Canada’s Tamara Jewett has done it again, running an incredibly quick half-marathon at an Ironman 70.3 race. Her 1:13:09 half-marathon split got her to the finish line just 37 seconds behind eventual winner Ellie Salthouse (AUS).
Salthouse was part of a group of three who were about 25 seconds behind American Rachel Olsen out of the water, with Jewett coming out of the water in fifth, 2:45 behind. Three-time Kona champion Mirinda Carfrae, who is making her return to racing after having her second child earlier this year, was another 25 seconds behind Jewett starting the bike.
Salthouse would power her way through the bike to lead the way into T2, 1:04 ahead of American Danielle Lewis, 3:32 up on Carfrae and 7:01 ahead of Jewett, who was sixth off the bike.
As she did earlier this year at Ironman 70.3 Timberman where she ran a 1:14 split to take a huge win, Jewett flew through the run, passing Carfrae and Lewis and coming oh-so-close to catching Salthouse, too. Salthouse would hang on for the win in 4:04:47, with Jewett hitting the line in 4:05:25. Lewis hung on for third (4:09:26) while Carfrae took fourth in 4:10:33.
Azevedo hangs on for 59-second win
In the men’s race Portugal’s Felipe Azevedo was off the bike with Australia’s Timothy Reed, but it was American Jason West who made a strong move on the run to make the race exciting. At 14 km the American, who started the run over two minutes back, moved to within 30 seconds of the lead, but Azevedo would find another gear to take the win in 3:39:03. West would take second in 3:40:03, while Reed rounded out the podium in 3:43:22.