With the heat and humidity beating down on the field Sunday, August 23, 2009 in Gilford, NH, TYR-sponsored Andy Potts and Chrissie Wellington retained their championship titles at Ironman 70.3 Timberman, while rising star Magali Tisseyre finished in a strong third.

Timberman Ironman 70.3

On the women’s side of the swim, Dede Griesbauer came out on top of field in the as expected, with Wellington and Tisseyre close behind.

For Wellington, the bike portion proved her dominance over the field- splitting 2:19:59 to pass Griesbauer. Her time not only bested the second women on the course by five minutes, but fell amongst the top 10 men’s bike splits. Tisseyre positioned herself third entering the run, with Catriona Morrison just ahead.

“I hopped onto the bike feeling good,” said Wellington on her impressive bike. “The women’s pro field was really strong and I knew I had to post a really fast bike split to hold off the charge of some of the faster runners. I really attacked the bike, rode the hills as hard as I could and made sure I kept my concentration throughout.”

Wellington used the scenic 13.1 mile run to maintain her lead, splitting 1:24:37. With the split, she charged into the finish and was crowned a champion yet at the course in 4:15:11. Morrison finished second (4:17:07), and Tisseyre was able to finish strong at 4:23:24 to round out the podium.

Using the race as another step towards her big race at the Ironman World Championships in six weeks, Wellington feels excitement to defend yet another title at the race in Hawaii.

“I look at the good and the bad and will take a lot of confidence and lessons into Kona, she said. “I cannot wait to get to the big island and defend my title there. It won’t be easy but I really look forward to the challenge.”

To follow the results of Potts, Wellington, and Tisseyre, as well as the rest of TYR’s professional triathletes as they look to finish their 2009 season strong, visit the News/Events section at TYR.com.