beals opened his season with the win at Ironman 70.3 Taiwan and Heather Wurtele won her second Ironman 70.3 Campeche (repeating the win from last year) as well as set a course record.

In Taiwan, Beals had a great swim and then clocked a race-best 2:01 bike split, finishing off the day with a 1:13 half marathon. After taking the lead early into the back, he held on for the duration of the race. His finishing time of 3:46 was six minutes faster than the runner-up.

Wurtele overtook American Lauren Brandon on the bike and clocked a race-best 2:22 bike split before holding on with an impressive 1:24 half marathon on the hot and windy course to set a new course record of 4:17 on her way to the win.

Canadian Angela Naeth joined Wurtele on the podium in third, behind TMC contributor and runner-up Lauren Brandon:

The men’s race in Campeche saw New Zealander Terenzo Bozzone take his third win in as many weekends — he won Ironman New Zealand, then Ironman 70.3 Bariloche last weekend and Campeche yesterday.

The Canadian men had a less successful day in Campeche. Jackson Laundry took the best Canadian result of the day in 7th, after sitting in 2nd for most of the race. Trevor Wurtele came in behind him in 8th and Taylor Reid landed a top 10 finish as well in 9th.

Loren Nelson took 15th.