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IRONMAN 70.3: Win boosts Lidbury ahead of worlds
CRICKLADE’S Emma-Kate Lidbury warmed up for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in perfect fashion with victory at the Santa Barbara Triathlon.
In near-perfect conditions, the former Adver reporter smashed the course record set by former ironman world champion and Olympic silver medallist Michelle Jones.
Santa Monica-based Lidbury clocked 3:05:50 having completed the one-mile swim in 23:44, the 34-mile bike ride in 1:35.53 and the 10-mile run in 1:02.53.
That meant she placed seventh overall and saw off the challenge of the second woman home, Adrienne Hengels.
“I used the race as a tune-up for the World Champs in Vegas and am pleased to report everything felt good. I'm ready to rock,” said Lidbury.
“Santa Barbara is a truly stunning place to race - amazing beaches and great scenery - I will definitely have to return for a longer visit.”
Lidbury was due to make the trip to Las Vegas on Wednesday in order to begin her acclimitisation for the race, which takes place a week on Sunday.
She will be hoping to improve on the 13th-placed finish she achieved in the Nevada city last year having been dogged by mechanical woes on the bike phase of the race.
Eighth place was Lidbury’s highest-ever finish at the World Championships in 2011, while she was 10th in 2010 at Clearwater in Florida.
Swindon Tri Club coach Justin Robbins will also compete in Las Vegas as he has qualified in the 40-49 age group.
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