Ironman 70.3 Mandurah results 2012

On Sunday October 21 the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Mandurah took center stage in the world of WTC triathlons. In both the men and women divisions there were several pros who were capable of topping the Ironman 70.3 Mandurah results 2012.

It was expected that it would be very fast course and it was true to form.

This is what Paul Ambrose had to say in a pre-race interview.

On his race plan
You have to play to your strengths. With elite level like this everyone is giving it their all and just going out from the front. This race could favour more to the runners as it’s a bit flatter but you just don’t know how it’s going to unfold, you just can’t have any expectations.

On his season and racing in Mandurah
My season is finishing now, this is going to be my last race for the year. It has been a long year. Destination plays a big part, it’s always good to see new places like Mandurah as I haven’t been here before.
“I am very happy with my season, you can’t have an absolutely perfect season but I podium placed in all of my races and have had really good results all through my year. Consistence is the goal and I probably had one my best years yet this year.

PRO MEN

tentative

FETTELL, Clayton
AMBROSE, Paul
BAILEY, Matt
LEWIN, James
MUNRO, Casey
WILD, Ruedi
REED, Tim
CARTER, Brett
RIGBY, Alex
REITHMEIER, Alex
JOHNSEN, Jimmy
VAN BERKEL, Tim
FRANKISH, Monty
BOWSTEAD, James
WHITE, Matt
BORG, Johan
COTTER, Ben
GRANGER, Justin

PRO WOMEN

tentative

BLATCHFORD, Liz
LUXFORD, Annabel
VODICKOVA, Radka
MARANGON, Lisa
BAKER, Kat
GRANGER, Belinda
HAUSCHILDT, Melissa
CROWLEY, Sarah
FRANKS, Elly
HOSCHKE, Rebecca

RACE DAY

It was Clayton Fettell who led the way out of the water and for all the world looked like he was going to live up to his top billing as the one to beat.

He was still up near the front heading into the bike/run transition, but it was Tim Van Berkel who posted the fastest bike split of the day with a 2:00:56 and took charge of the race on the run course.

Tim Reed came charging at the end and his 01:15:00 run spit was the fastest of the day but his 03:41:45 finish time was not quite enough to over-take Van Berkel who held on to win the race with a sensational time of 03:39:59.

Ruedi Wild took the third spot on the podium with a finish time of 03:43:30.

Surprisingly, the two favorites, Paul Ambrose and Clayton Fettell finished sixth and seventh.

PRO MEN FINISH TIMES

VAN BERKEL, Tim   	03:39:59
REED, Tim	        03:41:45
WILD, Ruedi	        03:43:30
WHITE, Matt	        03:45:39
BOWSTEAD, James	        03:46:19
FETTELL, Clayton	03:47:30
AMBROSE, Paul   	03:48:27
JOHNSEN, Jimmy  	03:52:43
LEWIN, James    	03:53:23
BAILEY, Matt    	03:55:44

There were no real surprises in the race for top spot among the women and it was Melissa Hauschildt winning in a time of 04:03:55 to take the victory by 50 seconds over second place finisher and co-favorite Liz Blatchford.

Blatchford had almost a three minute lead over Hauschildt heading into the swim/bike transition but could not hold the eventual winner off.

Hauschildt had the fastest bike and run splits of the day and was in great form and was full value for her victory.

Radka Vodickova took the third and final podium spot.

PRO WOMEN FINISH TIMES

HAUSCHILDT, Melissa	04:03:55
BLATCHFORD, Liz  	04:04:45
VODICKOVA, Radka	04:08:59
CROWLEY, Sarah  	04:15:10
HOSCHKE, Rebecca	04:17:22
BAKER, Kat      	04:19:35
GRANGER, Belinda	04:21:10

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