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Dye took his 4th St. Anthony’s victory with dominant swim and bike legs which built enough lead to withstand Lagerstrom’s strong run. Dye’s swim strength might have been neutralized by high winds and choppy waves which led organizers to shorten the swim from 1500 to 900 meters for safety concerns. Lagerstrom lost only 5 seconds to Dye’s swim and gained that back with a faster run in the increased distance of the adjusted run to T1.
Dye began his day with a race-best 9:59 swim that gave him a 4-seconds lead on Brian Fleischmann, 5 seconds on Lagerstrom and John Rasmussen, 8 seconds on Rodolphe Von Berg and Matthew Wisthoff, 17 seconds on Eric Limkemann and Jason West, 21 seconds on Andrew Yoder, and more on top Canadian contenders Jackson Laundry and Taylor Reid.
Dye stepped on the gas with a race-best 52:52 bike split that was 47 seconds better than Jackson, 50 seconds better than Yoder, 1:22 better than Lagerstrom and 2:30 better than dangerous runner Jason West.
With a 1:37 cushion over Lagerstrom and 2:42 over West starting the run, Dye took his status as the hunted seriously. The Boulder, Colorado native ran 34:24, which brought him to the finish in 1:40:31 with a 21 seconds margin of victory over Lagerstrom (33:05 run) and 34 seconds over 3rd place finisher West (race-best 32:15 run).
This was Dye’s 4th win at St. Anthony’s after victories in 2010, 2015 and 2016. Working on a three-peat made Dye the race favorite and he was made more nervous by the shortened swim. “It’s always harder to win when you should,” Dye told St. Anthony’s media.