Alexander, Vodičková, And Mendez Keep Pressure On Competitors To Capture 2nd Places At Ironman 70.3 Asia-pacific Championship, Xterra Poland: Weekend Wrap-up
Three-time IRONMAN World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander (AUS) and IRONMAN 70.3 champion Radka Vodičková (CZE) took second places at the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Cebu, Philippines this weekend, while off-road triathlon phenom Mauricio Mendez (MEX) continued his XTERRA European Tour with a runner-up finish at XTERRA Poland.
“Congrats to Crowie, Rads, and Mauricio!” said Michael Cardoza, Human Interest Group Director. “Though we all wished they had crossed the finish lines first, their second place finishes came about from powerful performances with some of the fastest splits of the day.”
“Crowie is proving that age doesn’t matter when you step to the start line prepared physically and mentally. Cebu was hot and competitive, and Crowie sill outperformed a younger pack. Not to make excuses for him but he only recently traveled home to Australia then turned around for Cebu only a few days later. Travel takes its toll on athletes, so this performances is impressive considering the length of his recent travels.”
“Congrats to Radka for pushing Caroline Steffen throughout the race, especially on the bike. Looking at her splits, like that lightning fast swim, Radka is heading in the right direction for a stand-out race at the 70.3 World Championships.”
“And Mauricio is racking up some impressive wins with last week’s victory at XTERRA Italy and now Poland. He’s also getting invaluable knowledge about different terrains and races that will benefit his career and just make him a more experienced athlete. We look forward to cheering him on at his next stop in Sweden.”
Craig Alexander – 2nd place IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship
With a 24:14 swim putting him in the midst of the elite group, Alexander moved up to the front with a strong performance on his bike (2:03:38). The 43-year-old IRONMAN World Champion made a decisive acceleration on the run with only Cebu Champ Tim Reed ahead of him and the rest of the contenders behind. Alexander’s final run split was 1:23:10, the 2nd fastest in the pro men’s division. Alexander crossed the finish line with a two-minute cushion ahead of third place.
Alexander has stood on the podium at races throughout this season, most recently IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman in third place, and we may see him compete at the upcoming IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships.
Radka Vodičková – 2nd place IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship
Competing against four-time Cebu champion Caroline Steffen, Vodičková showed early in the race that the top spot was her ultimate goal. First, Vodičková earned the fastest swim split with a time of 25:51, leaving the water well ahead of the other pro women. She then powered through the bike, staying right behind Steffen into transition; her bike time of 2:20:07 was 2nd fastest for the women. With a strong run that was also the 2nd fastest in her division, Vodičková crossed the finish line with a time of 4:18:29, about two minutes later than Steffen.
The performance in Cebu is the fourth podium appearance for Vodičková at an IRONMAN 70.3 race this year, including a first place at IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya. Vodičková plans to continue the podium streak later this summer when she competes at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Australia.
After the race, Vodičková told Witsup.com, “Four years ago I raced in London Olympics and I was saying that was an unreal crowd, like a big discotheque. And now four years later I’m not in the Olympics but in Cebu and it feels the same, maybe better!”
Mauricio Mendez – 2ND place XTERRA Poland
In between the fastest swim and fastest run among the elite men, Mauricio Mendez crashed his bike on the final lap of XTERRA Poland. The tumble did not slow down the twenty-year-old off-road phenom who, once back on the bike, erased the time deficit. In a good position for his run, Mendez passed a lead pack to shadow the front runner and eventual XTERRA Poland victor. Mendez crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 2:38:09.
XTERRA Poland is the second of five races on the European Tour that Mauricio will compete in this summer. Next up is XTERRA Sweden.
IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Cebu, Philippines – Pro Men
Tim Reed (AUS) 3:51:46
Craig “Crowie” Alexander (AUS) 3:55:01
Sam Betten (AUS) 3:57:15
IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Cebu, Philippines – Pro Women
Caroline Steffen (CHE) 4:16:19
Radka Vodičková (CZE) 4:18:29
Sarah Crowley (AUS) 4:21:53
XTERRA Poland – Krakow, Poland (1200m swim, 38km MTB, 10km trail run)
Yeray Luxem (BEL) 2:37:36
Mauricio Mendez (MEX) 2:38:09
Kris Coddens (BEL) 2:39:55