Five-time Ironman World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander and two-time Ironman World Champion Caroline Steffen were the fastest finishers of their divisions at the 2016 Century Ironman 70.30 at Subic Bay, Philippines, clocking in at 3:48:56 and 04:09:40 respectively.
Australia’s Craig Alexander raced past Germany’s Patrick Lange (03:50:45) who came in second, and fellow Aussie and defending champion Tim Reed (03:52:28) who came in third. Lange who started strong on the swim and bike legs was overtaken by Alexander who snatched the lead during the run, six kilometers from the finish line.
Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen secured first place over Czech Republic’s Radka Vodickova (04:14:51), and Dimity-Lee Duke (04:23:52). It was a tight battle between Steffen and Vodickova who led the female pro division throughout the race.
August Benedicto (04:20:15) won the men’s Filipino elite division, followed by Benjamin Rana Jr. (04:33:23) and Jorry Ycong (04:35:48) while Monica Torres (04:39:45) clinched the top spot of the women’s Filipino elite division over Maria Hodges (05:16:20) and Ani Karina Brown (6:46:03).
The podium finishers received jeepney-shaped medals and trophies from SEI president Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. General Manager Greg Banzon during the awards rites. The first five men and women finishers of the pro category of the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 received prize money as follows: 1st place: US$ 3000, 2nd place: US$ 2000, 3rd place: US$ 1250, 4th place: US$ 750 and 5th place: US$ 500.