Ryf, Gomez win Ironman 70.3 Worlds

Spain’s Javier Gomez leads a group of triathletes during the 56-mile bike ride through Walker County on Sunday. Gomez would go on to win the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. (Messenger photo/Scott Herpst)

Chattanooga and northwest Georgia played host to the 2017 Icy Hot Ironman 70.3 World Championship this past weekend. The women’s race was held on Saturday, while the men’s raced for gold on Sunday.

Daniela Ryf of Switzerland became the first three time champion, winning the title by nearly seven seconds.

Rfy swam the 1.2-mile Tennessee River course in 26:26, biked a 56-mile loop from Ross’ Landing through Walker County and back in 2:20:21 and completed the 13.1 half-marathon in 1:22:06 to finish in a time of 4:09.47.

Great Britain’s Emma Pallant was runner-up in a time of 4:18:36. Germany’s Laura Phillips (4:19.40) was third, while Sarah True (4:21.40) was the top American finisher in fourth.

One day later, Spain’s Javier Gomez prevented a wire-to-wire win by American Ben Kanute by passing him on Mile 8 of the run to complete the course in 3:49.44 and earn his second world title.

Gomez, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, completed the swim in 24:08 and got off the bike after just 2:12:27. He finished the run in 1:10.29.

Kanute managed to hang on for second, finishing in 3:51:06, while Great Britian’s Tim Don (3:51:59) was third.