Tim Reed leads Australian domination at Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 02, 2015 02:53 PM
Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/CobraIronman703Philippines
Australian Tim Reed clocked in at just a shade over three hours and 46 minutes to finish ahead of the pack in the Men’s Professional category of the 2015 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines triathlon in Cebu, Sunday afternoon.
The 30-year old Reed finished just two milliseconds ahead of countryman Tim Van Berkel, while defending champion Brent McMahon from Canada settled for a third place finish in this year’s race, clocking in at three hours, 50 minutes, and 23 seconds.
Rounding out the top-five finishers were two more entrants from Down Under in Mitch Robinson and Craig Alexander, who recorded times of 3:55:20, and 3:57:11 respectively.
Reed was the fifth to get out of the water, but was in the lead 29 kilometers into the bike ride. Defending champion McMahon pulled ahead and was first to start on foot and looked to be poised to defend his title, but Reed burst ahead through the third split for the eventual win.
A pro triathlete since 2009, Reed has been competing in Ironman 70.3 challenges all over the world, most recently coming in at second place last May in the Ironman 70.3 in Da Nang, Vietnam. He kicked off 2015 with a first place finish in the Ironman 70.3 in Auckland.
Following the win, Reed thanked the Ironman crowd in Cebu, as well as the race marshalls.
1/a few.. Far out, @TimBerkel plus the unmatched crowd support made me dig deeper than I have in a long time for a sprint finish win.— Tim Reed (@Timboreed) August 2, 2015
Final shout out. The marshals at #IM703Cebu were fantastic. Strongly encouraged 15m gaps for the pros which allowed for a very fair race.— Tim Reed (@Timboreed) August 2, 2015
Caroline Steffen retains Pro Women’s crown
Not even a bike crash could prevent Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen from defending her Women’s Professional title at the 2015 Cobra Ironman Philippines.
The 36-year old Steffen timed in at four hours, 23 minutes, and 54 seconds to claim her fourth straight Ironman Philippines crown, while Beth Gerdes of the United States came in five minutes and thirteen seconds later at 4:29:07.
Rounding out the top-five women finishers are Australia’s Dimity-Lee Duke (4:29:36), Kathryn Haesner of New Zealand (4:32:15), and Belinda Grander of Australia (4:42:00)