Alexander and Blatchford win Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Craig Alexander proved he can outrun athletes almost half his age taking the win at Ironman 70.3 Geelong this weekend with a 1:12:25 half marathon, 20 seconds ahead of second place Sam Appleton who is 17 years his junior. This was Alexander’s fourth title at Geelong.
Alexander told Ironman.com “It is nice to come back and win. I’ve got a great record here. Hats off to Sammy what he did today was world class, he pushed me all the way.” Despite finishing in 13th in Kona this past October, in the same interview Alexander insisted, “I trained through Christmas and actually feel fitter than I did last year at the same time.”
Jeff Symonds continued his crush down under with a fourth place finish coming in under a minute off the podium with an impressive 1:13 half marathon.
Stoked w/4th today @IRONMANAsiaPac #IM703Geelong. Back2Back half's HURT but so much fun! It #GotUgly on that run but I that's why I love it!
— Jeff Symonds (@JeffreySymonds) February 8, 2015
On the women’s side Liz Blatchford took the win, after outrunning Rebecca Keat who finished just 31 seconds behind her. Thanks to her race fastest run of 1:21, Sarah Crowley took third to round out the women’s podium.