Breakthrough Performance: Jenny Fletcher Wins First Ever Pro Event at IRONMAN 70.3 Branson
Oakley athlete, Jenny Fletcher added another highlight to her already impressive resume. On top of her countless magazine covers, Oakley brand campaigns and TV commercials, the triathlete/model can now place IRONMAN 70.3 Branson Champion on her long list of accomplishments. Fletcher, the face of Oakley’s Fall running brand campaign, won in impressive fashion in Missouri, marking her first ever win as a professional triathlete.
“I wanted this win,” Fletcher told us. “I started moving as soon as I could and focused on getting to the finish line. I eased up in the end mainly because I couldn’t go any faster and I knew I had won. There is nothing more satisfying then basking in a great result and day!”
Fletcher came out of the water of Table Rock Lake in Branson in third position, trailing Americans Joanna Addler and Tammy Richie. The Canadian, Fletcher, had four minutes and 41 seconds to make up on the bike to take the lead. She did just that, never looking back and owning the race from there on out.
By the time T-2 came around, Fletcher had increased her lead to an astounding 5:47 over Germany’s Nina Kraft, who had overtaken Addler for second place during the bike. Fletcher’s race-leading 2:54:12 bike split proved crucial as her pace slowed during the second half of the 13.1 mile run. Even with the decrease in speed however, Fletcher ran the fourth fastest half (1:34:10), which was enough to hold off Kraft for her first ever IRONMAN 70.3 victory
“I just accomplished one of my dreams,” Fletcher added. “To know what it feels like to cross the finish line in first and break that tape and stand on top of the podium; words cannot describe. I have sacrificed so much for this journey and it has been the best one ever!”
Congratulations to Jenny on her first-ever professional triathlon victory. Her Oakley family could not be more proud of her during this special moment in her career.
IRONMAN 70.3 Branson
Professional Women’s Results
1 Jenny Fletcher 4:57:03
2 Nina Kraft 4:57:33
3 Coroline Gregory 5:06:38
4 Tami Richie 5:11:04
5 Joanna Addler 5:12:55