Long-distance champion Radka Vodičková (CZE) continued her global tour of podiums by seizing first place at the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei on Sunday. The win in China is the second time that the former Olympian took the top spot at an IRONMAN 70.3 race and the eighth that she has stood on a podium this year.
“What can you say? When Radka races, the odds are good that she takes the podium,” said Human Interest Group Director Michael Cardoza.
“This victory at Hefei, along with her seven other podium performances this year, shows how formidable Radka is – regardless of the race and against an incredibly strong and competitive pro women field. Great job, Radka!”
Vodičková started the race with the second-fastest swim (24:59) among the pro women and stayed in the lead on the bike with the time of 2:22:16. A challenge to her lead happened during the run, but mid-way through the course, she accelerated past her competitor, securing first place. Her run clocked in at 1:22 (3:56/km). Vodičková crossed the finish line with a time of 4:13:50, about three minutes ahead of the runner-up and eight before third place.
Vodičková demonstrated in Hefei how a season of injury-free training and consistent racing had strengthened her overall. IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei is the ninth long-distance race for Vodičková this year, including the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship where she also ran to a top ten finish. Before the year ends, Vodičková is scheduled to compete at four more triathlons.
IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei
Radka Vodičková (CZE) 4:13:50
Emma Pallant (GBR) 4:16:55
Robin Pomeroy (USA) 4:21:47
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