Frenchman Romain Guillaume won the 10th Ironman 70.3 South Africa triathlon at Orient Beach in East London today.
The 31-year-old finished the 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run in 4:08:57 to beat South Africans James Cunnama (4:11:26) and Kyle Buckingham (4:14:29) into second and third.
Guillaume exited the water in fifth, seven seconds behind Britain’s Mark Threlfall.
The Frenchman pushed the pace early on in the cycle leg to build a gap of 1:30 over Threlfall with a group of four – Evert Scheltinga, Buckingham, Stuart Marais and James Cunnama – following at 2:30.
At the halfway mark, he had extended his lead to 2:35 over Threlfall and 4:03 over Scheltinga.
Guillaume led the leaders into transition after 2:46:11 of racing. He was followed by Threlfall and Cunnama, who were 6:08 and 6:43 behind respectively.
Gauillaume reached the halfway mark of the run 3:27:14 into the race, followed by Cunnama at 5:14 and Threlfall at 6:40.
Britain’s Jodie Cunnama led the women’s race from start to finish to win in 4:39:48. Her compatriot Susie Cheetham was second (4:40:49) after closing the gap towards the finish, followed by Poland’s Jerzyk Agnieszka in thid (4:47:47).
It was Cunnama’s seventh straight victory.
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