Chris McCormack and his Thanyapura Triathlon Training Partners Dominate in Japan.
Thanyapura’s Triathlon training group swept the podium at the 70.3 Ironman Japan in Tokoname on Sunday – with Chris “Macca” McCormack, Fredrik Croneborg and Michael Murphy taking first, second and third-place honours after a spectacular breakaway from the rest of the field and a gripping sprint finish.
Two-times Ironman world champ McCormack is the Executive Chairman of Thanyapura Phuket, while Sweden’s Croneborg lives in Phuket and trains regularly at Thanyapura. Australian Murphy is Macca’s training partner.
All three athletes have been hard at work with Thanyapura’s triathlon training group in recent months, and the Tokoname result cements Thanyapura’s reputation as the home of the best triathlon training in Asia.
Croneborg was the first of the Thanyapaura Three in the swim stage and the second man out of the water, a minute after Japan’s Kuniaki Takahama and six seconds ahead of McCormack and Frenchman Jose Jeuland.
But the bike stage sorted out the pack and the 70.3 Japan turned into a three-man race as Murphy, Croneborg and Macca racked up almost a four minute lead on the nearest rivals.
In the final stages of the run, Macca and Croneborg pulled ahead of Murphy – and then battled out the last 400 metres in a dueling sprint that saw Macca cross the line just two seconds ahead, with a time of 04:02:41 to Croneborg’s 04:02:43.
Murphy came in just under 30 seconds later, at 04:03:12, and more than two-and-a-half minutes ahead of the first of the pack.
The Tokoname race was Macca’s second win in less than 2 weeks: in late May he won both the Sprint and Olympic Distance titles at the Bintan triathlon in Indonesia.
The result shows the incredible resilience of the 41-year old Australian – his time at Tokoname this year was a minute faster than his performance in the same race last year, where he defeated fellow Aussie Tim Berkel in another sprint finish. Macca’s next major races are the Challenge Atlantic City in the United States in June, and the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in Norway in early August.
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