Potts, Wellington win again new
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Sun Aug 22 2010
2-time defending champion Andy Potts had a comfortable lead as he got out of the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee in 22:43. Tim O'Donnell was next, but already was looking at an almost 2 minute disadvantage.
Potts never slowed down on the bike either and his time of 2:09:27 proved to be fastest of the day. Next into T2, about 2:40 adrift, was Raynard Tissink, who used a 2:09:59 bike split to put himself into that position. Matty White and Joe Gambles were next into transition about 4 minutes back and O'Donnell now was looking to make up 4:45.
Tissink's 1:15:55 was faster than the half marathon time of Potts, but only by 13 seconds, and thus Potts cruised to his third 70.3 Timberman title without too much trouble. Tissink held on to second place, and O'Donnell's identical run time to Potts allowed him to earn third place.
Chrissie Wellington's swim has really improved, and the 3-time Ironman World champion and 2-time defending 70.3 Timberman champion managed to get out of the water first, 7 seconds ahead of Dede Griesbauer. Angela Naeth and Heather Jackson were already handed a deficit of 5 and 6 minutes respectively.
Once Wellington was on the bike she was fast as had been expected but Naeth was flying along behind her and clocking faster times at various time checks. But that was only a question of a few seconds and having started the bike section 5:06 behind, the Canadian started her run just under 5 minutes behind the Brit. Griesbauer was next into transition, 5:30 behind Wellington and Jackson got there in fifth position.
Wellington though seemed untouchable once she had her running shoes on and pulled away from all other competitors with a very fluid stride. 1:19:06 later, Wellington matched what Potts had done in the men's race and crossed the finish line first to win her straight Timberman title, and just like Potts she also led from start to finish.
Ironman 70.3 Timberman
Lake Winnipesaukee, NH / August 22, 2010
1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run
Top 10 men
1. Andy Potts (USA) 3:50:51
2. Raynard Tissink (RSA) 3:53:32
3. Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:55:36
4. Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:57:35
5. Matt White (AUS) 3:59:55
6. Rich Allen (GBR) 4:01:32
7. Josh Rix (AUS) 4:03:05
8. Brent Poulsen (USA) 4:05:17
9. TJ Tollaksen (USA) 4:06:50
10. Ryan Grant (CAN) 4:10:12
1. Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 4:10:11
2. Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:24:59
3. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:26:08
4. Annie Gervais (CAN) 4:29:04
5. Dede Griesbauer (USA) 4:30:12
6. Amanda Lovato (USA) 4:32:??
7. Heather Leiggi (USA) 4:35:15
8. Kate Pallardy (USA) 4:35:55
9. Stacey Richardson (USA) 4:38:01
10. Sara Domina (CAN) 4:39:23 * AG W30-34