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Carfrae Third at New Orleans Ironman 70.3

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Orleans -- Felt-sponsored triathlete Mirinda Carfrae finished a strong third at the April 23 weather-shortened Oschner Ironman 70.3 in New Orleans. High winds cancelled the swim portion of the race, so Carfrae and the rest of the elite women’s field started with a 2-mile run.

Coming into T1 at the end of the opening run, Carfrae was part of a large lead group. On the 52-mile bike ride, American Sarah Piampiano gained a 1:55 gap over Heather Wurtele in second, with a large group including Carfrae more than 5 minutes back.

Carfrae, the 2010 Ironman World Champion from Australia, came into T2 on her Felt DA TT bike 7 minutes behind Piampiano and went to work reducing that deficit on the final 13.1-mile run. The 31-year-old put in a gutsy effort, passing several other competitors, including Amy Marsh in the final stretch, to grab the final podium spot.