On Sunday, May 19th, Heather Jackson (USA) defended her Ironman 70.3 title in Chattanooga, Tennesse. On the bike, Jackson was able to overcome a two-minute deficit and join the leaders heading into T2. Thanks to a 1:22:15 half-marathon, Jackson was able to pull out the win, 48-seconds ahead of Skye Moench (USA). Canada’s Paula Findlay finished third.

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Third place at yesterday’s #im703chatt. Initially disappointed because I want to win one of these things so badly, but looking back, proud of my effort & appreciating a podium. The heat and humidity was intense and it took every ounce of my willpower to get to the finish line. The depth of field at these races keeps getting stronger and faster, so you have to be firing on all cylinders to be on top. Congrats to Heather and Skye who were the best today, and all the women who kept me honest to the finish line. Thanks coach @pstriathlon, and to the AMAZING volunteers who stood in the heat all day making sure I could dump water on my head every mile. You guys saved my life over and over. #triathlon 📸 @seanwattiewatkins

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The Canadian posted the fastest swim of the day but was later joined on the bike by Jackson and Moench. “I was initially disappointed because I wanted to win one of these so badly, but looking back, I’m proud of my effort,” wrote Findlay on her Instagram account. “The heat and humidity was intense, and it took every ounce of my willpower to get to the finish line. The depth of field at these races keeps getting stronger and faster, so you have to be firing on all cylinders to be on top. Congrats to Heather and Skye who were the best today, and all the women who kept me honest to the finish line. ”

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Canadian Angela Naeth, who made her 2019 season debut just a week ago, was also in attendance at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga. After having to postpone her training and racing this season due to a Lyme Disease flare-up, Naeth improved upon her season debut with a sixth-place finish.

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On the men’s side, Canadian Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches took the lead out of the water. On the 90K bike, Sam Long (USA) was able to overcome a three-minute deficit to Jolicoeur-Desroches, thanks to the fastest bike split of the day (2:04:06). On the run, the American was able to hold off a charging Jackson Laundry (CAN) and Matt Hanson (USA) to take his first Ironman 70.3 victory. Laundry and Hanson finished second and third. Jolicoeur-Desroches finished just off the podium in fourth. American Matt Russell rounded out the top five.

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Quick recap on my 2nd place #finish today at #IM703chatt . Huge congrats to @samgolong on a well deserved #victory he was stellar out there! Congrats to @matthansontri on rounding out the podium and a rippin fast run to. Had a great time out there with @race_chase who has a career best swim-bike combo and made the top 10, bodes well for the future bud! Time for a good block of #training then #im703mt ! Thanks so much to all my supporters! @ventumracing @hewdogracing @ownwayapparel @blueseventy @1stendurancecad @zizuoptics @d.k.os @4iiiicom @loaringpersonalcoaching @triontario @altocycling @velofixhamilton @stac_performance and Prolutions Project Management ! #triathlon #raceday #race #ironman #ironman703 #podium #trilife #longcourse #longcoursepro

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