Ironman New Zealand 70.3 2012 Results

Marino Vanhoenacker and Meridith Kessler are the winners of the shortened version of Ironman New Zealand 2012.

There is no doubt there are many disappointed triathletes both pros and age-groupers who took to the water for the start of what was now the Ironman New Zealand 70.3 2012.

It’s takes a lot of effort, finances, and even emotional strength and courage for a first-time Ironman to make the journey to the start line and for some they may not get another chance to reach an Ironman Triathlon finish line for some time if ever.

The water does look a bit choppy

For the pros it throws a wrench into their season racing plans and they will be scrambling to re-vamp their 2012 schedule.

Yet on the bright side, there are still valuable World Championships to be earned and this 70.3 race and the points on the table can ultimately be very important when the World Championships in both the 70.3 and Ironman Hawaii rolls around.

Also it should be noted that it takes quite an effort by race organizers and volunteers to create a new race on such a short notice.

A great accomplishment and a job well done!

IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND 70.3

As far as the conditions for the swim there was a slight breeze building and the waters were just a little choppy but at least the sun was shining and everyone was in great spirits after all the disappointment of the last few days.

In the swim for the pro men there were some very fast swimmers who came out on top, but as if often the case they would eventually be caught and passed out on the bike course or if not during the bike, on the run course later in the race.

TOP TEN PRO MEN IN THE SWIM

Marko Albert - 24.13
James Cotter - 24.49
Guy Crawford - 25.34
Terenzo Bozzone - 25.34
Sean Donnelly - 25.36
Marino Vanhoenacker - 25.37
Cameron Brown - 25.39
Romaine Guillaume - 25.39
Aaron Farlow - 25.40
Tim Reed - 25.40

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM

Meredith Kessler-26.39
Joanna Lawn-27:45
Gina Crawford-27:48
Belinda Harper-28:01
Kate Bevilaqua-29:04

It was in the bike portion of the race where Marino Vanhoenacker began to assert himself, but the bike splits were incredibly close.

Marino Vanhoenacker won a tight race

Going into the run nothing was for sure as all the top pro men were in the mix and despite the fact the race was shortened to a 70.3 it was still highly competitive.

TOP NINE PRO MEN IN THE BIKE

1. Marino Vanhoenacker................2.12:19
2. Cameron Brown......................2.12:24
3. Aaron Farlow.......................2.12:29
4. Tim Reed...........................2.12:31
5. Romaine Guillaume..................2.12:35
6. Guy Crawford.......................2.12:39
7. Terenzo Bozzone....................2.12:44
8. Torsten Abel.......................2.14: 11
9. Jamie Whyte........................2.17:46

For the pro women the splits were a bit messed up all day for Meredith Kessler because she lost her timing chip in the swim. However she did make it to the bike/run transition first.

TOP NINE PRO WOMEN IN THE BIKE

1. Meridith Kessler-time unknown
2. Jessica Jacobs......................2.26:23
3. Candice Hammond.....................2.31:43
4. Belinda Harper......................2.32:09
5. Kate Bevilaqua......................2.32:53
6. Jo Lawn.............................2.33:42
7. Rachael Paxton......................2.34:27
8. Gina Crawford.......................2.35:45

It was a tight battle for the men and it was Marino Vanhoenacker prevailing in a time of 3:55:03 with Timothy Reed second in 3:55:51, and Cameron Brown in third place with a 3:56:38 clocking.

TOP TEN PRO MEN AT THE FINISH LINE

1. Marino Vanhoenacker.................3.55:03
2. Timothy Reed........................3.55:51
3. Cameron Brown.......................3.56:38
4. Romain Guillaume....................3.58:03
5. Aaron Farlow........................3.58:57
6. Marko Albert........................4.00:43
7. Terenzo Bozzone.....................4.01:51
8. Guy Crawford........................4.03:29
9. Jamie Whyte.........................4.12:05
10. Shanon Stallard....................4.14:46

The race for the pro women was never in doubt as Meredith Kessler was in fine form and the 70.3 distance was to her liking as she won by almost 8 minutes.

Kate Bevilaqua showed a ton of courage in taking second place and fending off Joanna Lawn who finished just 3 seconds behind her in a spectacular race for 2nd place. Great job Kate! Ironman distance or not, these are valuable World Championship Points to have in the bank.

ironman triathlon pro meredith kessler

Meredith Kessler wins for the pro women

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN AT THE FINISH LINE

1. Meredith Kessler.................4.22:46 Pro
2. Kate Bevilaqua...................4.30:37 Pro
3. Joanna Lawn......................4.30:40 Pro
4. Jessica Jacobs...................4.31:46 Pro
5. Gina Crawford....................4.32:45 Pro
6. Hilary Wicks.....................4.32:51 F35-39
7. Belinda Harper...................4.37:49 Pro
8. Anna Ross........................4.39:47 F30-34
9. Susie Wood.......................4.41:33 F35-39
10. Candice Hammond.................4.43:25 Pro

So now that Ironman New Zealand 2012 is in the books and with all that has transpired what are your thoughts on how the weekend unfolded and the impact it has on all concerned when an full Ironman becomes a 70.3? Leave your comment. It would be much appreciated.

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Ray hasn’t stopped since his first Ironman in Kona, 1984. He has since run 14 more Ironman races, authored 5 Triathlon books, and is now bringing together a passionate community of triathletes. Contact Ray at ray@ironstruck.com

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