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Piampiano easily overcame a 7:36 deficit after the swim with a women’s-fastest 2:17:04 bike split that gave her a 31 seconds lead on Sarah Cameto at T2. Piampiano sealed the deal with a women’s 2nd-best 1:25:51 run split that brought her to the finish in 4:19:57 with a 6:51 margin over runner-up Cameto and 9:54 over 3rd-place finisher Laura Bennett.
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Laura Bennett led the swim in 25:49 which gave her a big lead on seven fellow U.S. women - 1:18 on top swimmer Amanda Stevens, 2:56 on Sarah Cameto, 4:31 on Amanda Wendorff, 4:33 on super runner Caitlin Snow, 7:15 on Bailey Hinz. Most significantly, defending champion Sarah Piampiano swam 33:24 and had a 7:36 deficit.
On the way out, Cameto made up 3 minutes on the top swimmer and led the field to the halfway point. In spectacular fashion, Piampiano tore into the big headwinds and arrived at the 28 mile marker just 1:11 down to Cameto, 7 seconds in front of Stevens, 9 seconds ahead of Bennett, 40 seconds ahead of Wendorff and 6:09 ahead of Caitlin Snow.
At T2, Piampiano’s by-far women's-best 2:17:04 bike split gave her a 31 seconds lead on Cameto (2nd-best 2:22:14 bike split), 3:31 on Wendorff, 4:40 on Bennett, 6:20 on Stevens and put Caitlin Snow’s great run out of contention at 12:10 down.
Through 5k of the run, Piampiano increased her lead to 2:40 on Cameto, 4:51 on Bennett, 5:30 on Wendorff and 8:12 on Stevens and lost only 9 seconds on Snow.
Through 10k of the run, Piampiano kept extending her lead to 4:06 on Cameto, 5:22 on Bennett, 8:08 on Wendorff, 9:40 on Stevens. Snow remained the only competitor outpacing the leader as she trailed by 11:27. Through 9 miles, Piampiano kept extending her lead to 5:09 on Cameto, 6:08 on Bennett, 10:29 on Wendorff and 10:37 on Snow.
With a women's 2nd-best 1:25:51 run, Piampiano defended her 2015 title by a resounding 6:51 margin on runner-up Cameto, 9:54 on 3rd-place Bennett and 10:24 on fast-closing 4th-place finisher Caitlin Snow (women's-best 1:24:02 run).