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Raelert and Rollison win in Thailand

Brandson and Nicol are Canada’s top age groupers.

Germany’s Michael Raelert and Australia’s Melissa Rollison took top honours at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Laguna Phuket, Thailand today.

Second out of the water, Raelert grabbed the lead during the late stages of the bike (he rode 2:14:17), and once he got onto the half marathon course he simply ran away from the rest of the field with the top run of 1:11:14. Raelert claimed the victory with a time of 3:51:36, followed by Australia’s Richie Cunningham (3:57:16), and Paul Matthews (3:58:24), also of Australia.

Rollison’s win was very similar to Raelert’s. Rollison trailed out of the water, she took the lead during the bike, and ran a top split of 1:19:43 to take the win in 4:17:01. Natascha Badmann, 44 (turns 45 on December 6), the six time Ironman World Champion, rode the top split of 2:26:01 and ran 1:30:57 to get second (4:30:42). Radka Vodickova (CZE) took third with a time of 4:34:50.

Whitby’s Kelly Brandson placed third in the Men’s 50-54 category (5:01:24), and Toronto’s Jennifer Nicol finished fourth in the Women’s 35-39 division (5:17:43).

Top 5 Men

1. Michael Raelert GER  3:51:36
2. Richie Cunningham AUS  3:57:16
3. Paul Matthews AUS  3:58:24
4. Timothy James Reed AUS  3:59:57
5. David Dellow AUS  4:01:11

Top 5 women

1. Melissa Rollison AUS  4:17:01

2. Natascha Badmann SUI  4:30:42

3. Radka Vodickova CZE  4:34:50

4. Emma-Kate Lidbury GBR  4:36:09

5. Tamsin Lewis GBR  4:36:14