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Andale Chile 70.3

Yes that is right, the racing season is (gulp) already starting. The first 70.3 Half Ironman of the year is the Pucon race down in Chile. It is one of the prettiest courses and tends to have some top pros show up. Galindez has won it 4 or 5 times, but this year it went to young superstar Colucci after Macca got a flat and pulled out. For the ladies Heather Gollnick added one more win after a great 2007 season.  The recap from Ironmanlive.com is below:

In the men’s race, the leaders exited the water fairly close to one another, with roughly a minute separating the first finishers from the chasers. The dynamics of the leader board changed significantly, however, when Chris McCormack, the athlete predicted by many to be the main contender to win in Pucon, dropped out on the bike due to a flat tire. McCormack told the Chilean press that he decided the time lost due to the flat was too great to make up once his tire was fixed, but he promised to return for another go in the future. That incident left the race open to a slew of South American favorites, including Oscar Galindez, a four-time champion of this event.
Brazilian Reinaldo Colucci killed Galindez’s hopes of a fifth victory by outrunning Galindez by almost three minutes to finish in 4:00:25. Galindez held on to second place, finishing in 4:03:25 while Santiago Ascenco of Brazil finished in third 4:07:43.

The women’s race played out a bit more as predicted, with last year’s second place finisher Heather Gollnick taking the top spot this year. American women pulled a one-two punch with Gollnick, a five-time Ironman champion (not to mention mother of three) posting a quick run split to beat new pro Linsey Corbin in just under two minutes. Gollnick finished in 4:37:02 with Corbin finishing in 4:38:57. Tereza Macel of the Czech Republic finished third in 4:42:27.

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January 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm
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