IRONMAN 70.3 CHAMPION RADKA VODIČKOVÁ OPENS SEASON WITH THIRD PLACE AT GEELONG: WEEKEND WRAP-UP
IRONMAN 70.3 champion and Olympic triathlete Radka Vodičková opened the 2016 season in much the same way she concluded 2015: standing on the podium. Human Interest Group congratulates Vodičková for claiming third place at the IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong race in Australia this past weekend, effectively starting a new year of promising racing.
The Human Interest Group director Michael Cardoza said, “This weekend’s performance at Geelong shows how Radka is maturing into one of the top elite triathletes on the global stage. Like last year, Rads is seeking out competitive and tough long-distance triathlons all around the world, giving her invaluable race preparation and experiences throughout the year. Keep your eye on Rads in 2016.”
Vodičková announced her 2016 arrival with the fastest swim of 24:21 (1:15/100m) among the pro women field. On the bike, she stayed strong throughout the course, with the fourth fastest time of 2:29:27. Vodičková held her position within the lead group on the run and ultimately crossed the finish line with a run time of 1:24:15. Her speed and power earned Rads third place with a final time of 4:21:49.
After the race Radka stated, “My first race was not too bad, happy with podium, now back to training ;-)”.
Vodičková’s performance in Geelong predicts another podium dominant season for this past Olympian. Building from her eight podium finishes in 2015, Vodičková is planning to compete in multiple long-distance triathlons around the world, including the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in her new “home country” of Australia.
IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong – Women Pros
Mel Hauschildt (AUS) 04:14:28
Annabel Luxford (AUS) 04:20:15
Radka Vodičková (CZE) 04:21:49