Kate Bevilaqua emerged from the swim in 55:08, 5:06 behind Team TBB’s Maki Nishiuchi and 3:26 behind Hillary Biscay of the USA. Bevilaqua, who DNF’d at Ironman Lanzarote, then took control on the challenging, hilly bike course with a race-best 5:04:49 split that outpaced Nichiuchi by 16:31 and Biscay by 25:28. Bevilaqua then sealed the deal with a women pro’s race-best 3:35:28 marathon that was 5:39 faster than Nishiuchi and 9:25 better than Biscay.
At the line, Bevilaqua’s 9:39:44 topped runner-up Nishiuchi by 16:44 while Biscay took the final spot on the podium in 10:12:20.
“Oh it was tough,” Bevilaqua told Ironman.com . “The swim was beautiful and I really enjoyed it as the fog lifted and the conditions were great. The wind picked up a bit on the bike and there were a few climbs out there so you had to take it steady. And then it was just survival on the run with the hills and heat and humidity. If you didn’t take something in at every aid station you were in trouble. I was just glad to finish.”