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    Swiss star Caroline Steffen makes it five straight wins in Iroman 70.3 Cebu

    Aug 7, 2016
    Caroline Steffen crosses the finish line 10 seconds ahead of Radka Vodickova.

    CEBU — Caroline Steffen asserted her supremacy, winning her fifth straight women’s title, while Tim Reed successfully defended his crown on Sunday in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships.

    The 38-year-old Swiss star Steffen finished in four hours, 16 minutes and 19 seconds before a cheering crowd at the Shangri-La Mactan Hotel and Spa.

    Czech challenger Radka Vodickova finished 10 seconds later and Australia’s Sarah Crowley came in third in the 1.9-kilometer swim, 90km bike and 21km run race.

    “I’m pretty stoked. It’s pretty unique to win five times in a row, to do it in the Philippines… it’s amazing!” said Steffen.

    Vodickova was first out of the water and the bike but saw her lead of a minute and 30 seconds evaporate as Steffen made her move in the run.

    As his strategy from previous pro elite races in the Philippines, “Timbo” Reed relied on a solid run to create a four-minute gap against fellow Australian and three-time Ironman World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander, making it two wins in a row for the former basketball and rugby player in 3:51:46.     

    Sam Betten came in at third, making it a podium sweep for the Aussies in the race from the picturesque island of Mactan and passed through the cities of Lapu Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay.

    “I think Crowie is a better runner in the heat so I put pressure on him on the bike, a few times I nearly got away and we didn’t quite get there ... When we got to the run as soon as I got there I couldn’t control myself and ended up running quite fast,” said Reed.

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    August Benedicto captured his fourth Ironman 70.3 Male Filipino Elite title, besting John Philip Duenas and John Leerams Chicano.

    Monica Torres staged a triumphant return to the event, beating Maria Hodges and Ana de Leon-Brown.

    Close to 3,000 participants in the elite and age group categories in the first ever staging of the Asia-Pacific regionals outside Australia and New Zealand.

     

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    Caroline Steffen crosses the finish line 10 seconds ahead of Radka Vodickova.
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