Cunnama Snatches It As Dibens Dominates Rev3 Quassy

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published June 6, 2011

Two very different races unfolded at the Rev3 Quassy, with James Cunnama taking a narrow victory from Terenzo Bozzone in the men’s race, and Julie Dibens dominating the women’s field – and with it Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae.

The Men’s Race
The men’s race started out with American John Kenny completing the 1.2-mile swim in a time of 22:56. American Matt Reed, the winner of this race in 2009, led a large chase pack including Andrew Starykowicz (USA), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Paul Matthews (AUS) and Richie Cunningham (AUS). As the large group headed onto the hilly 56-mile bike course, Starykowicz pushed the pace and found the lead early on. Despite not being in the main swim group, James Cunnama (RSA), Dan Hugo (RSA) and Joe Gambles (AUS) worked hard on the bike, passing several top contenders to make up the main chase group behind Starykowicz.

Starykowicz posted a field-leading bike time of 2:14:42 to start the run in first position. Cunnama was the next man onto the run course less than a minute later. It was obvious early on in the half marathon that a fast-running Cunnama would be the man to beat. Only Gambles and Bozzone had the firepower necessary to keep pace with the South African. Cunnama barely held on for the 3:59:17 victory. Bozzone sprinted in for second just 12 seconds later. Gambles earned the final podium spot in 3:59:48.

The Women’s Race
Great Britain’s Liz Blatchford led the efforts for the women in the swim, emerging from the water in a time of 26:03. Fellow Brit Julie Dibens was next into T1 in 26:34, with American Mary Beth Ellis taking the third position. Proving that the swim is no longer a weakness for her, two-time defending champion Carfrae was the fourth women to finish the swim. As is almost always the case in any race she enters, Dibens found her way to the front in the early miles of the bike. By mile 42 Dibens had established a lead of 4:40 over American Malaika Homo, and a 5:12 lead over Carfrae and American Jessica Meyers.

By the end of the 56-mile ride Dibens’ closest competitor was Carfrae. Once again, the women’s race would come down to whether or not Dibens could manage enough running strength to hold off one of the fastest runners in the sport in Carfrae. Dibens’ half marathon effort was more than enough to earn the victory. She crossed the finish line in 4:23:37. Despite running a faster half marathon than a year ago, Carfrae was forced to settle for second at 4:26:24. Canada’s Angela Naeth finished third.

Revolution3 Quassy Triathlon

Top 5 Men
1. James Cunnama (RSA) 3:59:17
2. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:59:29
3. Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:59:48
4. Paul Matthews (AUS) 4:00:38
5. Matt Reed (USA) 4:01:19

Top 5 Women
1. Julie Dibens (GBR) 4:23:37
2. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:26:24
3. Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:30:52
4. Liz Blatchford (GBR) 4:32:11
5. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:34:16

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.