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Liz Blatchford Third at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii

12. October 2015 — Triathlon Team

Liz Blatchford was the shining light of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team at the World Championship Ironman in Hawaii on Saturday.

She got off to a good start and hung with the best during the swim leg of the 3.2km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run event. After the swim she jumped on her Timemachine TM01 and set off from the transition zone in fourth place and managed to stick with the fastest group of female athletes until the 80km mark. She then rode a clever race, conserving energy for the marathon at the end of the event. During the marathon it was then her time to seize the day. A superb runner, Liz quickly collected one girl after the other to move up to third place with 17km to go to the finish line. The incredible heat made a really tough battle until the end, but Liz kept her cool and was overcome with joy when she came home in third place for the second time in her career at the most important long-distance triathlon race in the world.

Tough conditions

Due to last year’s performances Romain Guillaume, Bart Aernouts and Ronnie Schildknecht started the day with high expectations. Romain stayed with the best until halfway through the race, but then had to let the front group go. A tough marathon experience meant he eventually came home in 19th place. The brutal heat and humidity, even by Kona standards, made it a very tough race. Ronnie Schildknecht, Bart Aernouts and Sofie Goos struggled in the conditions from the beginning and each of them were forced to abandon the race.

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