Canadian Pro triathlete and Argonaut Jeff Symonds finished second at Ironman Chattanooga after a fast, rolling course, on Sunday.
The course included a fast, down-current 3.8-km swim in the Tennessee River, a 186-km bike course heading south of town, and a 42.2-km run course back in downtown Chattanooga. Despite the heat and humidity, and the extra 6 km on the bike, it was a fast and hard race.
Symonds managed to stay in the top-10 during most of the swim and bike portions of the race. Once on his feet, Jeff chased Marino Vanhoenacker and put in some fast opening half marathon to try and dig into the leader’s lead, rising to the top halfway, running 1:22 through the 21 km. He even out ran Vanhoenaker, clocking a total run of 2:50:13 on a day where only three runners broke three hours.
Marino Vanhoenacker finally crossed the finish line with a seven-minute advance over Jeff Symonds, who claimed a second place finish with a time of 8:19:27.
Symonds, who unfortunately didn’t qualify for this year’s World Championship, will be set up well with some early momentum heading into 2017, as the Chattanooga event offers 40 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship.
About Jeff Symonds
Young, talented and determined, Jeff “Diamonds” Symonds is a professional triathlete who shines on the world stage. Growing up in Penticton, British Columbia, homeland of Triathlon Canada, Symonds knew that he’d found his calling in 2011 when he reached the podium (3rd) at the IRONMAN™ 70.3 World Championship. This finish made the athlete the first Canadian and only the second man in his twenties—the first being Terenzo Bozzone—to reach the podium at this championship.
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