Will Clarke was forced to retire from today’s Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. After a tough swim that saw him missing the lead group and a few tactical mistakes on the bike (wrong choices at the right time), a nagging calf finally ended his race at the start of the run. Will had hoped for more in this prestigious race, but ultimately didn’t want to risk an aggravated injury for the Ironman 70.3 San Juan in two weeks. "Not my day in Oceanside. Rubbish swim, lack of concentration and decisiveness on the bike and ran 400m before my calf sized up and I called it a day. Disappointed for sure but to be fair when all is said and done think I'll take quite a bit from the experience other then a sunburn. Thanks to everyone that backs me and supports me. I'll try to salvage something in San Juan 2 weeks!," Will said afterwards.
Jan Frodeno (Germany) won the Ironman 70.3 Oceanside with a new course record of 03:49:25. Defending champion Andy Potts (VS; 03:52:18) finished second. World Champion half Ironman Sebastian Kienle (Duitsland; 03:53:21) came in third.
The pro women’s title went to Heather Wurtele (Canada; 04:13:12). Heather Jackson (US; 04:14:15) and Meredith Kessler (US; 04:19:52) completed the podium.