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Luxford, Appleton win Geelong 70.3

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/02/2017 Roger Vaughan

Australian triathlete Annabel Luxford has won her third-straight domestic 70.3 race with a dominating performance in Geelong.

Compatriot Sam Appleton won the men's race on Sunday in cold and windy conditions.

Luxford ended last year by winning the Western Sydney and Ballarat 70.3, or half-Ironman distance races.

She led by nine minutes after the 1.9km swim and 90km cycle and was untroubled on the 21.1km run to win in four hours 21 minutes 20 seconds.

Luxford showed she is in good form a fortnight out from Ironman New Zealand.

She aims to qualify for this year's Hawaiian Ironman world championships, as well as the 70.3 worlds.

"I felt pretty good on the bike despite the weather, so it was nice to get a gap with some girls who could run pretty fast behind me," she said.

"I felt comfortable running and didn't have to go to the well today.

"I often have mixed results in my first race of the season so it was nice to get a win."

Chilean star Barbara Riveros had a storming 1:21 run to take second, a minute ahead of Australian Sarah Crowley.

Appleton and Josh Amberger had a five-minute lead off the bike.

Appleton dropped Amberger midway through the run and won in 3:49:41, beating Amberger by 48 seconds.

Fellow Australian Dan Wilson moved through the field on the run to take third place, a minute 20 seconds behind Amberger.

Appleton, who also is aiming for the 70.3 worlds in Chattanooga, was unimpressed with the cold front that hit Geelong.

"It was freezing - I came from my base in Colorado where it was snowing it was 23 degrees there today, so warmer than here," he said.

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