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Matt Trautman, Flora Duffy win 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City

Jan 27, 2020
Matt Trautman, Flora Duffy win 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City

East London - Great race conditions made the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City one to remember for Matt Trautman and Flora Duffy, winning the men’s and women’s races respectively.

Orient Beach (in Buffalo City) provided a picture-perfect sunrise for 1 474 athletes from around the world marking the introduction to the first IRONMAN 70.3 of the 2020 season, one to remember.

With the water temperature at 14.5 Degrees Celsius (making it a wetsuit compulsory swim) and the air temperature reaching 27.5 Degrees Celsius, this set the scene for what would be a thrilling battle between the athletes.

Athletes competing in Africa’s toughest IRONMAN 70.3 distance triathlon were greeted with a 1.9km ocean swim at Orient Beach, followed by a 90.1km bike down the N2 highway and turning around at the Berlin Off-ramp before taking on a 21.1km run which consisted of two  loops of the Esplanade.

 Top five PRO men’s results:

 

 

SWIM

BIKE

RUN

FINISH

1. Matt Trautman

RSA

00:25:44

02:17:16

01:15:43

04:02:59

 

2. Bradley Weiss

RSA

00:25:46

02:17:18

01:18:15

04:05:48

 

3. Henri Schoeman

RSA

00:23:27

02:19:46

01:19:55

04:07:30

 

4. Bart Aernouts

BEL

00:28:48

02:17:29

01:17:58

04:09:10

 

5. Kyle Buckingham

RSA

00:25:53

02:17:01

01:22:47

04:10:17

 

 

Top five PRO women’s results:

 

 

SWIM

BIKE

RUN

FINISH

1. Flora Duffy

BMU

00:25:43

02:42:12

01:20:37

04:34:05

2. Emma Pallant

GBR

00:30:01

02:33:01

01:27:38

04:36:08

3. Jade Nicole

RSA

00:30:03

02:34:05

01:31:41

04:41:17

4. Natia Van Heerden

RSA

00:32:19

02:40:29

01:28:09

04:46:26

5. Annah Watkinson

RSA

00:30:00

02:42:37

01:30:36

04:48:39

 

“I was super determined for this race for some reason. As a PRO, you always want to win and I really wanted this one. With little Riley (son) and Nicole (wife) cheering me on I got some extra dad power, it’s a fantastic feeling.

"After coming second last year I needed that extra little bit of motivation, I’m really happy to come away with the win,” said Matt Trautman, upon crossing the finish line. 

Matt Trautman takes the bragging rights at the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City (Craig Muller for IRONMAN)

Flora Duffy said, “This is my first IRONMAN 70.3 and I decided to do it because I really wanted to qualify for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship which are in November.

"I spent half the year here in South Africa training in Stellenbosch. My husband is South African, so this is kind of a second home for me and this was the only opportunity to fit an IRONMAN 70.3 in because I primarily race the Olympic distance triathlons. 

"My big focus this year is the Olympics (in Tokyo) so this was the only opportunity I had to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. I typically don’t race the IRONMAN 70.3 distance and I typically don’t start my year off with such a tough race as this one. I did not know what to expect but I was super excited to race a new distance and to go into the unknown and get to experience long course racing.”

The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa saw athletes representing 30 nations with a total of 91 international athletes. The biggest local contingents came from Gauteng (328 athletes) followed by the Eastern Cape (328 athletes) and Western Cape (281 athletes). This race kicked off the triathlon season with a bang. 

Main image: Left is Emma Pallant, middle is Flora Duffy and right is Jade Nicole #PodiumCelebrations (Craig Muller for IRONMAN) 

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