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Triathlon: Rachel Joyce finishes third in the Ironman World Championships

October 13, 2014
Rachel-Joyce

Britain’s Rachel Joyce (pictured below) finished third in this weekend’s Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, her second podium place in two years.  Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae won her third title, whilst Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf who only completed her first Ironman distance a couple of months ago took second.

Rachel-Joyce
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Carfrae completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and marathon 26.2 miles run in nine hours, 55 seconds to defend the title she also won in 2010.

14:30 down off the bike and breaking her own run course record in 2:50:26.

The race was an exciting one from start to finish. Jodie Swallow, Meredith Kessler, and Amanda Stevens used their swim strength to lead the field through choppy conditions and finished two minutes ahead of pre-race favorites Rachel Joyce (GBR) and Caroline Steffen (CHE) who exited in seventh and eight place.

The bike leg saw Daniela Ryf of Switzerland and Rachel Joyce overtake the early leaders and begin to gain a lead over the rest of the field. Ryf, who is coached by Chrissie Wellington’s former coach, Brett Sutton, had a two-minute cushion over Joyce, and a healthy three-plus minute over the rest of the top 10 by transition.

Carfrae’s had a deficit of 14:30, but used to chasing down the leaders overtook Joyce and then passed Ryf just three miles from the finish to take her third title.

Other notable British performances:

Pro race:
Jodie Swallow 4th
Corinne Abraham 11th
Leander Cave 18th
Lucy Gossage 32nd

Age Group 25-29
Simone Dailey 2nd

Age Group 35-39
Caroline Livesey 3rd

Age Group 40-44
Tracey Cook 4th

Age Group 50-54
Gill Fullen 5th

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