2013 Ironman Melbourne results

The weather conditions surely a big impact on the final 2013 Ironman Melbourne results on Sunday March 24 during the Asia Pacific Championships. Exactly how big, it’s hard to judge, but it certainly changed the dynamics of the race.

I suppose in the final analysis, the shortened swim played a bit into the hands of the slower pro swimmers who had a better opportunity to stay closer to the front of the pack on the bike course. On the other hand, super-fast swimmers like Amanda Stevens and many of the male Australian pros were not able to use their superior swim talents to create a gap as they began the bike leg.

2013 Ironman Melbourne results

The pro men are off into the surging water. Image by Ironman Live


The main problem in Melbourne on Sunday was the wind and for the sake of safety the one-loop 2.4-mile swim became a two-loop swim and then was finally changed again to a one-loop 1.9km swim because of windy conditions.

What a great race it was in 2012 with Craig Alexander and Caroline Steffen coming out on top and here is a look back if you would like to see how it played out. 2012 IRONMAN MELBOURNE RESULTS.

RACE DAY 2013

Nobody really knew what to expect as the first pros began to emerge from the water. Coverage was spotty at best as it was too difficult for timing officials to keep track of who was leading.

TOP TEN MALE SWIM RESULTS(one-loop)

FETTELL, Clayton...............00:19:32
LAMPE, Joseph..................00:19:34
BELL, Luke.....................00:20:16
MUNRO, Casey...................00:20:29
LLANOS, Eneko..................00:20:30
ALEXANDER, Craig...............00:20:33
SYLVAIN, Sudrie................00:20:34
JURKIEWICZ, Jeremy.............00:20:34
CSOKE, Balazs..................00:20:35
LEGH, Christopher.............00:21:36

If you look at the pro men swim results it becomes obvious that the superior swimmers like Fettell, Lampe, and Bell were not able to create a very large gap over the rest of the top pros and this is an indication of how the abbreviated swim changed the complexion of 2013 Ironman Melbourne results from the very beginning. Who knows how the race would have unfolded under ideal swimming conditions.

TOP TEN FEMALE SWIM RESULTS(one-loop)

STEVENS, Amanda................00:21:53
KESSLER, Meredith..............00:21:54
MARANGON, Lisa.................00:23:34
HOOGLAND, Tenille..............00:23:41
LESTER, Carrie.................00:24:21
STEFFEN, Caroline..............00:24:34
GRIESBAUER, Dede...............00:24:47
WEE, Bree......................00:24:47
SCOTT, Jodie...................00:24:59
CRAWFORD, Gina.................00:25:15

Amanda Stevens and Meredith Kessler showed their superior swim talents with their 1.9km swim results in Melbourne. Despite the conditions they still managed to create a gap of almost two minutes over third place. Who knows, on a perfect day they may have gone into the bike with a lead of five minutes.

In the bike portion of the race, all the major players stayed near the front of the pack in at least in the first half of the course. For the pro men there was only two minutes separating the top ten at the 90km mark. As a matter of fact, only seven seconds separated the top six. Luke Bell, Christopher Leigh, Marino Vanhoenacker, Craig Alexander, Tyler Butterfield, Craig Alexander, and Tim Reed were all at the front.

The most noticeable absentee from the lead pack was Cameron Brown who was over five minutes back.

As for the pro women, they were more spread out at the 90km mark, but there were several riding in the lead group who were serious challengers for the win. Natascha Badmann, Yvonne Van Vkerken, Meridith Kessler, and Caroline Steffen were leading the way. Amanda Stevens had given up her lead lead from the swim plus another two minutes.

It this point it seemed pretty certain that the winner of Ironman Melbourne 2013 for the pro women would be one of the four women in the lead pack because of their running ability. The edge as far as the 26.2km run among those top four women would probably have to be given to Meredith Kessler and Caroline Steffen.

But it was about here that the wind once again became a huge factor as it bashed the triathletes head on and slowed them to a crawl. In many ways the race began to set up for someone who was conserving their energy on the bike, but time would tell. The best pro triathletes in the world can be humbled by an unrelenting head-wind.

The riders had a tail-wind for the final 45km leg home to the bike/run transition and it was Marino Vanhoenacker who had a lead of over three minutes on Craig Alexander who was riding in second. It was at about this point that Luke Bell and Tim Van Berkel decided to pull out of the race.

In the race for top spot among the pro women it was Corinne Abraham taking over the lead on the bike course from Natascha Badmann. Meredith Kessler, Yvonne Van Vlerken, and Caroline Steffen were all within a few minutes of the leader.

Abraham had never won a race at this point in her pro career, but had third place finishes in Germany and Austria in 2012. She had also run right around three hours for the Ironman marathon so it was shaping up to be quite a 42k run for the pro men and women and a great battle for the top of the 2013 Ironman Melbourne results.

THE MARATHON

Vanhoenacker took a five minute lead over Craig Alexander onto the run course.

2013 Ironman Melbourne results

Corrine Abraham surged to the front on the bike course and took a big lead into the marathon.


This could be a chance at redemption for Marino. In Ironman Hawaii 2012 he had a 7-minute lead over Peter Jacobs at the 5-mile mark of the run and it looked like the biggest endurance race in the world was his to win. However, he did not even finish in the top ten of that race.

Be sure and have a look at the IRONMAN HAWAII RESULTS 2012.

Corrine Abraham reached the bike/run transition a full five minutes ahead of Natascha Badmann. Meredith Kessler and Caroline Steffen were into transition right behind Badmann.

Eneko Llanos pulled away from Craig Alexander to solidify second place and set out to try and run down Vanhoenacker and caught him in late in the race and is the 2013 Ironman Melbourne Asia Pacific champion.

Craig Alexander took the final spot on the podium.

Finish times are of little consequence because the swim distance was cut in half because of extremely windy conditions at the start of the race.

However, they will give you some idea of the times separating the top finishers.

2013 Ironman Melbourne results

2013 Ironman Melbourne Asia Pacific champion Eneko Llanos. Image by Ironman live.


It should also be noted that Eneko Llanos ran a 2:43:35 marathon split.

TOP PRO MEN

Swim shortened to 1.9k

Eneko LLANOS..................07:36:07
Marino VANHOENACKER...........07:38:58
Craig ALEXANDER...............07:39:36
RAPP, Jordan..................07:50:54
LEGH, Christopher.............07:52:29
BITTNER, Per..................07:58:28
JOHNSEN, Jimmy................07:59:37
JURKIEWICZ, Jeremy............08:00:50
VABROUSEK, Petr...............08:01:09
BUTTERFIELD, Tyler............08:02:06
LOWE, Thomas..................08:02:15

The race is still in progress and Corrine Abraham of Great Britain was well in front for the pro women heading into the last third of the marathon. What an amazing run by Corrine. At 38k she was 14:30 ahead of second place woman. It just so happened it was Yvonne Van Vkerken and Caroline Steffen she was out-running.

It should also be noted that Corrine had a bike time of 4:42:09, which is one of the fastest bike times in Ironman history on a day that saw many of the pros standing up on their pedals on the flats to bash their way through furious headwinds. Then she followed it up with a 2:56:50 marathon.

Remarkable.

I wonder if Corrine from Great Britain has done any mountain biking through Nepal………just asking.

TOP PRO WOMEN

Swim shortened to 1.9k

Corrine Abraham..............08:10:56
VAN VLERKEN, Yvonne..........08:26:40
STEFFEN, Caroline............08:31:22
BADMANN, Natscha.............08:34:37
CRAWFORD, Gina...............08:37:23
STEVENS, Amanda..............08:39:39
CLEAVER, Anna................08:40:45
LESTER, Carrie...............08:41:22
PIAMPIANO, Sarah.............08:44:52
MARTIN, Britta...............08:45:50

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