Follow it live: Ironman 70.3 Oceanside (29/3/2014)

After his 2nd place in IM 70.3 South Africa, Uplace-BMC athlete Will Clarke is ready for the next one: IM 70.3 Oceanside. It all happens on March 29th from 6:40am local/2:40pm Brussels. We will be live-blogging the race, but of course we will have race previews, photos and videos in the days before.

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  1. Wrapping up today's coverage with the race report:
  2. An off-day and a nagging calf force Will out of the Ironman 70.3 California:
  3. 10:57am Oceanside/18:57 Brussels: As Heather Wurtele takes the women's title and the top-20 men have finished, no sign of Will. So it's safe to assume something went wrong for Will.

    10:12am Oceanside/18:12 Brussels: Defending champion Andy Potts is second. And world champion Sebastian Kienle makes 3.

    10:10am Oceanside/18:10 Brussels: Jan Frodeno wins the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside! 
  4. 10:10am Oceanside/18:10 Brussels: Official pro men splits at the 11.3 mark. No update on Will:
    1. Jan Frodeno - 3:34:09 
    2. Andy Potts - 3:37:32 
    3 . ebastian Kienle - 3:38:01 
    4. Joe Gambles - 3:39:49 
    5. Matt Chrabot - 3:40:35 
    6 . Kevin Collington - 3:40:49 
    7 . Brent McMahon - 3:41:06 
    8. Trevor Wurtele - 3:43:33 
    9. Matt Reed - 3:43:34 
    10. Albert Moreno - 3:46:0
  5. 10:10am Oceanside/18:10 Brussels: While Frodeno continues to lead with Potts more than 2 minutes and Kienlie more than 3 minutes down, there have been no tracking updates from Will on the run. The tracker seems to have caught up with other athletes, so let's hope it's a chip issue.

    9:40am Oceanside/17:40 Brussels: Frodeno is on fire. With Potts is 1:35 down already, is Frodeno speeding off to a win already?
  6. The athletes have to complete a two-loop 13.1 miles to reach the finish line.
  7. 9:30am Oceanside/17:30 Brussels: Official splits for the pro men into T2. Will came in in 15th position; he is almost 9 minutes behind the race leaders:
    1. Andrew Starykowicz - 2:36:35  
    2  Jan Frodeno - 2:36:39 
    3. Andy Potts - 2:36:51 
    4. Matt Chrabot - 2:37:03 
    5. Sebastian Kienle - 2:38:06  
    6. Hector Guerra - 2:38:26 
    7. Brent McMahon - 2:39:42 
    8. Joe Gambles - 2:39:45 
    9. Matt Reed - 2:39:47 
    10. Kevin Collington - 2:40:04
    15. Will Clarke - 02:45:12
  8. 9:20am Oceanside/17:20 Brussels: Ready for the run! Starykowicz,  Potts, Chrabot and Frodeno are into T2, followed by Kienle. 
  9. Video men pro top 5 leaving t2. #im703cali @IronmanTri
  10. 8:50am Oceanside/16:50 Brussels: 45 miles into the race, Potts is now leading solo, with Chrabot and  Frodeno seconds behind. 2 minutes behind them a chase group headed by Kienle. No update on Will (who is not in the top 10 right now), as the athlete tracker seems to be taking a nap.
  11. 8:30am Oceanside/16:30 Brussels: After 35 miles, we have the three leaders (Chrabot, Frodeno, Potts) followed by one big chase pack 2 minutes behind, brought together by a surging Kienle. Other athletes in that group: McMahon, Gambles, Collington, Starykowicz, Griffen and Reed.
  12. 8:25am Oceanside/16:25 Brussels: Ironman.com reports on movers and shakers at the 30-mile mark: "we still have Chrabot, Potts and Frodeno in the lead. McMahon, Gambles and Collington are 2 minutes behind now. There's now a group of five at 2:30 that includes Starykowicz, Griffen, Kienle, Allerup and Reed."
  13. 8:05am Oceanside/16:05 Brussels: Official 11.6 mile splits after all. Will is in 9th position, 2:54 behind race leader Potts.
    1. Andy Potts - 50:50 
    2 . Jan Frodeno - 50:54 
    3.  Matt Chrabot - 51:12 
    4 . James Seear - 51:40 
    5. Jens Toft Allerup - 52:01 
    6. Brent McMahon - 52:35 
    7. Kyle Leto - 52:47 
    8. Leon Griffin - 53:40 
    9.  Will Clarke - 53:44 (2:54)
    10. Sebastian Kienle - 54:13
  14. 8:00am Oceanside/16:00 Brussels: Partial reusults coming in from California. The athlete tracker has Will through the 11 mile mark in 53:44. We know that was 2:32 behind Chrabot, but no times for the other main players. 

    Ironman spotters had the following report at the 20 mile mark: "Through 20 miles it's Frodeno, Chrabot and Potts in the lead. Then we have: Allerup, McMahon, Gambles and Collington at 1:40
    Seear, Reed, Leto and Twelsiek at 2:30. At 3:30 behind is Sebastian Kienle."
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