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Less than a half a minute seperates Lieto and Potts at finish of Ironman 70.3 Kansas

Posted Jun 06 2010 2:49pm

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"I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing," said a very tired Andy Potts after chasing Chris Lieto to a 24 second silver podium position at Ironman Kansas 70.3 today.

The two veteran triathletes battled it out all day with Potts claiming the early lead during the swim portion of the race only to lose it to Lieto on the bike.

But once Potts hit the half marathon portion of the day's race the chase was on.

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Potts made up over five minutes on the run as he chased down Lieto through the Midwestern heat and humidity.

But at the finish line it was Lieto in a time of 3:44:07 taking the win as Potts (who finished in 3:44:310) just ran out of road in his quest to catch Lieto.

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In the bronze podium position 21-year-old newly minted professional triathlete Andrew Yoder finished in a time of 3:49:46.

Australian Courtney Ogden, who was set to race Ironman Japan, came in fourth after a dropping into the race because the Ironman in Japan was canceled due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the southern islands of Japan. 

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