On Sunday June 1 pro and age-group athletes raced for top spot in the Ironman 70.3 Japan results 2014 as the 1.2-mile swim got underway in the Pacific Ocean near the Tokoname City precinct airport.
Only eleven pro athletes in total were entered in the race.
There were no less than four ironman 70.3 races taking place on the same weekend so there were plenty of choice available to the pros.
On the male side Chris McCormack and Frederick Cronenborg looked like the ones most likely to be vying for the top spot on the podium.
Keiko Tanaka pops up in quite a few Ironman races around the world and went into the race as the most experienced of the four female pro entries.
PRO MEN START LIST
Chris, McCormac Fredrik, CRONEBORG Jose, Jeuland MASUDA, DAIKI Michael, Murphy KAON, CHO TAKAHAMA, KUNIAKI TOHARA, KAITO
Kuniaki Takahama of Japan wasted no time getting to the front in the swim and was the first into transition one with a swim time of 26:25. This gave him a lead of one minute of Fredrik Croneborg of Sweden.
Chris McCormack of Australia and Jose Jeuland of France were both just six seconds behind Croneborg.
PRO MALE SWIM TIMES
TAKAHAMA, KUNIAKI 00:26:25 Fredrik, CRONEBORG 00:27:24 Chris, McCormack 00:27:30 Jose, Jeuland 00:27:30 TOHARA, KAITO 00:28:23 MASUDA, DAIKI 00:29:17 KAON, CHO 00:31:28
It was no surprise that the three fastest bike times were posted by Michael Murphy, Fredrid Croneborg, and Chris McCormack.
Basically it was a three man race as they separated themselves from the rest of the field.
There was little to choose between the three leaders and it would come down to who could manage to outlast the others on the run course.
It was Chris McCormack winning it over Fredrik Croneborg in a very close race and he is the Ironman 70.3 champion for 2014.
PRO MALE FINISH TIMES
Chris, McCormack 04:02:41 Fredrik, CRONEBORG 04:02:43 Michael, Murphy 04:03:12 Jose, Jeuland 04:05:56 MASUDA, DAIKI 04:08:43 TOHARA, KAITO 04:09:27 TAKAHAMA, KUNIAKI 04:10:59
PRO WOMEN START LIST
OBAYASHI, YORIKO Shiao-Yu, Li SHIGAKI, MEGUMI TANAKA, KEIKO
Keiko Tanaka of Japan come out of the water first by quite a wide margin for a 1.2-mile swim. Her swim time of 29:16 gave her a lead of almost two minutes over second place Yoriko Obayashi.
Tanaka continued to build on her lead on the bike course and by the time she left transition two her lead over second place Li Shiao-Yu was almost eight minutes.
Her experience really showed in this race and Keiko Tanaka is the winner of Ironman 70.3 Japan by a wide margin with a finish time of 4:29:54.
Here are the top finishers in each of the age-groups.
NATSUMI TAKAHASHI 05:18:21
HOSOKAWA, TAKAHIRO 04:31:27 WATARI, YUTA 04:41:02 KOBAYASHI, YUSUKE 04:51:54 SASAKI, SHUNSUKE 04:57:51 MIZUTANI, JUN 05:01:32
NISHIMURA, CHINO 04:39:15 HAISHIMA, AMI 04:51:34 Hila, Levy 06:16:42 UNO, YUKIKO 06:24:41 ETO, RIEKO 06:57:48
TOMITA, MASASHIGE 04:37:18 NAKADATE, JUNYA 04:43:11 YAMANAKA, SHUNSUKE 04:44:21 KATAYAMA, SOUTA 04:46:03 YASUDA, KAZUYUKI 04:46:23
IWAMATSU, YUKO 05:43:11 HIKITA, CHIYOE 06:27:35 AKIYAMA, KAORI 06:45:25 MOMOSE, FUMIKO 07:00:56 HIRAYAMA, NOBUKO 07:02:10
Rayanrd, Picard 04:28:08 MARYTA, SATOSHI 04:39:22 MIYAMURA, KAZUHIRO 04:42:40 YAHATA, MITSUYA 04:43:53 KUCHO, SHUNGO 04:47:38
ITO, NAOYO 05:21:41 NIWA, NAHOKO 05:35:08 YAMADA, YOSHIE 05:35:47 TOYODA, SHIORI 05:42:58 ARISAWA, AYUMI 05:47:40
Ripper, Jess 04:28:01 SHIMONO, YOSHIHIRO 04:35:58 WAKAYAMA, GENJIRO 04:40:43 HAGIWARA, GAKUTO 04:43:08 NAKAMURA, TOMOYUKI 04:44:24
AMAGATA, MIWA 05:16:04 YAMANAKA, TAKAKO 05:20:18 KITAYOSHI, MAI 05:42:23 KONDO, YUKO 05:52:25 HITOMI, CHIE 05:56:52
James, Middleditch 04:22:11 KAJIURA, YOSHIAKI 04:46:06 KAKAMU, MASATOSHI 04:46:50 KAWASAKI, KOICHI 04:50:21 Jamie, Roberts 04:50:30
HONDA, YUMIKO 05:25:22 SHIBATA, SAYURI 05:30:32 Elizabeth, Wickham 05:50:19 SOGA, KAZUE 05:55:01 KAWASAKI, MAKIE 06:15:31
Jo, Koster 04:39:33 IWAHARA, MASAFUMI 04:40:35 ITO, KENJI 04:44:58 IMAI, TATSUYA 04:45:33 TANAKA, AKIHIKO 04:47:59
KAWAKAMI, MASAKO 05:15:43 KANO, MIHO 05:39:06 KATO, YOKO 06:02:15 OKABAYASHI, SUGAKO 06:04:47 FUKUI, YUKIYO 06:16:30
ICHIKAWA, MAKOTO 04:47:40 YAMADA, YOSHITO 05:02:15 WATANABE, MIZUKI 05:08:31 YAMAKAWA, MASAYUKI 05:10:16 NISHINO, KATUHIKO 05:14:16
MIYA, YUKO 05:34:23 KISHIMOTO, HIROKO 06:07:57 KUSAMA, MIHOKO 06:14:49 HARIMA, NORIE 06:34:10 SASAKI, MASAKO 07:17:26 IWAMATSU, ATSUKO 07:19:58
SHIINA, KATSUYUKI 05:08:31 MAEDA, NORIYUKI 05:09:08 YAMAGUCHI, HIROSHI 05:15:52 MORI, TAKATOSHI 05:17:16 KODAIRA, YOSHITO 05:23:43
FUKUDA, YURIKO 05:54:04 OGAWA, YOSHIKO 06:07:31 MAKIMOTO, MIEKO 06:52:11 MUTOU, NAOMI 07:07:50 OKUMA, SHIHOKO 07:26:45 HIROTA, MIYO 07:38:42
YASUKAWA, TATSUROU 05:12:56 SUZUKI, NORIYUKI 05:13:29 YAMADA, NAONORI 05:18:48 SAITO, AKIRA 05:29:23 HARADA, EISUKE 05:30:58 FUKUDA, TOSHIHARU 05:33:16 KIDO, TSUTOMU 05:35:38 TANAKA, NOBUYUKI 05:36:25 NAKAMICHI, NORIO 05:36:44
KAYASAKI, AYAKO 07:05:32
HAYAKAWA, NORIYOSHI 05:48:01 MIKI, KEIICHI 05:54:27 IMOTO, KENICHI 05:54:30 KUSAMA, NAOKI 06:01:49 HAMAZAKI, ISAMU 06:05:51
INOURA, TETSUO 06:17:46 BITO, HIROFUMI 06:55:32 KOBAYASHI, TATUO 07:10:42 MITSUMASA, SATO 07:22:47 IIDA, KEIICHIRO 07:48:40
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