Dubai, the high-rise jewel of the United Arab Emirates, welcomed a small but talented pro field and a sold out field of age groupers to its well-run Ironman 70.3 contest. Strong winds led to a shortened swim in the protected waters of the Jumeirah Marina and mild midwinter temps left all hands tired and happy.
All photographs © Timothy Carlson
Caroline Steffen rode a women’s 4th-best 2:19:55 on her way to 2nd overall.
Pro men step toward the Jumeirah Marina swim start.
Pro men take off on the Marina swim past luxurious yachts.
Daniela Ryf posted the women‘s-fastest 2:17:21 bike split on her way to the win.
Terenzo Bozzone rode 2nd-fastest 2:04:28 bike split and finished 4th overall.
Jan Frodeno sliced through the brisk winds to a day’s best 2:02:33 bike split and the $20,000 win.
Nick Baldwin of the Seychelles rode 2:08:22 and finished 6th.
Jaroslav Kovacic led a large Slovenian contingent with a 2:07:54 bike split and a 5th place finish.
Miquel Blanchart of Spain rode 2:14:11 on his way to 8th place.
Josh Amberger rode 3rd-fastest 2:05:21 and took 2nd place.
Frodeno charges past the Jumeirah Beach Hotel a mile from T2
Josh Amberger shows excellent run form as he held off Bart Aernouts and Terenzo Bozzone for second place.
Bart Aernouts and Terenzo Bozzone engaged in a sizzling duel for 3rd place. Aernouts prevailed, 1:15: 06 to 1:15:28.
Brad Williams of the U.S. ran 1:20:54 and took 7th place.
Balazs Csoke of Hungary ran 1:22:52 and took 12th place.
Daniela Ryf ran a women’s 2nd-best 1:20:52 on her way to a $20,000 victory.
Caroline Steffen held off a late run surge by Kaisa Lehtonen to hold on to the runner-up slot by 2 seconds.
Renee Baker of Australia ran 1:32:52 and finished 10th.
Kaisa Lehtonen of Finland ran a women‘s-best 1:18:35 half marathon but fell 2 seconds short of Caroline Steffen and 2nd place.
Jocelyn McCauley of the U.S. ran 1:24:12 and finished 4th.