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Weekend roundup: November 03-04
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Posted on: Sunday 4th November 2012

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Ironman Florida got off to a slightly foggy start but from the swim on the men's race was sewn up by Andrew Starykowicz who had a huge lead in off the bike and then kept up the momentum through the run to record his first Ironman win. Yvonne van Vlerken took a bit longer to hit her stride but once on the run she was on her way to setting a new course record and was barely troubled by Mirinda Carfrae (racing to get her 'validating' Ironman out of the way for early for Kona 2013), while early leader Meredith Kessler faded to fourth. Yvette Grice finished in ninth place. Full results are on the Ironman site HERE.

While the finish times in the men's podium are close, the real story from the race is the bike split of Andrew Starykowicz - 4:04:39 is, by a long margin, the fastest time ever recorded in an Ironman triathlon (excluding Relay teams). When setting the iron-distance world record, Andreas Raelert at Challenge Roth 2011, Raelert was timed at 4:11:43 on the way to a 7:41:33 finish. Of course, courses, conditions and (sadly) distances vary from race-to-race, but if you consider that Switzerland's Ronnie Schildknecht recorded the first sub-8 hour time in North America last year, at Ironman Florida, and did so with a 4:19:55 bike split, however you analyse it that looks to be an amazing ride from Starykowicz. It's a shame for all of us - athletes included - that courses don't come with the running event equivalent of race measurement certificates.

Pos Male Female
1 Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 8:06:17 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 8:51:35
2 Jan Raphael (GER) 8:08:49 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 9:05:03
3 Scott Defillipis (USA) 8:09:33 Ashley Clifford (USA) 9:07:34

Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) is having a belter of a late season - back to back wins at Miami last weekend and at the BMW Ironman 70.3 Taiwan this weekend with a travelling day lost in the middle. In the women's race the words of Belinda Granger (AUS) at the pre-race conference may have returned to haunt her as despite her massive experience she was soundly beaten by Keiko Tanaka (JPN) - one of the new young generation of Asian athletes that she had highlighted as being young enough to be her children! Jonathan Hotchkiss didn't race, despite our (incorrect!) preview that he was returing to an event he has previously won, but GB age groupers Iain Vietch (30-34) in 4:24:30 and Kate Rutherford (35-39) in 4:49:51 were the overall winners. Full results should appear on the Ironman website HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:54:18 Keiko Tanaka (JPN) 4:29:10
2 Daniil Sapunov (UKR) 4:02:15 Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:39:06
3 Michael Goehner (GER) 4:09:56 Li (Jenny) Shiao Yu (TWN) 4:44:30

The Noosa Triathlon celebrated its 30th birthday with wins by Peter Kerr and Ashleigh Gentle from a stacked field including current and former Ironman champions and multiple former winners. Great Britain's Liz Blatchford was third. Full results are on the Noosa website HERE.

It was hot and steamy in Putrajaya, Malaysia for Powerman Asia, where Belgium's Rob Woostenborghs continued his fine late season form and Radka Vodickova took the ladies win. We've got a full report from that one HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 2:52:29 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 3:19:23
2nd Andy Sutz (SUI) 2:53:29 Mirasol Cabelenio Abad (PHI) 3:23:37
3rd Maxim Kuzmin (RUS) 2:57:06 Jacqueline Uebelhart (SUI) 3:30:36
4th Anthony Le Duey (FRA) 3:00:12 Kristina Lapinova (SLV) 3:31:35
5th Esben Kaczmarek (DEN) 3:04:00 Jessica Jerz (AUT) 3:36:42

Looks like well over 2,100 souls enjoyed a devilishly good time (sorry, can't resist it...) at the Hell up North. As always with these mass participation cross country epics the results take a little bit of time to solidify so check out the official HellRunner website for the current version. If you fancy doing it all over again next weekend there are two whole days of muddy redemption down at Longmoor Camp - Saturday's souled out (groan...) but there are apparently still spaces for the Sunday version.


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