Cody Beals (CAN) and Sarah True (USA) took the honours at IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman on Sunday.
Beals confirmed he was back on top form after COVID as he held off Justin Metzler (USA) by just over a minute.
And it was similarly tight in the women’s race as True’s bike leg proved decisive and allowed her to run out the winner 1:13 ahead of Tamara Jewett (CAN).
In the women’s race, Jodie Stimpson (GBR) was right in the mix in the swim and early stages of the bike, but True and Sonja Catano (USA) then moved to the head of affairs.
They’d built up an advantage of over two minutes starting the run but Catano dropped back dramatically and it was one-way traffic from that point onwards.
Jewett’s superb half-marathon time of 1:14:14 saw her cut through the field but she always had too much to do to catch True, who dipped just under 1:20 for the run and stopped the clock in 4:03:52.
Sarah True breaks the tape at IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman [Drew Wolff / IRONMAN]
Pro Men – Beals bounces back
The swim was tight in the men’s race with a bunched lead group and among them was Beals.
He’d spoken in the build-up to the race about a “two-month grind post-COVID” but suggested he was starting to hit his stride again, saying: “It’s tough to taper when training is fun again”.
His wellbeing was confirmed in style as he, Metzler and Andy Potts (USA) dominated the bike leg.
Potts started to drop back early on the run but Beals and Metzler were stride for stride in the first 10km. It started to change from that point though as Beals asserted and he crossed the line just over a minute ahead in 3:41:47.
A welcome and well-deserved win for Cody Beals [Photo Credit Drew Wolff / IRONMAN]
IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman 2022 results
Sunday June 12, 2022 – 1.9km / 90km / 21.1km
1. Sarah True (USA) 4:03:522. Tamara Jewett (CAN) 4:05:053. Sophie Watts (USA) 4:05:354. Sonja Catano (USA) 4:11:065. Grace Alexander (USA) 4:13:17
1. Cody Beals (CAN) 3:41:472. Justin Metzler (USA) 3:42:513. Andy Potts (USA) 3:44:484. Taylor Reid (CAN) 3:51:215. David Mendoza Sanchez (MEX) 3:51:59
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