Sunday, February 12, 2012

Docherty wins Panama 70.3, Lance comes in second

Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Sun Feb 12 2012
Kiwi Bevan Docherty ran down Lance Armstrong with a lot of grit to take Ironman 70.3 Panama in 3:50:13. Canadian Angela Naeth recorded the fastest bike split in the women's race and pulled away during the run for the win.

The men

The 70.3 Panama received quite a bit of hype prior to the race when word got out that 7-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was going to be in the event. Plus entries from fast ITU Pros Bevan Docherty, Ivan Vasilyev and Bertrand Billard promised to make this early season race very interesting.

Matty Reed who also has quite a bit of short course experience and speed took charge of the 1.2 mile point-to-point swim and managed to be first out of the water in 18:49. Reed had Vasilyev and Docherty right on his heels, and Rasmus Henning was next. Lance Armstrong managed a 19:22 swim that allowed him to be 10th out of the water, with Chris Lieto in 12th position, another 16 seconds back. 

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