Andy Potts collected his second consecutive win at Ironman Lake Placid, while Jennie Hansen produced a 3:05 marathon after a lacklustre swim to win the women’s crown.
Andy Potts got his day started with a trademark David Copperfield-style swim that saw him out of sight and onto the bike with clear road ahead. A 46:48 for 3.8-kilometres ensured Potts would have time up his sleeve on the rest of the field to start his 180-kilometre ride.
Balazs Csoke was second out of the drink in 49:22, with Daniel Fontana (49:23) and Ian Mikelson (49:55) not far behind.
Coming into this race, Potts had been on fire over the 70.3 distance. His respective wins at Oceanside and EagleMan were world-class and his start to the race in Lake Placid continued this form.
On the bike Potts continued to push ahead, building a lead of 7:21 at the half-way mark on Fontana in second and 7:27 to Csoke in third.
The final 90 kilometres saw Potts add another couple minutes to his lead to begin run with a 9:42 head start on Fontana in second, 10:53 to Rene Vallant, 12:39 to Csoke and 16:39 to Mikelson.
With such a big margin heading out onto the run, Potts was able to run at a steady tempo and was never forced to push himself into the red zone. A 3:02 marathon meant Potts would enjoy a five-minute victory to Fontana (2:58) in second place, with Mikelson (2:53) rounding out the men’s pro podium on the back of a brilliant run leg.
The result for Fontana and Mikelson will help them in their bid to qualify for Kona, while Potts’ finish ensures he validates his spot.
The United States’ Katy Blackmore and Dede Griesbauer opened up a commanding lead in the 3.8-kilometre swim.
Getting out of the water in 52-minutes and change, Blackmore and Griesbauer managed to put three minutes into pre-race favourite Carrie Lester, who got out of the water in third place. The rest of the field was incredibly spread out and there were no major packs to speak of.
The bike saw the United States’ Jennie Hansen (5:20) claw her way back into the race after a sluggish 1:03 swim, but it was Griesbauer who would hit T2 in first place to begin the run.
Lester was second to start the marathon, 3:35 down on the race leader, with Hansen in third a further five munites adrift.
With a deficit of more than eight minutes to make up, Hansen produced a stellar 3:05 run to win her first Ironman title in a time of 9:35:06.
Griesbauer was unable to hold on to a podium position, falling back on the run to sixth in the women’s pro race.
Blackmore overtook Lester for second place with a solid 3:12 marathon, with the Aussie clinging on to fill the final spot on the podium in third.