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Matt Trautman and Jeanni Seymour win East London IRONMAN 70.3

Jan 29, 2018
Matt Trautman and Jeanni Seymour win East London IRONMAN 70.3

Great race conditions made the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa, which was held in East London over the weekend, one to remember for Matt Trautman and Jeanni Seymour, winning the men’s and women’s races respectively.

Athletes started off the swim in prime race conditions with a temperature of 18.3?C – and even overcast, rainy early morning conditions didn’t stop the sun coming out in full force. As the day progressed, temperature reached 26?C, making the final stretch tough for the IRONMAN 70.3 athletes.

Men’s Race:

Johann Ackermann started the race well putting in an early lead in the swim. Rudolf Naude exited the water seconds after, with Justin Metzler not far behind in the first transition.

Ackermann carried over the intensity as he hammered down on the bike. However, he was soon hunted down by South Africa’s Matt Trautman who took the lead 70km in the cycle. The race was tightly contested with Evert Scheltinga putting in a mammoth effort, surging from 6th place into 2nd.

2017 XTERRA Champion, Bradley Weiss, came in at 3rd place – with Metzler and Ackermann not far behind.

With the race tightly contested coming into transition two – with just minutes separating the male pro’s – it was set to be a nail-biting finish. 

With the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa known for its tough run course, it was still anyone’s title to take. Trautman fought to maintain his lead after coming back from a fatal back injury that kept him out of contention last year. 

Kenneth Vandendriessche surprised all, by quickly moving into second position and looking strong as ever. But his determination could not stop record-holder Trautman from claiming yet another Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa title. With Vandendriessche’s efforts putting him in second place, Scheltinga completed the podium finish – with Weiss not far behind.

Top 3 professional men’s results:

                                                                                OVERALL              SWIM                     BIKE                       RUN

1.)  Matt TRAUTMAN                                           4:09:19                  00:24:36              02:20:41               01:19:33              

2.)  Kenneth VANDENDRIESSCHE                 4:11:13                 00:27:29              02:18:35               01:20:05

3.)  Evert SCHELTINGA                                     4:12:13                 00:24:31              02: 23:25              01:19:49

Women’s Race

Jeanni Seymour took advantage of the perfect early morning race conditions, exiting the water first way before the other podium finishers. She swam an incredible first leg with the time of 00:25:37 stamping authority right from the start of the race. It would take a massive effort to catch the determined South African.

Seymour is an exceptional swimmer and showed her class today. Exiting the water in a tightly contested affair for second was Judith Vaquera, Emma Pallant, Magda Nieuwoudt and Annah Watkinson not far behind them.

Seymour carried on looking strong as she looked comfortable having the rest of the ladies try chase her down. She took her fine swimming form into the cycle coming off the bike miles ahead of the rest. With Pallant three minutes behind her. And Vaquera in third, with local favourite, Susie Cheetham, not far behind her.

With the race being tightly contested for third between Vaquera and Cheetham, the rest of the podium seemed set early on in the run. Seymour seemed to have secured her first ever Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa bragging rights. With Pallant coming in second despite her superb run. The PRO female race was certainly one to remember.

Top 3 professional women’s results:

OVERALL                                                          Overall                       Swim                      Bike                     Run

1.)  Jeanni SEYMOUR                                        4:32:23                  00:26:37              02:36:20               01:24:43              

2.)  Emma PALLANT                                          4:34:21                 00:29:29              02:36:27               01:23:50

3.)  Judith VAQUERA                                          4:44:24                 00:28:10              02:41:21              01:29:48