Cody Beals sure loves the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman course – yesterday he ran himself to his fourth title at the flat and fast race in Maryland. In case there is any doubt as to how well the Eagleman course suits Beals, the only time he hasn’t won there as a pro was in 2017 and 2019 – those years he took second.
American Andy Potts led the men out of the water, but Beals was only 16 seconds back and quickly became part of a group of four on the bike that included Potts, Justin Metzler (USA) and another Canadian, Taylor Reid. Reid would get dropped by the lead group before the halfway point of the race, but the other three remained together into T2.
Metzler and Beals pulled clear of Potts early in the run and would stay together through the first half of the 21.1 km final leg. Beals finally started to inch ahead over the last half of the run and would hit the line just over a minute up on Metzler. Potts rounded out the podium, while Reid hung on for fourth.
Other Canadians included Nick Cosman, ninth in 3:55:31, and Marek Bialkowski, 14th in 4:21:46.
Top five professional men’s results:
|1. Cody Beals||CAN||00:23:39||02:02:47||01:11:24||03:41:47|
|2. Justin Metzler||USA||00:23:26||02:03:13||01:12:36||03:42:51|
|3. Andy Potts||USA||00:23:23||02:03:02||01:14:04||03:44:48|
|4. Taylor Reid||CAN||00:23:55||02:03:44||01:19:12||03:51:21|
|5. David Mendoza Sanchez||MEX||00:23:24||02:10:18||01:14:01||03:51:59|
True returns to racing with impressive win
American Sarah True hasn’t raced for a couple of years after giving birth to her son Haakon last July, returned in impressive style to take the women’s title.
Former collegiate swimmer Rachel Zilinskas (USA) led the women out of the water with Jodie Stimpson (GBR) six seconds back. True was fourth out of the water, 40 seconds back, while Jewett was 10th out of the water, 2:49 behind the leaders.
Sonja Catano (USA) rode her way to the front of the race, hitting T2 10 seconds up on True, while Jewett managed to move up a couple of spots by the start of the run, but was still 6:55 down. True immediately moved ahead of Catano starting the run and never looked back, running a solid 1:19:57 split to hold of Jewett, who blasted through the field with a 1:14:14 run split to take second.
Other Canadians in the field included Erin Snelgrove, who took 12th in 4:21:56 and Heather Low, who was 16th in 4:36:05.
Top five professional women’s results:
|1. Sarah True||USA||00:24:51||02:14:27||01:19:57||04:03:52|
|2. Tamara Jewett||CAN||00:26:59||02:19:03||01:14:14||04:05:05|
|3. Sophie Watts||USA||00:25:35||02:16:54||01:18:31||04:05:35|
|4. Sonja Catano||USA||00:25:12||02:14:01||01:27:23||04:11:06|
|5. Grace Alexander||USA||00:24:48||02:16:55||01:26:42||04:13:17|
You can find the full results list here.