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Liz Blatchford secures her Kona qualification

19. August 2018 — Triathlon Team

© James Mitchell

Liz Blatchford takes a fantastic victory in Ironman Mont Tremblant and secures her Kona qualification. Blatchford claimed her second Ironman title of the season in Mont Tremblant after an outstanding performance.

The BMC-Vifit Sport athlete crossed the finish line in a winning time of 9:16:45, posting the fastest running split of the day. Lauren Brandon (USA; 9:18:02) finished 2nd as Meredith Kessler (USA; 9:23:09) completed the podium. Adding another Ironman title to her season tally (after her victory in IM Philippines earlier in the year), Liz Blatchford secured her qualification for the World Championship in Hawaii. This brings the total to 7 athletes of the BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team who have now all secured their slot for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

Solid and in control from the start

The race started with a slight delay due to foggy conditions. That didn’t impact Liz’s performance in the swim as she exited the water in 3th place together with Kessler in second, 2' down to leader Brandon. Once on the bike, Blatchford put together a very solid ride, staying in contention for the entire 180k. After 96k the difference had increased to 4' and only extended by another minute in the second part of the bike. Liz entered transition in 3rd and started the closing marathon 5' down from the lead.

Very experienced performance

Afer a very solid bike performance, the BMC-Vifit Sport athlete ran strong from the start and started to close down on 2nd place. At 32k Liz had reduced the deficit to the lead of the race to 1:24, still in 3rd but about to make the pass for second. Only a few kilometers further Blatchford had closed the gap towards the front of the race and made the pass to take control of the lead. Liz never dropped the pace and kept digging deep. She gradually extended her lead in the final stages of the marathon and after posting the fastest run split of the day (3:13:32 marathon), Liz Blatchford took a fantastic victory in Ironman Mont Treblant. After her win in Ironman Philippines her second Ironman title of the season.

Pure determination

"Safe to say I was a tad emotional running down that chute", Liz Blatchford looked back at her winning performance. “So unexpected, incredibly sweet. I didn't even image to win here today. When I took the lead with 7k to go I felt I was dreaming. The adrenaline and the crowd really carried me home. This was sheer determination and experience that got me there. Forever grateful for the fantastic support from my team BMC-Vifit Sport, my husband, family and friends. Next stop Kona!"

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