Swallow takes the 70.3 Worlds title

Long Course | November 18, 2010

Britain's Jodie Swallow put up a superbly dominant performance in Clearwater, Florida to win the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Championships. This win made 2010 a perfect triathlon season for Specialized with Javier Gomez winning the Dextro Energy ITU World Championship Series, Chris Macca McCormack taking the Ford Ironman World Championships and Conrad Stoltz grabbing another XTERRA World Championship title this year.

Jodie was first out of the water and had about a minute lead on 2009 champion Julie Dibens. The 2 athletes have know each other for quite some time having raced many of the same events in the UK and Dibens had considered Jodie to be her toughest competitor.

While quite a few folks expected for Dibens to reel in Jodie sometime soon on the bike that just did not happen. Jodie actually opened up the gap even more aboard her Specialized ITU road bike and at one point was 2:30 up on the chasing Dibens.

Towards the end of the bike ride Jodie slowed down a bit to get ready for the run but still had one minute in the bank.

Out on the run Jodie quickly gained time on all her chasers and her 1:21:59 split proved to be fastest among the Pro women. Jodie crossed the line first in 4:06:28 and took the 70.3 World Championship title, her second after having won the ITU Long Course Worlds in Perth in 2009.

"I feel good," said Jodie. "And when I feel good, I am strong. And I felt amazing today. I won my first ITU World Cup at Korea four weeks ago with a good run. And I say if you can run a good 10k, you can run a good half marathon."

Congrats Jodie.

Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Clearwater, Florida / November 13, 2010

swim 1.2m / bike 56m / run 13.1m

Top women

1. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:06:28

2. Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:12:34

3. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:13:04

4. Amanda Stevens (USA) 4:13:32

5. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:17:08