Ironman 70.3 South Africa results 2013

There were several top pros entered in the Sunday January 20th race who were quite capable of coming out on top of the Ironman 70.3 South Africa results 2013.

Triathlon has become very popular in South Africa and many locals were up early to make sure they had a good spot to take in the race.

The course itself began with a 1.9k swim in the protected Bay and was followed by a 90km bike leg that is one of the few Ironman bike courses in the world that is completely closed to outside traffic for the race.

2013 Ironman 70.3 South Africa results

The swim course of the 2013 race was a bit more enjoyable than the 2012 swim in this image.


The 21.1km two-loop run course is configured to give spectators a perfect opportunity to view the race in progress.

Ironman 70.3 South Africa is considered to be a very challenging course with some serious hill-climbing to do near the turn-around of the bike and the run also features a steep hill that must be navigated twice before finally reaching the finish line.

For the men it was last years runner-up Ronnie Schildknecht of Switzerland who went in as the favorite in the race. Bart Aernouts, Stephen Bayliss, and Axel Zeebrok were also considered capable of getting into the mix for a podium spot.

2012 Ironman 70.3 South Africa winner Marino Vanhoenacker was not on hand to defend his title.

PRO MALE ENTRIES

AERNOUTS, Bart............Belgium
ALBERT, Marko.............Estonia
BASSAN, Stav..............Israel
BAYLISS, Stephen..........United Kingdom
CLARKE, William...........United Kingdom
DAVIDSON, Michael.........South Africa
DE BRUIN, Gerhard.........South Africa
DEBIL-CAUX, Victor........France
DON, Tim..................United Kingdom
EDMISTON, Grant...........South Africa
HORNER, Kent..............South Africa
IIDA, Tadashi.............Japan
JOHNSTON, Travis..........South Africa
LAMPRET, Freddy...........South Africa
LETO, Kyle................United States
LOWE, Terrence............South Africa
SCHILDKNECHT, Ronnie......Switzerland
SUNDBERG, Swen............Germany
THRELFALL, Mark...........United Kingdom
VIENNOT, Cyril............France
ZEEBROEK, Axel............Belgium

Jodie Swallow returned to try for her third victory in a row in this race. She topped the 2011 results as well as the Ironman South Africa results 2012 for the pro women with a winning time of 04:39:01. It doesn’t hurt her chances that she has Bret Sutton for a coach.

It’s almost a given that Swallow would lead out of the water because of her great swimming ability, but there were several pro women entered in the race considered legitimate threats for the top of the podium. Lucie Reed of the Czech Republic, the runner up to Swallow in 2012 was sure to try and take the next step up on the podium.

PRO FEMALE ENTRIES

BAYLISS, Bella.............United Kingdom
CZEANIK, Maria.............Poland
GORRIE, Natasha............South Africa
HIGNETT, Susie.............United Kingdom
HORNER, Claire.............South Africa
LINDHOLM, Camilla..........Sweden
MCEWAN, Dianne.............South Africa
REED, Lucie................Czech Republic
ROBERTSON, Riana...........South Africa
SEYMOUR, Jeanni............South Africa
SWALLOW, Jodie.............United Kingdom
WALTHER, Kathrin...........Germany

THE RACE

When the pro men reached the swim/bike transition a group of four came out of the water within 13 seconds of each other.

In the early kilometers of the bike course it was Marko Albert of Estonia leading Will Clarke by twenty seconds with Threlfall and Zeebroek not far behind in third and fourth.

At the 50k mark Bart Aernouts was in the lead and was almost a kilometer ahead of William Clark with Mark Albert holding on to third spot but there were some major changes in the late stages of the bike.

Mark Albert moved into second place and began to close the gap on Aernouts. With just 10k to go it was Aernout, Albert, Schildkecht and Clark all getting fairly tightly bunched.

At the final transition it was Aernouts with a lead of just about two minutes over Schildkecht with Marko Albert a further 30 seconds back.

At this point the race seemed to be setting up perfectly for Ronnie Schildkecht who may have conserved some energy by not pushing for the lead on the bike course.

However, Bart Aernouts stayed strong through-out the run and crossed the finish line first to become the Ironman 70.3 South Africa champion for 2013.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN

AERNOUTS, Bart................04:03:53
SCHILDKNECHT, Ronnie..........04:06:23
DON, Tim......................04:10:40
ALBERT, Marko.................04:12:11
CLARKE, William...............04:13:47

As expected it was Jodie Swallow leading the way for the pro women out of the water and she had a gap of almost 90 seconds over second place Lucie Reed when she reached the swim/run transition.

She continued to build on her lead and created a gap of over five minutes over Susie Hignett before the halfway point of the bike.

At the 60k mark Jodie Swallow was still in front by a wide margin and was well in control of the race and carried her lead over to the run course.

At last report Swallow still had a lead of five minutes over Gorrie with Lucie Reed running in third place at the half-way point in the run.

It’s confirmed that Jody Swallow has won her third Ironman 70.3 South Africa race in a row.

TOP FOUR PRO WOMEN

SWALLOW, Jodie...............04:34:30
HIGNETT, Susie...............04:43:38
REED, Lucie..................04:44:19
GORRIE, Natasha..............04:45:27

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