The pro field in search of a top podium placing in the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico results 2014 may have been small but it featured one of the best cyclists in the sport as well as one of the best swimmers.
There were two big questions going into the race on Sunday April 13 in San Juan.
Would Andrew Starykowicz have a big enough lead after the 56-mile bike to fend off Andi Boecherer on the 13.1 mile run, and would Sofie Goos be able to cut into the lead Amanda Stevens was sure to have after the 1.2-mile swim?
PRO MEN START LIST
Starykowicz Andrew MPRO USA Boecherer Andi MPRO DEU Clarke Will MPRO GBR Collins Ben MPRO USA Kahn David MPRO USA Sepulveda San Martin Rodrigo MPRO CHL Dressel Nathan MPRO USA Moran CW MPRO USA Luft Mikolaj MPRO POL Baird Chris MPRO USA Zawaski Steven MPRO USA
Four of the pro men all came out of the 1.2-mile swim within seconds of each other and as expected the race took a drastic change on the 56-mile bike course.
There was nobody going to catch Andrew Starykowicz and when the dust settled, it was a lead of over five minutes.
It remained to be seen if Andi Boecherer or Will Clarke would be able to run him down as they were the nearest pursuers.
Anything is possible…
Earlier today in Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya 2014 in Malaysia Liz Blatchford had a lead of seven minutes after the 56-mile bike and Radka Vodickova outran her by eight minutes and won the race.
But nobody was catching Andrew on this day and his 13.1-mile run time of 1:22:51 was just enough to hold off Will Clarke who was charging.
Clarke’s blazing-fast run of 1:17:28 was not quite enough for the win and Andrew Starykowicz take top honors in the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico results 2014.
TOP EIGHT PRO MEN AT THE FINISH
Andrew Starykowicz 00:24:15 02:02:14 01:22:51 03:53:30 Will Clarke 00:24:20 02:08:42 01:17:28 03:54:28 Andi Boecherer 00:24:10 02:07:50 01:27:19 04:03:25 Ben Collins 00:24:13 02:11:00 01:25:48 04:05:16 Edgardo Velez 00:24:14 02:19:49 01:26:47 04:15:02 C.W. Moran 00:30:05 02:18:30 01:23:26 04:16:11 Mikolaj Luft 00:27:25 02:16:44 01:30:11 04:19:01
PRO WOMEN START LIST
Frederiksen Helle FPRO DNK Goos Sofie FPRO BEL Stevens Amanda FPRO USA Leiggi Heather FPRO USA Mighdoll Michelle FPRO USA
It was no surprise that Amanda Stevens came out of the water first. The real surprise was Helle Frederiksen being only two seconds behind her.
From there the race became a one-woman show as Frederiksen took charge on the 56-mile bike course and had a lead of over seven minutes on Sophie Goos who had moved into second place.
Helle Frederiksen went on to win the race easily with a winning time of 4:14:27.
TOP FOUR PRO WOMEN AT THE FINISH
Helle Frederiksen 00:24:38 02:18:49 01:26:34 04:14:27 Sofie Goos 00:29:10 02:25:26 01:27:39 04:26:50 Amanda Stevens 00:24:36 02:29:15 01:36:39 04:35:25 Heather Leiggi 00:29:18 02:31:35 01:38:59 04:45:11
Here are the top finishers in each of the age-groups.
Shi-Hua Chin 06:02:46
Xavier Santana 04:38:52 Agustin Quinones 05:13:50 Mike Ferreiro 05:24:01 JulianOtero-Gonzalez 05:27:15 PedroRafaelPou Alicea05:33:39
Morgane Riou 04:58:46 Brielle Dana 05:15:51 Ashley Stumpp 05:33:35 Amaryllis Cotto 05:42:46 Randi Shiromizu 06:00:42
Ramon Hernandez 04:28:34 Gabriel De Jesus 04:36:22 Julien Buffe 04:36:35 Miguel Olarte 04:37:33 Ernesto Fernandez 04:46:21
Pierina Luncio 04:55:23 Holly Geldhauser 04:56:23 Maria Florencia Fraga 04:57:26 Hannah Freeman 04:59:12 Jennifer Santoyo 05:13:28
Adam Kosmicki 04:10:26 Scott Bradley 04:25:42 Sylvain Pigeau 04:27:05 Trey Robinson 04:36:25 Andrew Lyle 04:39:03
Amanda Wendorff 04:48:53 Neilia Bliss 05:11:49 Mandy Lovett 05:28:50 Maria Guerrero 05:29:29 Vallee Ohayon 05:30:03
Cesar Valera 04:34:23 A.J. Petrillo 04:38:51 Jared Tootell 04:41:32 Javier Mendez 04:45:35 Leonardo Merce 04:45:54
Rebecca McKee 05:05:45 Marlies Kort 05:06:52 Christine Kachinsky 05:10:20 Robynne Parry 05:23:03 Maria Valdes 05:23:53
Christopher Thomas 04:13:17 C. Scott Chaney 04:33:31 Ben Lloyd 04:39:40 Carlos Reyes 04:49:51 Jason Garnier 04:59:43
Sheri Lerner 05:36:48 Jenny Villanueva 05:40:40 Milagros Martir 06:01:57 Carrie Larson 06:11:48 Isaura Duarte 06:19:06
Juan Gallo 05:00:47 Jorge A Acosta 05:03:56 Richard Wiscovitch 05:04:26 Ken Osmun 05:05:13 John Bye 05:09:07
Kendal Smith 05:56:10 Lisa Martin 06:14:17 Sara Sanz 06:25:56 Janette Dawson 06:48:34 Maria Bautista 06:53:39
Carlos Lomba 04:56:01 Kenneth Carino 05:09:47 Kelly Kramp 05:17:44 Jose Sanchez 05:19:07 Javier Sotela 05:23:04
Crissy Fuentes 05:36:08 Sandy Grosvenor 06:17:06 Rose Cintron-Allen 07:00:30 Hilary Hattler 07:30:41 Sasha Stone 07:34:59
Sean Thompson 04:59:20 William P Ankele Jr 05:13:39 Victor Torres 05:30:08 Ken Larson 05:43:32 Bastiaan Zwaan 05:44:24
Louise Atkinson Clark06:00:25 Marianne Moore 06:23:13
Mario Torres 06:03:02 Chuck Moran 06:08:53 Takashi Hitomi 06:15:01
Win Thomas 06:21:19 Bill Elberson 06:57:04 Alvaro Sierra 06:57:14 Jorge Torres 06:59:49
Jose Ramirez 07:31:51