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Frenchman wins EL Ironman 70.3

Frenchman wins EL Ironman 70.3

It was a spectacular day in East London when Romain Guilaume of France clinched his very first Ironman 70.3 men’s race victory.

Guilaume took part in the 10th edition of the Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa held on Sunday, 29 January 2017.

Gailaume described his race as a perfect race, saying that he fought hard to create a gap, finishing with a two minute lead ahead of South Africans James Cunnama finishing second and Kyle Buckingham, who took the third spot at the podium.

“At the end of the bike ride I was leading by six minutes, I knew then that victory was certain but I had to keep fighting because I was up against the best,” said Gauilaume.

He encouraged other triathletes to never give up even when the going gets tough.

“Last year, I was tempted to stop competing in triathlons altogether because the past two years were very difficult, but my winning spirit would not let me quit. I trained harder and today my hard work has paid off,” said Gauilaume.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Jodie Cunnama who confirmed her status as the most commanding female triathlete winning her seventh consecutive title expressed a mixture of relief and satisfaction with her win.

“It was not an easy win, the race gets harder every year and having won six consecutive races there is a lot of pressure to retain the title, I am relieved and happy with the outcome,” said Cunnama.

A delighted Susie Cheetham from Britain was the well-deserved runner up, with Poland’s Jerzyk Agnieszka in third place.

Over 3000 competitors gathered at Orient Beach for the 1.9 kilometre ocean swim, followed by a 90.1 kilometre bike ride and a 21.1 kilometre run in temperatures hitting the lower 30’s.

Ironman Communications Specialist, Michael Flanagan said that they are happy to host yet another successful Ironman 70.3 race which shines an international spotlight on the Metro and contributes to its economy.

“The influx of athletes and travelling companions provides a substantial tourism injection into the Buffalo City Metro, bringing an estimated R40 million worth of direct spend into the City for the period of the event,” said Flanagan.

He also added that reaching ten years is a big milestone. “Over the years this event has grown in size and stature and has become a major fixture on the international calendar.”

 



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