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Fast facts from Ironman Florida
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 4th November 2013


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Saturday's Ironman Florida proved to be a record breaking one in many regards, with the top three men breaking eight hours and the top three women nine hours - with plenty more of interest too.

Having just updated out Iron Stats library, here is a look at some of the key stats that come out from these results which includes a British athlete making a significant move up the all-time British iron-distance rankings table.

Overall Results - Ironman Florida, Sat 2nd November 2013

Pos Men Women
1st Victor Del Corral (ESP) 7:53:12 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 8:43:07
2nd Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 7:55:22 Ashley Clifford (USA) 8:49:03
3rd Filip Ospaly (CZE) 7:58:44 Erica Csomor (HUN) 8:56:41
4th Daniel Fontana (ITA) 8:05:48 Simone Braendli (SUI) 9:00:40
5th Pedro Gomes (POR) 8:08:34 Mareen Hufe (GER) 9:03:15
6th Kiril Kostegarov (EST) 8:09:03 Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 9:04:38
7th Pontus Lindberg (SWE) 8:11:45 Amber Ferreira (USA) 9:07:36
8th Dorian Wagner (GER) 8:12:46 Beate Goertz (GER) 9:09:24
9th Justin Daerr (USA) 8:13:35 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 9:11:26
10th Joe Skipper (GBR) 8:17:27 Christine Anderson (USA) 9:15:14

Men's Highlights (See 'Sub-8' for more)

  • Andrew Starykowicz set a new bike course record for an Ironman (or any iron-distance) race. His bike time on Saturday was 4:02:17, improving on his 2012 split at the same event, where he recorded the previous best of 4:04:39 by two minutes and 22 seconds. Prior to Andrew's race at Florida last year, the previous fastest bike split of record was the 4:11:43 of Andreas Raelert, en-route to his world best iron-distance time of 7:41:33 at Challenge Roth 2011.
  • All three podium finishers in the men's race finished under eight hours. The only time this has ever happened previously was in 1997 when the long-standing Ironman world record of Luc Van Lierde was set at Ironman Europe (Roth) in 1997. On that day, four athletes broke the eight hour mark - which meant that Thomas Hellriegel (7:57:21) didn't even make the podium.
  • All three podium finishers join the 'Sub-8' club listing for the first time. Welcome to Victor Del Corral (#21), Andrew Starykowicz (#22) and Filip Ospaly (#23) on that list.
  • The 'Sub-8' club listing now includes 23 athletes and 33 Sub-8 finishes.
  • Following Ironman Florida, 2013 has seen six sub-eight iron-distance times. That equals the most ever in a calendar year (2011), with - potentially - a couple more opportunities reaming in 2013 for those six to be added to.
  • The 7:53:12 winning time of Victor Del Corral is the ninth fastest iron-distance finishing time ever.
  • Victor Del Corral is the eighth fastest iron-distance athlete ever.
  • The 7:55:22 second place time of Andrew Starykowicz is the eleventh fastest iron-distance finishing time ever.
  • Andrew Starykowicz is now the tenth fastest iron-distance athlete ever.
  • The was the first time a U.S. male athlete has broken eight hours for iron-distance.
  • Victor Del Corral closed his race with an exceptional 2:37:29 marathon. That's one of, but not the fastest ever recorded in an Ironman. Earlier this season Bart Aernouts clocked 2:37:01 at Ironman France, while even allowing for the (generally accepted as short...) 2:35:21 of Peter Reid at the inaugural Ironman Austria (1999), Luc Van Lierde recorded 2:36:49 at that 1997 Ironman Europe while Gerrit Schellens (BEL) recorded 2:37:01, 2:37:10 and 2:37:27 at the Almere iron-distance race between 2003 and 2005.
  • The top three finishers all broke the course record of Ronnie Schildknecht (2011) - which at the time was the first Sub-8 on North American soil.
  • The 7:58:44 of Filip Ospaly represents (I think...?) the fastet iron-distance debut ever, surpassing the 7:59:06 of Sebastian Kienle at Challenge Roth 2010.

Women's Highlights (See 'Sub-9' for more)

  • Yvonne Van Vlerken set a personal best of 8:43:07 to win Ironman Florida 2013 - just three weeks after finishing fourth in Kona.
  • Like the men's race (Sub-8), all of the female podium finishers went 'Sub-9'. That had never happened previously at races other than Roth and Ironman Austria (Klagenfurt).
  • Ironman Florida was Yvonne's sixth Sub-9 hour iron-distance finish. Only Chrissie Wellington (nine) has more. It was also her second this year, the other being Challenge Roth.
  • Ironman Florida was Erika Csomor's fifth Sub-9 hour iron-distance finish. That ties her for third place (with Rebekah Keat) on the 'most Sub-9s' list. It was also her second this year, having won at Ironman Austria in 8:59:31
  • Yvonne Van Vlerken's bike split (4:35:49) was just 20 seconds short of the best Ironman split of Caroline Steffen from Ironman Melbourne 2012.
  • Ashley Clifford (second, 8:49:03) becomes the 37th member of the ladies Sub-9 iron-distance club.
  • The 'Sub-9' club listing now includes 37 athletes and 84 Sub-9 finishes.
  • There have been 17 Sub-9 female iron-distance finishes in 2013 - that is a record, the previous best has been 15 in 2011.

British Highlights (See Fastest British Iron Men for more)

  • Joe Skipper improved his iron-distance PB from 8:23:43 (Challenge Barcelona 2012) to 8:17:27.
  • That represents the 12th fastest British iron-distance performance on record.
  • Joe is now listed as the seventh fastest iron-distance Brit ever, having previously been #11.
  • In moving from 11th to seventh, Joe also moved past Chrissie Wellington in the all-time British 'fastest' rankings...
  • Joe's bike STRAVA profile
  • Joe's run STRAVA profile

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