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Ironman 70.3 Boise

World Champions win.

World Champions at the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances took home the titles today in Boise, Idaho.

The men’s race was billed as a rematch between Craig Alexander (AUS) and Chris Lieto (USA) – due to the fact that Alexander beat Lieto in an exciting sprint finish last year. Out of T2, it certainly looked like things were going to play out in a similar fashion, as both athletes headed out side by side. However, by the halfway point of the run, Alexander was in front, Ben Hoffman (USA) was second, and Lieto was nowhere to be found. Hoffman gave chase the rest of the way, running 1:20:10, but Alexander managed to repeat as champion (4:02:11) just 10 seconds ahead of Hoffman at the finish line. Tim Berkel (AUS) was third.

Julie Dibens, Britain’s reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champion, was untouchable today. She had the fastest swim (24:40) and bike (2:24:17) times, then with no real pressure from behind, ran 1:32:50 to take the win in 4:33:33, 4 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of Linsey Corbin (USA) in second for the second year in a row. Vancouver’s Christine Fletcher finished fourth.

Top 10 Men

1. Craig Alexander (AUS)  4:02:11

2. Ben Hoffman (USA)  4:02:21

3. Tim Berkel (AUS)  4:08:08

4. Matt White (AUS)  4:08:40

5. Jamie Whyte (NZL)  4:08:56

6. Matt Lieto (USA)  4:09:19

7. Tim Reed (AUS)  4:11:39

8. Joseph Pellegrino (USA)  4:11:51 *M30-34

9. Jesse Thomas (USA)  4:13:29 *M30-34

10. Matthew Sheeks (USA)  4:13:48

Top 10 Women

1. Julie Dibens (GBR)  4:25:14

2. Linsey Corbin (USA)  4:29:22

3. Heather Jackson (USA)  4:34:58

4. Christine Fletcher (CAN)  4:42:42

5. Kate Major (AUS)  4:44:50

6. Charisa Wernick (USA)  4:46:28

7. Uli Bromme (USA)  4:49:13

8. Madison Mackenzie (USA)  4:57:27

9. Lynda Finegold (USA)  4:58:45 *W40-44

10. Kristin Smith (USA)  4:59:23  *W40-44