GAMBLES SMOKES THEM AGAIN, WURTELE'S SOLID DAY AT TIMBERMAN
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David Kahn, an All American swimmer, and now a practicing dentist, drilled the swim in 23:36, 41-seconds faster than his closest rival, Kevin Collington. A chase pack of five that included race favorites Joe Gambles and Leon Griffin, both from Australia, along with Americans Rich Allen and Matt Lieto, followed the leaders out of Lake Winnipesaukee in Ellacoya State Park with deficits ranging from 1:21 to 1:39 behind to the lead pair.
At 27-miles, the Aussie train of Gambles and Griffin had chugged off into the lead and established a 2:04 margin on Kahn. The remainder of the field appeared to be out of contention - they were over six minutes back of the leading duo with 29-miles remaining.
Gambles was closely followed by Griffin into T2. By then the remainder of the field was over seven minutes behind. Kahn worked his way back into third, but was 7:36 back of the Aussie express, followed by Rich Allen in fourth, 8:01 back.
At the completion of the first half the run along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, Gambles had managed to build up a 1:17 advantage over Griffin (the man from Kangaroo Flats). Collington had moved to third, but was over 12-minutes in arrears.
Gambles' race-day best run of 1:13:31 helped him capture the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Timberman title in a finishing time of 3:48:30. It was his third Ironman 70.3 title of season (adding to his Syracuse and Boulder wins). In addition Gambles placed everyone on notice he is coming to Las Vegas prepared. Griffin's comfortable 1:15:50 run ensured that no one would challenge his second-place position. He completed the race in 3:50:53, with Collington rounding out the podium in 4:01:10.
Professional men's results
1 Joe Gambles USA 3:48:30
2 Leon Griffin USA 3:50:53
3 Kevin Collington USA 4:01:10
4 James Bowstead NZL 4:04:17
5 David Kahn USA 4:05:36
6 Mike Caizzo USA 4:09:33
7 Matt Lieto USA 4:10:01
8 Freddy Lampret ZAF 4:13:52
9 Steven Rosinski USA 4:14:32
10 Erick Anderson USA 4:15:58
USA's Cait Snow's 26:18 race-best swim of the day gave her a 17- and 24-second lead over Canadians Miranda Tomenson-Bharadwaj and Heather Wurtele as the top three exited the water in Ellacoya State Park. Americans Amber Ferreira, Jennifer Luebke, Linsey Corbin and Rachael Chretian, along with Canadian Christine Fletcher exited the water in times ranging from 1:24 to 1:56 of the leading trio.
Wurtlete to the lead
By 27 miles into the bike, Wurtele had moved to the lead with a 2:14 advantage over Corbin, who was now cycling in second. Snow was hovering 40-seconds back of Corbin, and just ahead of Ferreira. Over the closing half the bike, Wurtele, on the strength the fastest bike split of the day (2:25:20), had built her lead to 3:44 over Corbin, with Snow slipping back 5:42 off the leader's pace as the women's race entered T2.
Wurtele holds off Snow's charge
In what appeared to be a comfortable lead at the beginning of the run, Wurtele headed out of transition on the two-loop run with a 3:40 lead. Behind the lanky Canuck, though, Snow was flying - running out six-minute miles and chewing up Wurtele's lead. Snow's pace was too much to handle for Corbin during the closing half of the run. Snow was closing in on Wurtele in the final mile of the run, but Wurtele held off the charge from behind to capture the Ironman 70.3 Timberman. Snow came up 13-seconds short of Wurtele to claim second (and the races fastest run on the day, 1:20:04), while Corbin rounded out the podium.
Professional women's results
1 Heather Wurtele CAN 4:20:48
2 Caitlin Snow USA 4:21:01
3 Linsey Corbin USA 4:23:50
4 Beth Walsh USA 4:31:32
5 Christine Fletcher CAN 4:34:18
6 Tamara Kozulina USA 4:36:50
7 Miranda Tomenson-Bharadwaj CAN 4:38:56
8 Jennifer Luebke USA 4:48:11
9 Florence Chretien USA 4:58:00
Shawn Skene can be reached at Shawn.Skene@Ironman.com