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Del Corral, Gajer win Ironman Arizona
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 18th November 2013


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Just two weeks ago at Ironman Florida, Spains Victor Del Corral powered to a 7:53:12 finishing time (the ninth fastest iron-distance time in history), finishing with a 2:37:29 marathon to take the win. At Sunday's Ironman Arizona, Victor was back - and he won again. It was to be another swift time too, the fleet footed Del Corral stopping the clock at 8:02:00, finished off with a race best marathon of 2:43:58 to overhaul long time leader Jordan Rapp to take a second Ironman win in two weeks. Seriously impressive.

The ladies continue to make 'Sub-9' look almost normal in 2013, with the top three finishers also breaking that barrier, making it 20 times this year alone that the nine hour mark has been beaten by female athletes in iron-distance racing. That's more than happened in the seventeen years between 1991 (when Thea Sybesma first achieved that mark), and 2007.

For much of the day it looked as though the swim leader (and it is rare that anyone gets a significant gap on Amanda Stevens in the water), Meredith Kessler would take the win, racing for the tenth time (every edition...) of Ironman Arizona. It would have been symmetrical too, having finished fourth, third and second over the past three years. Germany's Julia Gajer had other ideas however, and her 3:02:02 marathon proved enough to run down the pairing of Kessler and Michelle Vesterby (DEN) to take her first Ironman victory. It was also her fourth time under the nine hour mark, her previous three coming at Challenge Roth (2011/12/13).

Kessler and Vesterby will gain the consolation of being the 38th and 39th members respectively of the ladies 'Sub-Nine' iron distance club.

Ironman Arizona - Sunday 17th November 2013
2.4miles / 112 miles / 26.2 miles

Pos Men Women
1st Victor Del Corral (ESP) 8:02:00 Julia Gajer (GER) 8:52:49
2nd Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:06:13 Meredith Kessler (USA) 8:55:47
3rd Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN) 8:07:53 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 8:57:24
4th Denis Chevrot (FRA) 8:09:04 Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:05:57
5th Pedro Gomes (POR) 8:11:42 Asa Lundstrom (SWE) 9:12:20
6th Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 8:12:34 Eimear Mullan (IRL) 9:13:13
7th Marc Duelsen (GER) 8:14:29 Lisa Ribes (USA) 9:13:32
8th Christian Brader (GER) 8:18:44 Uli Bromme (USA) 9:15:00
9th Matthew Russell (USA) 8:19:10 Beth Shutt (USA) 9:15:38
10th Johan Ackermann (GER) 8:22:30 Ariane Monticeli (BRA) 9:21:53

Ritchie Nicholls finished 13th (8:25:49) in his debut Ironman, Nicholas Ward Muñoz 15th (8:28:21) in his first Ironman finish for a couple of years with the British born, Seychelles representative Nick Baldwin 16th in 8:29:57. Amy Forshaw was 23rd female Pro (10:01:18)


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