Antony Costes of France and Australian Sarah Crowley take top honors in Ironman 70.3 Korea Results 2015
On Sunday October 4, 2015 a very competitive field of pros answered the starting gun to begin the 1.9km swim in Jiri-San Lake in the town of Gurye, Korea.
There were 2016 Kona Ranking Points and prize money up for grabs for the pros and 40 qualifying spots to the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships set to take place in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia for the top age-group finishers in each of the age categories.
The race featured pros from Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
There were two pros from North America entered in the race. Jordan Bryden of Canada and Brad Williams of the USA would be up against some very talented competition.
Bryden of Calgary, Canada is relatively new to the pro ranks but certainly one to watch out for in coming years as he has a solid background in ITU competition.
He began his pro career in 2014 and is set to commit to becoming competitive in the Ironman pro ranks and as it turns out, Ironman 70.3 Korea was a huge stepping stone in the right direction.
MALE PRO START LIST
GREEN, Tim AUS DEAK, Zsombor ROU OH, Young Hwan KOR DOROVSKIKH, Aleksandr RUS CHO, Kaon KOR DE KANEL, Rod FRA COSTES, Antony FRA BRYDEN, Jordan CAN SOWINSKI, Milosz POL KIBBY, Mitchell AUS MAINWARING, David AUS WILLIAMS, Brad USA NAUDE, Rudolf ZAF TOHARA, Kaito JPN
As the race got underway, it was Antony Costes of France leading the way out of the water for the pro men with a swim time of 24:41. However he wasn’t alone as four male pros came in under the 25 minute mark.
Three more were in under the 26 minute mark and from the very beginning it was shaping up to be an excellent race.
Costes pulled away from the rest of the field on the bike course and was six minutes faster than the nearest challenger.
Costes also put down a solid run and it was enough to earn him the victory by a fairly wide margin.
However the real race was taking place behind him as Milosz Sowinski of Poland and Jordan Bryden of Canada posted the top two run times and battled all the way to the finish line.
Bryden prevailed by 20 seconds and the difference in the race was the excellent 1:17:36 clocked by Bryden that turned out to be the fastest run of the day and earned him second place on the podium in the Ironman 70.3 Korea results 2015.
It was almost three minutes faster than the run time posted by the eventual winner of the race.
All indications are that Bryden has a real future as an Ironman pro and this might be a great time for sponsors to take note and back a winner.
MALE PRO FINISH TIMES
COSTES, Antony FRA 00:24:41 02:07:50 01:20:22 03:54:38 BRYDEN, Jordan CAN 00:25:24 02:15:10 01:17:36 04:00:15 SOWINSKI, Milosz POL 00:26:11 02:13:59 01:17:54 04:00:35 KIBBY, Mitchell AUS 00:25:37 02:15:12 01:18:42 04:01:32 MAINWARING, David AUS 00:25:49 02:15:11 01:20:59 04:04:12 WILLIAMS, Brad USA 00:28:56 02:13:51 01:20:34 04:05:31 NAUDE, Rudolf ZAF 00:24:46 02:16:25 01:22:41 04:05:57 TOHARA, Kaito JPN 00:26:39 02:19:07 01:19:52 04:07:44 GREEN, Tim AUS 00:24:49 02:15:50 01:25:55 04:09:18 DEAK, Zsombor ROU 00:30:04 02:20:02 01:20:37 04:12:57 OH, Young Hwan KOR 00:30:20 02:19:52 01:22:08 04:14:26 DOROVSKIKH, Aleksandr RUS 00:32:42 02:14:41 01:27:42 04:17:52 CHO, Kaon KOR 00:30:02 02:20:03 01:28:18 04:20:34 DE KANEL, Rod FRA 00:24:43 02:27:56 01:47:52 04:43:34
Sarah Crowley of Australia went into the race as the favorite and did not disappoint. The field for the pro women was not large, but it was competitive.
FEMALE PRO START LIST
GRANT, Julia NZL SAKAI, Emi JPN HWANG, Jiho KOR CROWLEY, Sarah AUS BUGDOL, Ewa POL DUFFIELD, Katy AUS
Sarah Crowley began the race with a swim time of 29:35 and it left her with three minutes to make up on Ewa Bugdol of Poland who finished the swim in an excellent time of 26:52.
It was after the 90km bike course where it seemed that Bugdol would have to much of a lead for anyone to overcome as she posted a time of 2:23:22 that was around five minutes faster than Crowley for a total lead of eight minutes as she began the run.
It’s never over in an Ironman race until the winner crosses the finish line as so much can happen on the Ironman or Ironman 70.3 run course no matter where in the world the race is taking place.
Sarah Crowley’s run time of 2:23:22 was the fastest of the day by ten minutes and it earned her top spot on the podium in the Ironman 70.3 Korea results 2015.