With less than 2 weeks before Kona, I didn’t expect to see anyone on that start list doing one final 70.3. However, Ukranian Maxim Kriat was looking for one more speedy test and his 2nd win at the Augusta 70.3 in the past three years. Now, he’ll divert his focus to recovery and capitalizing on that speed on the Big Island. Nich Waninger took 2nd and Patrick Evo, who narrowly missed qualifying for Kona, are both off to great starts in the KPR for 2013.
On the women’s side, Melissa Haushildt finally was able to show her form after a season plagued with injury. We will definitely see Hauschildt at Kona next year and she’ll surely be a threat to the top contenders. Emma-Kate Lidbury has shown great form this year, taking 2nd and 3rd place Tamara Kozulina will probably been working hard toward Kona qualification for next year after narrowly missing this year’s mark.