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Appleton Opens 2020 with Silver

Published February 27th, 2020 by Humaninterestadmin

Perennial Ironman 70.3 Champion Sam Appleton opened his 2020 season with a solid performance at the Ironman Australian 70.3 Championships in Geelong with a 2nd place finish.  Sam was first out of the water with eventual winner Josh Amberger hot on his tail and a minute plus on the strong Aussie field, including 5x Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander.  Appleton put down a 2.04.40 bike split, the days fastest, and rode into T2 with a 3 second lead on Amberger.  The two young Aussies had a solid lead of nearly 3 minutes on the rest of the field.  Amberger eventually finished top dog with a 30 second win over Appleton's second place.  46 year old Craig Alexander indicated he felt a bit sluggish in the start of his first race of the year but came together on the back half of the run and finished 6th place.   


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