Emma Pallant took a back to back IM70.3 victory in Staffordshire after a dominating performance. The BMC-Vifit Sport athlete crossed the finish line in a time of 4:16:54, posting an incredibly fast running split of 1:17:42 (fastest split in the women’s field).
Nikki Bartlett (GBR; 4:25:02) finished 2nd as Fenella Langridge (GBR; 4:29:51) completed the podium.
The race started more than an hour later due to foggy conditions. That didn’t impact Emma’s performance in the swim as she exited the water in 5th place. Thanks to a fast transition, she moved up three spots to jump on her bike in 2nd place, 1’20 down on leader Langridge.
Once on the bike, Pallant immediately took care of things and started the chase towards the front. After 32k the difference was cut down to 21” and halfway through the bike Emma made her move to take over the lead of the race. She opened up a gap of half a minute in the beginning of the second part of the bike leg. Towards the end, the British athlete saved up some energy for her magnificent run and saw Bartlett make a pass for 1st place.
Emma never lost control as she started the run in 2nd place, only 7” behind Barlett. From that point onwards, Pallant really took off like a rocket. In the first 3k, the BMC-Vifit Sport athlete closed the gap towards Bartlett, made the pass to lead the race again, pulled away and built up a lead of 46”. Emma never dropped the pace and kept digging deep. At the halfway point, her advantage had increased to 3’47. In the second part of the run, Pallant still gave her all to cross the finish line on home soil in a time of 4:16:54, once again posting the fastest run split of the day (1:17:42-half marathon). A phenomenal performance, knowing that this was here 3rd race in 3 weeks time and a back-to-back IM70.3 victory after her win in Barcelona only 3 weeks ago.
Afterwards Emma Pallant looked back at her winning performance: “I am really happy to take the win. This week was all about gaining strength from Challenge The Championship in Samorin a week ago. My legs felt good today, much better than last weekend, so I am satisfied with my performance. The swim went well today as I made a minute improvement on my competitors compared to previous races. There are still things to work on, but it was an encouraging result. On the bike and run I felt really strong. I think, when you do all three disciplines with such a great feeling, you can be pleased with how things worked out. Definitely a great day all-round."
Chris Leiferman takes a fantastic victory in Ironman Boulder
Chris Leiferman put together an outstanding performance in his home town and crossed the finish line in 1st place at IM Boulder. He took over control of the race in closing part of the bike and finished the race in a winning time of 8:07:55. Joe Gambles (AUS; 8:13:16) secured 2nd place, with Patrick McKeon (USA; 8:20:48) claiming the final podium spot.
Chris Leiferman started the day with a solid swim, entering T1 in 10th place as part of a big chase group battling for 5th place.
In the first part of the bike, Chris settled in the chase group gradually closing down the gap towards the front of the race. In the second part of the 180k, Leiferman made his move to take over the lead of the race. Towards T2, Chris kept putting the hammer down as he opened up a small gap of 30” over Long in 2nd place and over 3’ over Gambles in third starting the run.
On the run, Chris immediately found his ideal running pace. Starting the marathon around 15km/h, he managed to increase his lead to more than 4’. From that point onwards, it was all about nutrition and consolidating his lead towards the finish line. The BMC-Vifit Sport athlete pulled off a fantastic victory in a time of 8:07:55, posting the fastest running split of the field (2:59:03).