Crowie Dominates 2016 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay

Subic Bay saw some world-class triathlon action last March 06, 2016 as the sport’s superstars gather for the 2016 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 event.  Three-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander from Australia took the overall title while two-time ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships winner Caroline “Xena” Steffen from Switzerland took the women’s crown.

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The 2016 Century Tuna Ironman 703 Subic Bay Champions:
Caroline “Xena” Steffen and Craig “Crowie” Alexander

Acea Subic Bay was teeming with action so early in the morning as both participants and spectators alike eagerly awaited the start of one of the biggest sporting event in the country this year.  The atmosphere was both competitive and inspiring at the same time as pros from all over the world graced the event along with first timers aiming to complete their first Ironman 70.3.  And at 6:27AM, the Male Pros, Filipino Elites, and CEOs were off to officially begin the event.  They were soon followed by the Female Pros and Female Filipino Elites, and later by the age groupers and relay participants.

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One of the participants having his number put on
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Participants doing some warm-up swim
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The explosive start of the Pros
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Additional entertainment for spectators

Newly introduced with this particular Ironman 70.3 event is the rolling gun start for age groupers and relay participants.  This means that participants are released in batches a few minutes apart instead of everyone starting at the same time.  Timing chips are in use along the course so timing is individually done and not based on gun start.  Not only that this makes for a more organized start, it also improves safety as swimmers have more space apart.

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Gun start schedule
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Start of one of the age groupers
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In the midst of the swim leg
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A triple tie off the water!
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At the bike transition area
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The bike leg going through the airport area
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At the approach to T2
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Filipino celebrity Matteo Guidicelli awaiting for his relay teammate

It only took three hours, 48 minutes, and 56 seconds for Craig “Crowie” Alexander to complete 1.2 miles (1.9K) of swim, 56 miles (90K) of bike, and 13.1 miles (21.1K) of run under the scorching heat of Subic Bay.  He was followed less than two minutes later by Patrick Lange.  Rounding up the top three is former title holder of Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay and Philippines, Tim Reed.  August Benedicto was the fastest Filipino of the event, clocking in at four hours, 20 minutes, and 15 seconds.

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The 2016 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay Champ, Craig “Crowie” Alexander
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Patrick Lange comes in second
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Tim Reed completes the top three
Top 5 Male PRO
1 Craig Alexander AUS 3:48:56
2 Patrick Lange DEU 3:50:45
3 Tim Reed AUS 3:52:28
4 Tim Van Berkel AUS 3:53:19
5 Jonathan Ciavatella ITA 3:56:59

The female pro category was dominated by Caroline “Xena” Steffen with a time of four hours, nine minutes, and 40 seconds.  She was followed five minutes later by Radka Vodičková of Czech Republic and coming in for third is Thailand-based Dimity-Lee Duke.  Monica Torres emerged as the Filipina champ, clocking in at four hours, 39 minutes, and 45 seconds.

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The female champ Caroline “Xena” Steffen jumping for joy at the finish
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Radka Vodičková as runner up
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Completing the female top three is Dimity-Lee Duke
Top 5 Female PRO
1 Caroline Steffen CHE 4:09:40
2 Radka Vodickova CZE 4:14:51
3 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 4:23:52
4 Kathryn Haesner NZL 4:36:36
5 Bree Wee USA 4:40:03
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August Benedicto is the fastest Filipino of the event, eighth male overall
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The Filipino Male Elite winners
Winners Male Filipino Elite
1 August Benedicto 4:20:15
2 Benjamin Rana, Jr. 4:33:23
3 Jorry Ycong 4:35:48
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The Filipino Female Elite winners
Winners Female Filipino Elite
1 Monica Torres 4:39:45
2 Maria Hodges 5:16:20
3 Ani Karina Brown 6:46:03
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The Pros at the press conference after the event
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The trophies for the special awards

2016 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay is an Ironman 70.3 World Championship Qualifying Race which would be held in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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