Ryf wins fifth 70.3 world title, Lawrence takes silver

Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf claimed a fifth Ironman 70.3 title in six years, beating Britain’s Holly Lawrence into second, with Lucy Charles-Barclay having to settle for fifth after receiving a 5min drafting penalty on the bike. 

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Ryf, 32, who has also won the past four Ironman world titles in Hawaii, used the descent from the Maritime Alps’ Col de Vence in the second half of the bike leg to do the damage, opening a 2min gap on her rivals that she extended over the half-marathon for a comprehensive 3:58 victory margin.  

Lawrence, the 2016 world champion in Mooloolaba who has recovered from a foot injury that plagued her throughout 2017 and 2018, looked strong throughout and pulled clear of Switzerland’s Imogen Simmonds at the start of the run to secure a runner-up berth. 

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