South African Pro triathlete and Argonaut Matt Trautman won IRONMAN 70.3 Durban on Sunday, June 19, 2016. This is Matt’s 5th win of the season.
Matt stepped out of the water 3:09 behind home country competitor Clinton Gravett. But he came back strong on the bike.
Record Bike Split
After 35km of the bike leg, Trautman led Clinton Gravett by 21 seconds, Suart Marais by 1:53, Freddy Lampret by 4:01, and James Cunnama by 5:38. At 50km, Matt took the lead and opened a gap of 1:16 on Gravett.
By the finish of the bike leg, Matt’s race-best 2:06:03 split gave him a 4:45 lead on Marais (2:10:27 bike split), 9:21 on Cunnama (2:11:02 split), 10:41 on Lampret (2:16:31), and 10:50 on Gravett (2:19:58).
Halfway through the half-marathon run, Matt maintained a 4:34 lead on Marais and increased his margins on Cunnama (+11:09), Lampret (+12:38) and Travis Johnston (+12:27).
In the end, Matt finished in 3:53:36, a new course record, and a stellar performance!
About Matt Trautman
If there is a clear path leading to IRONMAN glory, Matthew Trautman hasn’t followed it. Coming from the world of competition in canoeing and kayaking, Trautman has made the leap to triathlon in 2013, when he finished 20th overall and first in his age group at the IRONMAN South Africa. The same year, he placed 2nd in his age group at the Kona World Championships with a time of 8:49:12 (30th overall).
His goal? Being on the podium with the pros by 2018. With Argon 18 at his side, let’s bet he will get to the top.