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Corinne Abraham wins Ironman Cozumel
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 30th November 2015

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Three Brits in the top five at Ironman Cozumel as Abraham take the title

The signs were there less than 54 minutes into the race. Switzerland's Celine Schaerer is one of the best swimmers in the sport, and she exited the point-to-point swim bordering Cozumel's coral reef in a swift 47:18, with 2012 Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave right with her. When Corinne Abraham, certainly more at home on the bike and run hit the shore in 53:49, that represented perhaps the best swim of her Ironman career to date. At Ironman Texas earlier this year, that gap between Cave and Abraham was ten minutes, reduced in Mexico to six and a half.

With a $100,000 prize fund - $20,000 to the winners - Ironman Cozumel had attracted a strong Pro field. As well as Cave and Abraham, Emma-Kate Lidbury was also adding to the British contingent, racing her second Ironman after finishing second at Ironman Mallorca in September. A strong swimmer herself, Lidbury was second only to Abraham on the bike and would earn a small lead of one minute over Leanda Cave and Heather Wurtele (CAN) at T2, with Abraham having made up time to reach the run in fourth position, just three minutes down and in close contention with Denmark's Camilla Pedersen.

With a third of the run completed, Cave had moved into the lead, with Lidbury, Abraham and Pedersen all separated by just 40 seconds just a few hundred metres further back, Wurtele dropping back slightly. By the middway point the Abraham charge had continued and taken her into first place, leaving Pedersen and Cave locked together in second/third but Lidbury now starting to feel the effect of her efforts.

Abraham would add the fastest run (3:07:38) to her fastest bike split (5:01:15) to cross the line seven minutes clear. The Cave / Pedersen battle for second place went all the way to the final stages, with Cave just managing to come out on top and take second place by just 39 seconds. Canadian Wurtele took fourth while fifth place for 'EK' will go a long way to giving her most of the valuable points she'll need to make it to her first Kona next year without having to over-race in 2016.


Havign finished fifth at Challenge Roth earlier this year, Germany's Stefan Schmid took his first Ironman title in Cozumel. After losing a little time to the pacesetters in the water, Schmid was soon up to speed on the bike and together with Sweden's Patrick Nillson they would pull away over the final lap of the bike leg to reach T2 with a five minute lead over defending champion Michael Weiss (AUT).

Nillson and Schmid would spend much of the first half marathon in close order, before Schmid managed to pull away as Nillson faded, soon to be a DNF. Matt Russell was by far the fastest on the run course, but even his 2:47:49 effort would not be enough to overcome his deficit at T2. Schmid held firm with a 2:53:44 for strong all-round performance to break the tape first.

Ironman Cozumel, Mexico - Sunday 29th November 2015
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km

Pos Men Women
1st Stefam Schmid (GER) 8:12:27 Corinne Abraham (GBR) 9:06:40
2nd Matt Russell (USA) 8:14:10 Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:13:29
3rd Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:24:24 Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 9:14:08
4th Barrett Brandon (USA) 8:35:11 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:21:52
5th Raul Tejada (GUA) 8:39:14 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 9:29:18

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