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They said it: Jackson Laundry on his big win in Ecuador

Canadian half-distance star looking for more Collins Cup qualifying points

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We reported on Ironman 70.3 Ecuador Manta yesterday, where Jackson Laundry dominated thanks to a fast bike/ run combo that saw him pull clear of the rest of the field to take the win by over six minutes. We caught up with the Guelph, Ont. athlete after his big win:

“The race went exactly as planned, which is always really fun,” Landry said after the race. “I swam with the group and didn’t use too much energy, knowing the bike and run would be where the race was won.”

Challenging bike course

“It was a very difficult bike course with over 1,200 meters of elevation gain (significantly more than St. George), and a lot of technical descents, some rough roads and speed bumps. Despite having one of my slowest bike splits ever, I rode very well.”

Related: Landry fliest to excellent win in Ecuador

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Looking for Collins Cup points

“On the run, I knew I could run about 1:12 in the humid conditions on a good day, and that’s exactly what I was able to do,” he continued. “Despite having a pretty substantial lead in the last few kilometers of the run, I finished strong. I need another result with decent points to get in to the Collins Cup, and this is my last race in the qualification period,”  Landry said. “I just have to wait and see if the points happen reward me for what I know was a good performance.”

Related: Collins Cup explainer

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Destination race

“Ironman 70.3 Ecuador Manta race was a really fun race, and certainly the best organized race I’ve done in South America,” Landry continued. “The support out on the course was amazing, the entire run course was lined with people cheering. I highly recommend this as a destination race!”