American’s Greg Bennett and Meredith Kessler took close victories at today’s Ironman 70.3 Vineman.
Bennett swam 21:58 to be in close proximity of six other men, but he rode away from most (2:06:57) to get within two seconds of Australian Paul Matthews as the two entered T2. From there Bennett ran 1:13:40 to get away from Matthews and the rest of the field to get the win (3:45:49).
1. Bennett, Greg USA 3:45:49
2. Gambles, Joe AUS 3:46:14
3. Matthews, Paul AUS 3:47:55
4. Kemp, Christian AUS 3:50:46
5. Bozzone, Terenzo NZL 3:51:03
Kessler started at the front with Leanda Cave and Amy Marsh after the swim (24:01), she and Marsh paced each other on the bike (2:21:07) ending the ride just three seconds apart. Kessler then ran away from Marsh to take the win in (4:10:15).
1. Kessler, Meredith USA 4:10:15
2. Rollison, Melissa AUS 4:11:05
3. Marsh, Amy USA 4:13:21
4. Jackson, Heather USA 4:15:07
5. Cave, Leanda GBR 4:17:42