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McQuaid wins Ironman 70.3 California

Potts defends his title in the men's race.

Victoria’s Melanie McQuaid took top honors today at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. American Andy Potts defended his title.

McQuaid finished the swim in ninth (28:09), she then rode the top split of 2:22:44 to take the lead, and ran 1:24:47 to hold on for the victory (4:19:13). American Heather Jackson chased hard with a 1:20:51 half marathon but she had to settle for second (4:21:57), the same position she finished in last year. Kessler, who led all the women out of the water, took third (4:23:40). Vancouver’s Rachel McBride rode up to second place after the bike but lost a few spots on the run to claim fourth (4:26:01).

Potts, led the entire day. After his 22:48 swim, the rest of the field played catch-up but no one did. Potts added a 2:13:08 bike and a 1:14:34 run for the win (3:54:03). Australia’s Richie Cunningham finished second in 3:55:11, and American Jesse Thomas third (3:55:22). Victoria’s Stephen Kilshaw took ninth (4:02:33).

Pro Women

1. MCQUAID, Melanie CAN 04:19:13

2. JACKSON, Heather 04:21:57

3. KESSLER, Meredith 04:23:40

4. MCBRIDE, Rachel CAN 04:26:01

5. CORBIN, Linsey 04:29:46

Pro men

1. POTTS, Andy 03:54:03

2. CUNNINGHAM, Richie 03:55:11

3. THOMAS, Jesse 03:55:22

4. GRIFFIN, Leon 03:57:03

5. AMBROSE, Paul 03:59:41

9. KILSHAW, Stephen CAN 04:02:33

15. PIGGIN, Olly CAN 04:07:45

17. BURWASH, Grant CAN 04:09:57

20. CAIN, Ryan CAN 04:12:07