Tim Don (GBR) posted a speedy 19:10 split in the point-to-point-swim in the Savannah River to start the day, which was good enough for a lead of just a few seconds on Nils Frommhold (DEU), Paul Matthews (AUS), Jordan Bryden (CAN), Richie Cunningham (AUS) and Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR).
Early on the bike, Don, Matthews and Frommhold established a lead pack and pulled away from the field. Max Kriat (UKR) found himself stuck in the middle as he was unable to catch the lead group, but was ahead of a group of four riders who were two minutes behind. At the conclusion of the 56-mile bike, Don dismounted alongside Matthews and Frommhold. Kriat racked his bike 38 seconds later, while the chase pack that included recent Ironman Canada champion, Trevor Wurtele (CAN), Cunningham and Zyemtsev made their way into transition two minutes behind.
No one could match Don’s torrid pace, though, as he immediately distanced himself from the field. Matthews faltered, while Zyemtsev managed to gain time on everyone in the field whose name wasn’t Tim Don.
In the end Don, the 2006 ITU World Champion, took the title in 3:44:50 thanks to a race-best 1:11:42 run. Zyemtsev had the second fastest run of the day to finish second (3:47:36), while Frommhold was rewarded with a podium finish (3:47:53).
For the women, a 20:42 swim time by Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) allowed her to lead out of the river, a few seconds ahead of Svetlana Blazevic (SER). Miranda Tomenson (CAN) and recently crowned IRONMAN 70.3 world champion, Hauschildt, were just 16 and 21 seconds behind, though.
On the bike Hauschildt quickly moved to the front and pedaled away from the field. Into T2 she was six minutes ahead of Lidbury, her closest rival off the bike.
Hauschildt continued to control the race as on the run through her usual race-best run split – which got her to the line in 4:03:27, 11:53 ahead of second-place finisher Ruth Brennan Morrey. Lidbury rounded off the podium in 4:17:45. Other than a runner-up finish in Cozumel last weekend, Hauschildt has won every half-distance race she’s finished (she crashed in Auckland in January) in 2013.