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Reid overcame a 1:41 deficit in the swim with a 2nd-fastest 2:02:11 bike split and 2nd-best 1:18:18 run to finish in 1:49:50 with a 1:32 margin of victory over Andy Potts of the U.S. and 1:42 over 3rd place Ben Kanute of the U.S.
Reid emerged from the swim in a 9th-best 25:14 split which put him 1:40 back of swim leader Kanute and 1:26 behind always dangerous Potts. By 27 miles of the bike leg, Reid took over the lead of a tightly bunched six man pack that included Potts, Paul Ambrose of Australia, 2016 Olympian Kanute, Leonardo Chacon of Costa Rica, and Carlos Quinchara Forero of Colombia.
Upon arrival in T2, Ambrose and his race-best 2:02:09 bike split led Kanute and Reid by 2 seconds, Potts by 12 seconds and Nathan Killam, Stephen Kilshaw, Jackson Laundry and Raul Tejada by 3:05 to 3:54.
After half the run, Reid led Kanute by 26 seconds, Potts by 1:20, Kilshaw by 3:05, Ambrose by 3:20 and Tejada by 3:54. At Mile 9.4 on his way to a 2nd-best 1:18:18 run, Reid led Kanute by 1:10, Potts by 1:39 and Kilshaw by 3:14.
Reid polished off the win in 3:49:50 with a 1:32 margin on Potts (1:19:19 run) and 1:43 on Kanute (1:19:56 run). Kilshaw advanced to 4th place with a race-best 1:18:04 run that left him 1:49 off the podium.
The win was Reid’s fourth at the half Ironman distance after victories at 2015 Challenge St. Andrews, 2015 Ironman 70.3 Silverman and 2016 Ironman70.3 Victoria.