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Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Australian triathletes Jamie Huggett and Luke Bell have shared second place in a dramatic end to the inaugural 70.

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While German Michael Raelert was a clear winner of the half-Ironman distance race, the event director had to make a ruling on who finished next.

Also on Sunday, much-admired triathlete Belinda Granger raced for the last time in Australia at Challenge Shepparton over the same half-Ironman distance.

She finished fourth as fellow Australians Josh Amberger and Annabel Luxford took the titles.

In Ballarat, it initially looked like a clear-cut case of Huggett posting the second-fastest run leg and overcoming a deficit of more than five minutes to take second from Bell.

But it then emerged that Bell was sent the wrong way during the run.

When an analysis of the race data showed Huggett and Bell would probably have had a sprint finish, the decision was taken to make second place a dead heat.

A week after dominating the Mandurah 70.3 race, Raelert was again in a class of his own and won the 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km triathlon in three hours 48 minutes 33 seconds.

Huggett and Bell were given a finishing time of 3:57:33.

Canadian Melanie McQuaid had to miss Mandurah because of a chest infection, but she bounced back on Sunday to win in 4:19:40 – more than seven minutes up on Australian Madeleine Oldfield.

Poor weather made conditions tough at Ballarat and Shepparton.

Amberger overcame the wet roads to win Shepparton in 3:45:16, three minutes up on dual Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt.

Luxford dominated the women’s race in 4:18:04, finishing more than eight minutes ahead of Kahlefeldt’s Czech partner Radka Vodickova.

Australian Michelle Wu was next and then Granger, 43, closed out her last local race before retirement with a 4:33:58 finish.

Granger is one of Australian triathlon’s most respected and popular figures.

Apart from an impressive race resume that featured the 2005 Challenge Roth title and four top-10 Hawaiian Ironman finishes, Granger has done more than most to promote the sport.

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