Blummenfelt sets new 70.3 World Best Lawrence retains in Bahrain

Sunday 09 December 2018
Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt has set a new IRONMAN® 70.3® world best time after racing to victory in Bahrain, successfully defending his Middle East Championship title in the process.
 
There was also another heroic display from Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence, who joined Blummenfelt by defending her 2017 title after seeing off the gutsy challenge of compatriot Sarah Lewis, cheered on by thousands of fans on a thrilling race day in the Middle East.
 
But it was the powerful display from the Bergen-born Blummenfelt that captured the imagination on a near-perfect day conditions-wise in Bahrain. His official time of 3:29:04 beat the previous world best of 3:34:04, held by Germany’s Michael Raelert, by five minutes.
 
After exiting the swim course in sixth place, some 38 seconds adrift of the leader Eric Watson, Blummenfelt quickly got himself into contention on the bike leg, taking the lead after 28km in front of his fellow countrymen Caspar Stornes and Gustav Iden, as well as Britain’s Adam Bowden.
 
The group continued to battle it out as they moved into the Bahrain International Circuit, famous for its annual Formula 1 race, with the lead changing hands between Iden and Blummenfelt, before the latter emerged at the front from T2.
 
A gruelling 21.1km run course awaited, and Iden was in no mood to give up the fight and led the way in the early stages. However, Blummenfelt was refusing to hand over the title he won so memorably in 2017, and by the 13.5km stage he was back in front, a lead he never relinquished. The 24-year-old finished the race with an average kilometre split of three minutes 20 seconds on the run course, a phenomenal pace.
 
With history made in the elite men’s field, all attention now turned to the women’s race to see if Holly Lawrence – the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion – could keep hold of her 2017 crown. Having exited the swim with a lead of over a minute from Australian Ellie Salthouse, Lawrence seemed to struggle in the first few kilometres of the bike leg before regaining the ascendency and moving into T2 again with a lead over Salthouse.
 
The 28-year-old Lawrence – who competed for Wales in the 2014 Commonwealth Games – never looked like letting her grip on the Middle East Championship weaken, and she powered home on the run course to finish in 3:59:20, 52 seconds ahead of compatriot Sarah Lewis, who had overtaken Salthouse earlier during the final leg of the day.

Top three professional men’s results:
1. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 00:21:36//1:56:52//1:06:58//03:29:04
2. Gustav Iden NOR 00:22:03//1:56:37//1:07:13//03:29:25
3. Casper Stornes NOR 00:21:30//1:56:32//1:11:15//03:33:31
 
Top three professional women’s results:
1. Holly Lawrence GBR 00:22:10//2:10:43//1:21:55//03:59:20
2. Sarah Lewis GBR 00:24:28/2:12:15//1:18:41//04:00:13
3. Ellie Salthouse AUS 00:23:14//2:12:16//1:26:36//04:06:25
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