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IRONMAN HAWAII WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

Pro athletes from around the world have spent the year trying to earn a spot in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011.

What a race it’s going to be.

Add about 1800 age-group athletes who have qualified in races around the world plus 200 lottery winners and it promises to be a great day for the Ironman family on October 8, 2011.

It was almost a year ago when the journey began for the best Ironman pros in the world to secure their spot in Kona for the Ironman Hawaii World Championships 2011.

It all started back at Ironman Wisconsin 2010 and also at the natural beauty of the Ironman 70.3 course in the Muskoka region in Canada.

Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011

Ultimately there will be 80 of the best pro triathletes in the world taking a shot at being first across the storied finish line on Ali’i Drive in Kona.

It is no doubt the Mecca of the Ironman world that has seen so drama, so much heart-ache, and of course the elation of victory when one secures a spot in the record books of the most iconic endurance events in the history of sports.

MIRINDA CARFRAE

The scoring system to earn a spot in Kona is not all that complicated.

For starters athletes can score points in their five best races of the year. They can take part in 10 races if they want, but only five can be used for qualifying points.

It’s necessary to do five races either. A pro can compete in 3 or 4 if they like, however at least one of the races must be an Ironman and the total cannot include any more than 3 70.3 events.

So Who will come out on top of the Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011?

Every pro seems to have their game plan. They map out their races over the year and hope that they can peak for the big day and at the same time avoid the injuries that seem to be more prevalent as the heat is on to qualify.

Or you can be like Mary Beth Ellis and win Ironman’s Regensberg, Austria, and Canada all in an 8-week period.

MARY BETH ELLIS

It was a thrill to be at the finish line at Ironman Canada and see Mary Beth Ellis win and break the course record set by Erin Baker some 21 years ago.

I remember how ideal the conditions were 21 years ago and it’s amazing that in the heat of the day at Ironman 2011, Mary Ellis was able to post such a fast time under less than ideal conditions.

Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011

Marinda Carfrae


Fully expect Mirinda Carfrae, Samantha Warriner, Kelly Williamson, Caroline Steffen and Katie Bevilaqua to be in the mix for a top five placing.

Any of these women are quite capable of stealing first place in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011 if the pace-setters go out too fast in the unforgiving heat and wind of Kona.

Chrissie Wellington has been keeping a low profile and resting up for one big effort in Kona. However rumor has it that with less than two weeks to go, Chrissie has been involved in a biking accident, but is expected at the start line on October 8th.

Most athletes would seem to be over-raced with 3 Ironman wins inside of 3 months but some athletes like Mary Beth thrive on constant racing so we will see what happens. She has a great coach in Brett Sutton and you just know he will have Mary Beth ready for a top effort.

One thing is for sure. It’s going to be a memorable race in Kona this year regardless of who ends up on the podium in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011.

SOFIE GOOS

Best of luck to all these amazing pro women Ironmen who constantly inspire so many and who continue to raise the bar in the sport.

To think that it was just back in the 1984 Olympic Games in L.A. that women were first able to compete in the Olympic Marathon.

Up until the Ironman came along in the late 1970’s endurance events for the most part were strictly male-dominated.

HERE ARE THE TOP THIRTY WOMEN QUALIFIERS

Steffen Caroline......12650
Van Vlerken Yvonne....9185
Carfrae Mirinda.......8965
Thuerig Karin.........8550
Stewart Tyler.........7480
Cave Leanda...........7470
Dibens Julie..........7400
Bij De Vaate Heleen...7180
Williamson Kelly......7090
Marsh Amy.............6920
Loeffler Kim..........6780
Joyce Rachel..........6760
Tajsich Sonja.........6275
Morrison Catriona.....6250
Ellis Mary Beth.......6200
Felt Silvia...........6170
Wurtele Heather.......6165
Csomor Erika..........6120
Berasategui Virginia..6050
Deckers Tine..........5870
Zelenkova Lucie.......5805
Goos Sofie............5790
Bevilaqua Kate........5525
Snow Caitlin..........5305
Wellington Chrissie...5250
Corbin Linsey.........5245
Stevens Amanda........5160
Nishiuchi Maki........5045
Warriner Samantha.....5035
Riesler Diana.........4980

Erika Csomor and Diana Riesler gave up their Kona spots and will not be competing in Kona.

THE FIVE FINAL PRO WOMEN WHO WERE OFFERED SPOTS:

Mary Beth Ellis
Maki Nishiuchi
Miranda Alldritt
Jackie Arendt
Joanna Lawn
So how about the men’s race? You can’t help but like Jordan Rapp to do well after his gutsy win in Ironman Canada.

Although it is a different sort of heat than the humidity of Kona, Jordan showed that he can handle the hot temperatures and it was a hot one in Penticton at Ironman Canada 2011 and could place well in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011.

Although I picked Jordan Rapp to win Ironman Canada, I am a bit hesitant about picking him as the winner in Kona this year. However a top-five is very possible.

Many top triathletes over the years have claimed just how difficult it is to compete in Ironman Canada in late August and than again in Kona less than 2 months later.

This is especially true because a top effort is necessary to do well in Kona and the least bit of weakness and even the best pro can easily be left behind by someone more rested and peaking just for the one race.

So now we have Jordan Rapp and Mary Beth Ellis both attempting the Canada-Kona double with the two races just 5 weeks apart.

RAYNARD TISSINK

Peter Reid was able to win both Penticton and Kona, but said it was very challenging and he would not recommend it.

**THIS JUST IN** Jordan Rapp has just declined his slot for Kona. This means that Matt Reed will be going.

Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011

Raynard Tissink

This does not surprise me at all and just reinforces what I have been saying. It is extremely demanding to take on Ironman Canada and Ironman Hawaii just 5 weeks apart.

Jordan Rapp gave an all-out effort in Ironman Canada. The conditions of the day were also very difficult with extreme heat and high winds plus he recently recovered from serious training injuries.

One can’t help but think that this is a wise and very professional decision that Jordan has made. There will be other years.

That just leaves Mary Beth Ellis to try and pull of this difficult Penticton/Kona double win.

I believe Raynard Tissink is going to be right up their in the bike, but I am leaning more towards Ben Hoffman, Craig Alexander, Tj Tollakson, and Andreas Raelert to battle it out for the win in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011.

If the other Raelert(Michael) was not injured, he would have been my pick to win as he is an incredible athlete but simply could not overcome his injuries this year.

Craig Alexander was injured this year as well but hit his stride again with a win in Ironman Couer d’Alene. One wonders if he is top form as he is also lightly raced this year, but he did win the Marine Corp 70.3 World Championship.

He could quite possibly make it a double and win both championship races.

Ben Hoffman has been a force and should make a good account of himself on race-day.

There are many strong cyclists(like Raynard Tissink)in this race but the marathon course out on the Queen K. highway often determines the winner of Ironman Hawaii.

Over the years many of the best Ironmen in the world have been unable to sustain the pace in the last 10 kilometers of the marathon.

The crushing heat and the swirling, unrelenting headwinds of the bike course have to be managed perfectly in order to still be in the hunt late in the marathon.

HERE ARE THE TOP FIFTY MEN QUALIFIERS

Tissink Raynard.......7550
Odonnell Timothy......7520
Llanos Eneko ........7100
Al-sultan Faris.......7060
Vanhoenacker Marino...6900
Raphael Jan...........6800
Bell Luke.............6515
Sturla Eduardo........6380
Bracht Timo...........6300
Alexander Craig.......6190
Raelert Andreas.......6180
Jacobs Peter..........6150
Major Jozsef..........6120
Hecht Mathias.........5625
Brown Cameron.........5380
Van Lierde Frederik...5290
Vabrousek Petr........5200
Schildknecht Ronnie...5165
Twelsiek Maik.........5070
Mckenzie Luke.........4965
Hoffman Ben...........4910
Weiss Michael.........4905
Tollakson Tj..........4870
Evoe Patrick..........4835
Vernay Patrick........4790
Zeebroek Axel.........4710
Lieto Chris...........4680
Lowe Tom..............4540
Henning Rasmus........4520
Potts Andy............4400
Abel Torsten..........4480
Csoke Balazs..........4360
Rapp Jordan...........4290
Boecherer Andi........4210
Marques Sergio........4200
Cunnama James.........4160
Bockel Dirk...........4100
Jammaer Bert..........3950
Lovato Michael........3935
Goehner Michael.......3890
Schifferle Mike.......3760
Gambles Joe...........3700
Russell Matthew.......3690
Daerr Justin..........3630
Viennot Cyril.........3500
Shortis Jason.........3480
Mcdonald Chris........3465
White Matthew.........3385
Amey Paul.............3380
Fontana Daniel........3200

Eduardo Sturla, Patrick Evoe, James Cunnama, Romain Guillaume, Courtney Ogden, Justin Daerr, and Terenzo Bozzone are the pro men who gave up their spots and will not be competing in Kona.

THE TEN FINAL PRO MEN WHO WERE OFFERED SPOTS:

Andreas Raelert
Tprsten Abel
Jordan Rapp
Andi Boecherer
Bert Jammaer
Matthew Russell
Jason Shortis
Chris Macdonald
Mike Aigroz
Mike Neill

Best of luck to all the age-groupers who have won a spot in the big race. It is so worth all the hard work to get there just to be part of such a great event like Ironman Hawaii.

Best of luck also for the 200 lucky triathletes who managed to land a spot in the lottery and will have a chance to make their mark in the Ironman Hawaii World Championship 2011.

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