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Paul Amey, Rachel Joyce win IM Texas
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 20th May 2013


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There was double British success at Ironman Texas on Saturday, as British Ironman record holder Paul Amey, who turns 40 this year, won his first Ironman race while Rachel Joyce won her second (and third over the distance), to add to previous victories at Ironman Lanzarote 2011 and Challenge Roth 2012. In the process Joyce record a swift 8:49:14 - good enough for eighth overall - her third time under the nine-hour barrier, making her the eighth female to achieve that feat.

The Joyce win came in some style too and what was a very hot day too. Fastest swim, in the company of Amy Marsh started the day and to that she added a 4:42:29 bike split, a exceptional ride if you consider that men's winner Amey rode 4:29:07. Amy Marsh tried gamely to go with Joyce and she too put together an impressive 4:48:56 to give up just over six minutes. The results of those efforts was very different however, as Joyce ran strongly (3:07:27) while Marsh took almost exactly an hour longer, which resulted in her dropping to fifth in the process as the Joyce lead mushroomed to over 35 minutes and a new course record. The next big target for Rachel is to defend her Challenge Roth title where she will face Caroline Steffen, Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave and a very impressive female Pro start list.

With over 20 years in the sport, Amey has twice made the Ironman podium with second places at Ironman France (2012) and his British record setting Ironman Arizona performance in 2011- but he can now call himself an Ironman Champion. Congratulations Paul.

It was a strong effort too, as a 54:54 swim to start the day wasn't his finest effort, leaving him over five minutes in arrears on the early leaders and well back on Challenge Roth winner James Cunnama (50:17 - very impressive James!) and our pre-race pick Jan Raphael (GER). He pulled himself pack into contention with the 4:29:07 bike split before sealing the deal with a 2:56:18 run. That was the only 'sub-three' of the race which shows something about the tough conditions, but it was needed as he still had to run his way through to the lead after reaching T2 three minutes back, with the fast running Cunnama ahead.

A hard earned win from Amey, and a performance from Rachel Joyce which will - or certainly should - have her competitors thinking very hard about her chances of victory in Kona this year.

Ironman Texas, Saturday 18th May 2013

Pos Men Women
1st Paul Amey (GBR) 8:25:06 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 8:49:14
2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 8:27:35 Jennie Hansen (USA) 9:25:35
3rd Ian Mikelson (USA) 8:30:06 Kimberley Schwabenbauer (USA) 9:33:01
4th Justin Daerr (USA) 8:30:35 Ashley Clifford (USA) 9:36:51
th Swen Sundberg (GER) 8:37:30 Christine Anderson (USA) 9:44:51

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