From Texas to the Bahamas, Human Interest Group athletes stood on the podium this weekend: Samuel “Appo” Appleton (AUS) continued his impressive young pro career with a victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Austin while Tim Don (GBR) took third among the world’s ten top male triathletes at the inaugural Island House Invitational Triathlon.
“I really like how Appo has raced this year. He started the year strong and concluded his season on top,” explained Michael Cardoza, director of the Human Interest Group. “It’s just more evidence that the young Aussie is developing into a genuine triathlon star. And congrats too to Tim for staying fast over three days at the Island House Invitational Triathlon. A Bahamas race may have looked fun, but I know that reaching the podium was not easy and required a different kind of stamina. Kudos to both Appo and Tim.”
Appo Goes Big In Texas
After exiting the lake swim at 24:21, Appo switched back and forth as the bike leader with only 25 seconds between Appo and his closest competitor at T2; Appleton’s final bike time was 2:09:04. Appleton immediately started strong and fast on the run and did not slow down, ultimately having the fastest run for the race with a 1:14:24 time. Appo’s final race time was 3:51:16.
The Austin victory is one more high point in an impressive 2015 season for the young triathlon rising star including first places at IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman, IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns, Ironman 70.3 Bussleton, Challenge Batemans Bay and Huskisson Long Course Triathlon.
HIG also congratulates Paul “Barny” Matthews for his sixth place finish in Austin with a final time of 4:03:01.
Don Stays Fast For Third Place
Don was one of five HIG athletes selected to participate in the Island House Invitational Triathlon that took place on Highbourne Cay in the Bahamas. Twenty of the world’s best triathletes competed in the event’s individual time trial, draft-legal Olympic enduro, and non-drafting sprint race formats over three days.
With the third-best time (22:06) in the prologue/first stage of the triathlon, Don remained in third place following his second stage performance (1:51:32). Don ended the triathlon event with a fifth-place finish (57:34) for the sprint race on Day 3. Totaling Don’s times for each of the three stages ultimately earned him third place among the ten male competitors.
Coming in 15th at his first appearance at the IRONMAN World Championship this year, Don is the reigning champion of both United States and Latin American IRONMAN 70.3 championships, Ironman 70.3 Monterrey and IRONMAN Mallorca, his only other full IRONMAN race besides Kona.
Heather and Trevor Wurtele, Rachel Joyce and Ben Hoffman were among the HIG long course stars that also raced in the the Island House Invitational.
IRONMAN 70.3 Austin – Pro Men
1 Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:51:16
2 Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:52:59
3 Taylor Reid (CAN) 4:00:39
6 Paul Matthews (AUS) 4:03:01
Island House Invitational Triathlon* – Men
1 Javier Gomez (ESP) 3:08:21
2 Richard Murray (RSA) 3:09:42
3 Tim Don (GBR) 3:11:13
*Reflects combination of 3 stages over 3 days