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Wurtele’s streak continues

With her seventh-place showing in Chattanooga, Heather Wurtele has still never finished outside the Top 10 at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

After coming out of the water in 15th position, Heather unleashed one of her trademark P5X rides to move into fourth at T2 as she pushed to make the podium for a fourth consecutive year. But it was not to be: Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf extended her lead over the half-marathon, with Heather settling for seventh in a time of 4:25:39.

“I am proud of how I raced,” she told Triathlon Magazine Canada. “I swam hard, biked hard to catch that lead group — Daniela was in her own postal code today — but I caught the group and tried to make a move to break it up. It didn’t quite work, but hey, I gave it all I had.”

Heather and her partner Trevor — who came 27th in Chattanooga — are now heading back to the Challenge Series to tackle Challenge Sardinia and Mallorca as they push to capture the Challenge European Points Series.

Tyler Butterfield had a similarly speedy race on his Cervélo P5. He surged to the front of the chase pack with a strong 2:10:40 bike split, but fell back during the run to finish in seventh place in 3:56:20. “Fun and hard day yesterday trying to mix it up with the best at 70.3 Worlds,” Butterfield later tweeted. “But always expected to be hard at a World Championships. Walked away with 7th place and my best place to date by 1 spot. Had to fight for it too, so have to be happy with the day.”