Ironman Cozumel results 2012

Next to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, the Sunday November 25 running of Ironman Cozumel 2012 has one of the deepest Ironman fields of the year for both male and female pros and at the start of the race it was anyone’s guess who would top the Ironman Cozumel results 2012 .

It is truly remarkable that going into the race there were probably fifteen pro men and around ten pro women quite capable of winning the race.

Viktor Zyemtsev. Eduarlo Sturla, Patrick Evoe, Ezequiel Morales, and 2011 Ironman Cozumel champion Michael Lovato are just a few exceptional male pros who were after top spot on the podium.

2012 ironman cozumel

Ironman Cozumel swim start- Image by Ironmanlive


Several of the pro men entered in the race were multiple Ironman winners.

For the pro women it was Michelle Vesterby and Mary Beth Ellis who were highly rated coming off their strong performances in Ironman Hawaii. Vesterby was eleventh in Kona and Ellis was fifth.

Going into the race, strong performances were also expected from Sonja Tasjsich of Germany, Jesse Donavan, and Canadian newcomer to the full Ironman, Tenille Hoogland.

THE IRONMAN COZUMEL 2012 COURSE

From all reports from many athletes who have taken part in previous Ironman Cozumel races the best word to describe the course appears to be deceptive.

Yes the single-loop 2.4-mile swim is in the beautiful, turquoise, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, but there are currents to deal with along the way that tend to increase the degree of difficulty. Those who are more experienced on this swim course know that is it better to stay closer to the shoreline on the way back in order to avoid the worst of the current.

At first glance the three-loop 112-mile bike course appears fast and flat when you look at a profile map of the elevation gains, but the real challenge is often the heat and the wind.

Most often it is the pro who eases back a bit on the bike to allow for the weather conditions who fares the best in the run and ultimately runs down those who over-extended themselves.

The three-loop 26.2-mile run course alongside the Caribbean Sea provided plenty of support for the tiring triathletes as they made their way to the finish line at the City Hall square in San Miguel de Cozumel.

PRO MEN-official

Grigoryev Alexander..............Russian Federation
Patrick Donovan..................United States
Igor Amorelli....................Brazil
Dirk Bockel......................Luxembourg
Sylvain Rota.....................France
Anton Blokhin....................Ukraine
Luke Mckenzie....................Australia
Rene Vallant.....................Austria
Stefan Schmid....................Germany
Olivier Cardoen..................Belgium
Christopher B....................United States
Hiroyuki Nishiuchi...............Japan
Jimmy Johnsen....................Australia
Jesse Vondracek..................United States
Bojan Maric......................United States
Ivan Tejero......................Spain
Patrick Evoe.....................United States
Brandon Marsh....................United States
Horst Reichel....................Germany
Bert Jammaer.....................Belgium
Teemu Kyllonen...................United Kingdom
Ezequiel A Morales...............Brazil
James Lamastra...................United States
Mauro Cavanha....................Brazil
Sergio Quezada...................Mexico
Michael Lovato...................United States
Viktor Zyemtsev..................Ukraine
Patrick Jaberg...................Switzerland
Eduardo Sturla...................Argentina
Andres F Latorre.................Colombia
Bas Diederen.....................Netherlands
Mario Fink.......................Austria
Brett Carter.....................Australia
Tom Svoboda......................Czech Republic
Reinaldo De Oliveira.............United States
Trevor Delsaut...................France
Michael Goehner..................Germany
Franz Höfer......................Austria
Andrey Lyatskiy..................Russian Federation
David Plese......................Slovenia
Alejandro Santamaria.............Spain
Thiago Vinhal....................Brazil
Ciro Violin......................Brazil
Edo Van Der Meer.................Netherlands
Ivan Raña........................Spain
Matjaz Kovac.....................Slovenia
James Cunnama....................South Africa

PRO WOMEN-official

Paolina Allan.....................Canada
Anne Basso........................France
Stephanie Jones...................United States
Maki Nishiuchi....................Japan
Beth Walsh........................United States
Ayesha Rollinson..................Canada
Saki Kubota.......................Japan
April Gellatly....................United States
Sophie De Groote..................Belgium
Francesca Tibaldi.................Italy
Kathleen Calkins..................United States
Jacqui Gordon.....................United States
Tenille Hoogland..................Canada
Kristin Baker.....................Canada
Elizabeth Lyles...................United States
Annett Kamenz.....................Canada
Jackie Arendt.....................United States
Barbara Tesar.....................Austria
Michaela Rudolf...................Austria
Heidi Sessner.....................Germany
arie Danais.......................Canada
Mary Beth Ellis...................United States
Mareen Hufe.......................Germany
Maria Lemeseva....................Russian Federation
Sonja Tajsich.....................Germany
Yvonne Van Vlerken................Austria
Michelle Vesterby.................Denmark

THE RACE

Water temperatures were comfortable as expected and because there were no motorized boats allowed on the swim course, nobody really knew who was leading until the pros stepped out of the water.

TOP PRO MEN SWIM TIMES

1 MARSH BRANDON 0:50:08
2 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 0:50:13
3 BOCKEL DIRK 0:50:15
4 VAN DER MEER EDO 0:50:15
5 DIEDEREN BAS 0:50:17
6 AMORELLI IGOR 0:50:19
7 MCKENZIE LUKE 0:50:19
8 CARTER BRETT 0:50:22
9 RAÑA IVAN 0:50:27
10 REICHEL HORST 0:52:02
11 VINHAL THIAGO 0:52:05
12 ZYEMTSEV VIKTOR 0:52:05
13 JAMMAER BERT 0:52:08
14 HÖFER FRANZ 0:52:10
15 BLOKHIN ANTON 0:52:10
16 TEJERO IVAN 0:52:11
17 NISHIUCHI HIROYUKI 0:52:13
18 CAVANHA MAURO 0:52:14
19 QUEZADA SERGIO 0:52:16
20 CUNNAMA JAMES 0:52:16
21 ALEXANDER GRIGORYEV 0:52:18
22 LYATSKIY ANDREY 0:52:19
23 LOVATO MICHAEL 0:52:23
24 JOHNSEN JIMMY 0:52:30
25 ROTA SYLVAIN 0:52:36

For the women it is no surprise that Mary Beth Ellis, Michelle Vesterby, and Tenille Hoogland were the first three pro women out of the water. Both Ellis and Vesterby had come off strong races in the recent Ironman Hawaii World Championships.

Tenille Hoogland is a 70.3 specialist doing her first full Ironman distance and figured to be placed highly in the early going of the race.

The swim times appeared to be quite slower than these women are capable of and it is a good indication that it was a tough swim out there and that the currents were strong.

TOP PRO WOMEN SWIM TIMES

1 HOOGLAND TENILLE 0:54:27
2 VESTERBY MICHELLE 0:54:34
3 ELLIS MARY BETH 0:54:36
6 ROLLINSON AYESHA 1:03:33
7 NISHIUCHI MAKI 1:03:36
8 GELLATLY APRIL 1:03:38
9 BASSO ANNE 1:04:51
10 ARENDT JACKIE 1:04:57
11 VAN VLERKEN YVONNE 1:04:57
12 DE GROOTE SOPHIE 1:04:59
13 SESSNER HEIDI 1:05:03
14 CALKINS KATHLEEN 1:05:07
15 DANAIS MARIE 1:05:09
16 LYLES ELIZABETH 1:07:09
17 GORDON JACQUI 1:07:15
18 HUFE MAREEN 1:11:09
19 WALSH BETH 1:11:14
20 KUBOTA SAKI 1:13:26

Very early on it looked like this could develop into a race for top spot on the podium for the lead three women out of the swim/bike transition. Seven minutes is quite a gap to make up even for an Ironman where swim times do not normally dictate the winners of the race.

However, in the heat of Cozumel, Mexico just about anything is possible and someone can easily come charging from far back on the 26.2-mile run course.

After the first loop of the three-loop 112-mile bike course it was becoming pretty clear that nobody would be taking a huge lead into the marathon. The pros were well aware that over-extending oneself on the bike could pretty much mean a very difficult marathon in the heat of Mexico.

Although Dirk Bockel led the way through town for the first time he had plenty of company within easy striking distance.

TOP TWENTY PRO MEN AFTER FIRST BIKE LAP

2012 ironman cozumel results

The bike course was three loops- Ironmanlive

1 BOCKEL DIRK 2:12:41
2 MCKENZIE LUKE 2:15:12
3 REICHEL HORST 2:15:15
4 VAN DER MEER EDO 2:15:18
5 MARSH BRANDON 2:16:07
6 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 2:16:09
7 DIEDEREN BAS 2:16:10
8 CUNNAMA JAMES 2:16:11
9 JAMMAER BERT 2:16:12
10 ZYEMTSEV VIKTOR 2:16:14
11 BLOKHIN ANTON 2:16:16
12 RAÑA IVAN 2:16:18
13 ROTA SYLVAIN 2:17:16
14 LOVATO MICHAEL 2:17:16
15 CAVANHA MAURO 2:17:17
16 HÖFER FRANZ 2:17:19
17 JOHNSEN JIMMY 2:17:21
18 LYATSKIY ANDREY 2:17:21
19 ALEXANDER GRIGORYEV 2:21:15
20 EVOE PATRICK 2:22:08

After the first bike lap for the pro women it was Michelle Vesterby with a lead of just over 1:30 over Mary Beth Ellis and Tenille Hoogland was three minutes back of the leader.

TOP TWENTY PRO WOMEN AFTER FIRST BIKE LAP

1 VESTERBY MICHELLE 2:27:09
2 ELLIS MARY BETH 2:28:45
3 HOOGLAND TENILLE 2:30:22
4 VAN VLERKEN YVONNE 2:35:47
5 DE GROOTE SOPHIE 2:35:48
6 CALKINS KATHLEEN 2:38:45
8 GELLATLY APRIL 2:40:47
9 NISHIUCHI MAKI 2:42:02
10 SESSNER HEIDI 2:42:32
11 HUFE MAREEN 2:44:26
12 ARENDT JACKIE 2:44:30
13 GORDON JACQUI 2:44:30
14 BASSO ANNE 2:44:30
15 ROLLINSON AYESHA 2:44:32
16 LYLES ELIZABETH 2:44:56
17 TAJSICH SONJA 2:46:45
18 DANAIS MARIE 2:48:27
19 ALLAN PAOLINA 2:51:46
20 WALSH BETH 2:51:57

It seemed that many of the pro men were doing the smart thing and not over-extending themselves on the bike and saving their energy for the marathon.

As expected, there were no run-away leaders on the bike as they came into the run/bike transition fairly close together.

It would come down to who had the most left for the run that would decide the winner and Ivan Rana of Spain came out on top with a simply sensational marathon time of 2:44:05 to break away from the pack and win the race by a wide margin.

TOP TEN PRO MEN

RANA, IVAN.........................08:15:07
DIEDEREN, BAS......................08:22:55
JAMMAER, BERT......................08:24:51
BLOKHIN, ANTON.....................08:26:38
JOHNSEN, JIMMY.....................08:29:09
MARSH, BRANDON.....................08:30:17
LOVATO, MICHAEL....................08:37:14
SCHMID, STEFAN.....................08:41:09
CASTILLO LATORRE, ANDRES F.........08:42:06
MORALES, EZEQUIEL A................08:44:58

Not surprisingly, it was Mary Beth Ellis taking the top spot for the women. Sophie DeGroot came charging at the end and lost the dual to the finish line and missed winning by seven seconds. Ultimately it was being ten minutes back of Ellis in the swim that cost her.

Sonja Tajsich took a well-deserved third place with the fastest marathon of the day for the pro women with a time of 3:02:40.

It was a valiant effort by Michelle Vesterby who eventually finished in fourth spot but she was unable to match Ellis, Tajsich, and DeGroot on the marathon course.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN

ELLIS, MARY BETH...................09:15:38
DE GROOTE, SOPHIE..................09:15:45
TAJSICH, SONJA.....................09:21:30
VESTERBY, MICHELLE.................09:23:49
CALKINS, KATHLEEN..................09:25:58
SESSNER, HEIDI.....................09:31:00
HUFE, MAREEN.......................09:32:19
WALSH, BETH........................09:39:25
LYLES, ELIZABETH...................09:40:36

Be sure to check out the 2012 Ironman Cozumel age-group results as well right here on IronStruck.

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