Oct 15 2013

Fuji’s Blatchford Podiums at Ironman World Championships – Kona

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Fuji’s Blatchford Podiums at Ironman World Champs!
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Fuji’s Liz Blatchford blew away the entire triathlon world Saturday with the race of her life at the Ironman World Championship: a 3rd-place podium finish in her Kona debut among the best triathletes in the world – just the 3rd Ironman of her career!

“Wow, Wow, Wow. I am so overwhelmed to take 3rd here in Kona,” said Blatchford after the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26-mile run.
4th out of the water in a speedy 54:07, Blatchford exited T1 aboard her custom, pinked-out Norcom Straight and quickly made her way into a 10-rider lead group packed with favorites. They built up a nearly 2-minute advantage, with each rider taking turns at the front.

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With attacks as T2 neared, Blatchford entered transition in 5th with a 4:57:40 bike split, yet had to serve a potentially devastating 4-minute penalty for littering. “Brain fade in last bit of the bike,” explained Blatchford post-race.

And so the chase began. Sitting at 10th 7 miles through the run, Blatchford resumed her spot at 5th halfway through the marathon. She then overtook Carline Steffen and Yvonne van Vlerken around Mile Marker 22 to move into 3rd.
Van Vlerken really pushed the pace in the final miles, but Blatchford ran her way onto the podium with a 3:03:23 marathon and 1-minute advantage over a hard-charging van Vlerken (and even 14 seconds faster than 2nd-place Rachel Joyce’s run).

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If not for the penalty, could she have climbed even higher? Blatchford said, “It didn’t change the end result, but it did stop me from going sub-9 (hours)!”
Blatchford amassed more than 20 international victories and 30 podiums across the globe throughout her 11 years on the ITU circuit. She very recently made the transition from short-course racing to long-course. She won her first-ever 70.3 event – 2012 Ironman 70.3 Boulder – and her first-ever full Ironman distance – 2013 Ironman Cairns.
Her first-ever Ironman World Championship: a podium. Extraordinary.
Check out our interview with Blatchford pre-race HERE and a video documenting her month of training on the island HERE.
Congratulations Liz!

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