Whangarei-based Olympian Sam Warriner has won the Ironman 70.3 in New Orleans, “thanks to [an] impressive half-marathon performance in the heat”. Despite coming off of the bike in fifth position, Warriner handled the early afternoon heat the best of all the women, running into first. She claimed with a half-marathon time of 1:21:35 and an overall time of 4:16:44. It was her first win since suffering a broken wrist in the Takapuna sprint triathlon in February. “I’ve got some really exciting races coming up against some exciting competition,” Warriner said. “There are also a lot of races out there that excite me; St Croix, Wildflower, Rev 3 to name just a few— I’m loving being based in the States and being so central to all these iconic events.” In the men’s race, compatriot Terenzo Bozzone came in second at 3:47:17.