Oakley's DeBoom And Granger Finish Strong At Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
Oakley’s Tim DeBoom won the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii last weekend , finishing ahead of 1,660 other triathletes on the Kohala Coast. In women’s, Oakley’s defending champion Belinda Granger earned second Ironman 70.3 Hawaii crown.
DeBoom, two-time world Ironman champion, added the half-Ironman title to his record in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 2 seconds. Close behind was Luke Bell, 31, of Australia, at 4:05:29. American Matt Lieto, 26, finished in 4:08:14 and Australian Paul Attard, 26, came in with a 4:10:02 time.
DeBoom said he was “happy to have another win in Hawaii.” His race went according to plan, he said, as he held back on the bike in order to finish strong on the run. Looking out at the aqua blue of the Pacific Ocean while palm trees swayed above him, DeBoom said he was enjoying “the beautiful setting, the great aid stations,” and the easygoing, celebratory vibe of the 70.3 Hawaii.
The men’s field was without last year’s winner Craig Alexander, who finished in 4:02:52.
In women’s, Oakley’s defending champion Belinda Granger repeated with a time of 4:34:38. She was third woman out of the water, but rode her way to the front of the pack to win for the second-straight year.
The women’s fastest swimmer was hometown professional Bree Wee, 31, who eventually had to settle for second place at 4:40:13.
Third was Emily Cocks, 33-year-old California professional, who finished in 4:45:05.
Granger says she “went for it on the bike,” since it had been a few months since her last triathlon, and she wanted to see where her fitness was. “I was confident on the run. I was looking forward to it.”