Andy Potts and Jenny Fletcher won the men’s and women’s overall titles at Ironman 70.3 Branson Sunday in Missouri.
Potts posted the fastest swim (22:55), bike split (2:24:52) and run (1:14:41) to finish the tough Branson course in 4:04:23 with a 4 minutes margin of victory over runner-up Ben Hoffman, the two-time defending Branson 70.3 champion, and 8:15 better than 3rd-place finisher Mario De Elias of Argentina.
Matthew Pellow was 8:58 back of Potts in 4th and John Polson was 10:04 back of Potts in 5th place.
Potts emerged from the swim with a 2:29 lead over Australian John Polson, 2:32 over Australian Matthew Pellow, 2:39 over New Zealander Guy Crawford, 2:44 over U.S. star Ben Hoffman, 2:45 over Matthew Taylor of Colorado and 2:46 over Mario De Elias of Argentina.
After his race-fastest bike split, Potts increased his lead to 3:27 over Hoffman, 4:11 over Pellow, and roughly 8 minutes and 15 seconds over De Elias, Polson, and Crawford.
Potts’ 1:14:41 run was 33 seconds better than Hoffman, 3 seconds better than De Elias and 4:47 quicker than Pellow and 1:51 better than Polson.
Joanna Addler led the women out of the swim in 22:29 which put her 3:41 ahead of Tami Ritchie, 4:41 ahead of Jenny Fletcher and 4:47 ahead of Nina Kraft-Johnson.
After her race-fastest 2:54:12 bike split, Fletcher led into T2 by a 5:47 over Kraft-Johnson, 6:13 over Addler, 13:40 over Caroline Gregory and 17:22 over Tami Ritchie.
Fletcher ran a 4th-fastest women’s half marathon in 1:34:10, which was enough to hold off Kraft-Johnson’s race-best 1:28:54 run by 30 seconds. Gregory’s 2nd-fastest 1:30:05 moved her to 3rd place, and Ritchie’s 3rd-best 1:30:49 run advanced her to 4th place woman at the finish.
Fletcher, who is coached by Siri Lindley, thus earned her first big professional win.
Ironman 70.3 Branson
September 23, 2012
S 1.2 mi. / B 56 mi. / R 13.1 mi.
1. Andy Potts (USA) 4:04:23
2. Ben Hoffman (USA) 4:08:23
3. Mario De Elias (ARG) 4:12:38
4. Matthew Pellow (AUS) 4:13:21
5. John Polson (AUS) 4:14:27
6. Guy Crawford (NZL) 4:19:39
7. Chris Ganter (USA) 4:26:26
8. Matt Taylor (USA) 4:28:46
9. Jim Lubinski (USA) 4:32:38
10. Brad Seng (USA) 4:34:37
1. Jenny Fletcher (USA) 4:57:03
2. Nina Kraft-Johnson (USA) 4:57:33
3. Caroline Gregory (USA) 5:06:38
4. Tami Ritchie (USA) 5:11:04
5. Joanna Addler (USA) 5:12:55