Ironman New Zealand results 2013

Many triathlon fans were keeping a close eye on the final Ironman New Zealand results 2013 to see how Bevan Docherty would make out in his first full-distance Ironman.

Who could forget when the two-time Olympic medalist out-ran Lance Armstrong to take the victory in Ironman 70.3 Panama in 2012?

This could well be perfect timing for Docherty as he may be losing a bit of foot-speed, but at the same time gaining in endurance. In Ironman 70.3 Auckland 70.3 2013 he looked like a lock for the victory but was run down by Christian Kemp.

In a pre-race interview Docherty stated, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t there to win, but I am aware that I’m up against some great athletes and I also have to give the distance a lot of respect,” says Docherty, a household name in New Zealand.

Ironman New Zealand 2013 race results

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“I’m getting slow and old,” says the 35-year-old. “I’m enjoying the training as it is less intense and just a few more miles.”

On race day, Docherty was up against fellow New Zealand Ironman triathletes, Cameron Brown and Terenzo Bozzone who also figured highly as pre-race favorites for top podium spots.

PRO MEN START LIST(tenatative)

Balazs Csoke  
Ben Cotter   
Bevan Docherty 
Cameron Brown 
Carl Read   
Chris Sanson  
Courtney Ogden  
Daiki Masuda  
David Bowden 
Ernst Moser  
Jacson Kluts  
Keegan Williams  
Kodo Hiramatsu  
Marko Albert  
Scott Defilippis  
Shannon Stallard  
Simon Cochrane  
Terenzo Bozzone 

The field for the pro women was not exceptionally strong as many of the best pro female Ironman triathletes in the world are knocking heads in Abu Dhabi in search of the $50,000 winners share of the prize purse.

From the outset it seemed that Meredith Kessler was favored to defend the championship she won in the weather-shortened version of Ironman New Zealand 2012. It appeared her biggest challenge would come from Gina Crawford.

PRO WOMEN START LIST(tentative)

Anna Ross   
Candice Hammond  
Carrie Lester 
Gina Crawford  
Janine Sax  
Megumi Shigaki 
Melanie Burke  
Meredith Kessler  
Monica Dalidowicz

THE RACE

Bevan Docherty was set on racing from the front end as he was second out of the water behind Marko Albert.

TOP FIVE MEN IN THE SWIM

Marko Albert.................45:34
Bevan Docherty...............45:44
Terenzo Bozzone..............47:22
Balazs Csoke.................47:40
Cameron Brown................50:15

Meredith Kessler put her stamp on the race early and left the water with a lead of four minutes of second place Gina Crawford.

TOP FIVE MEN IN THE SWIM

Meredith Kessler.............47:37 
Gina Crawford................51:44
Carrie Lester................54:40
Monica Dalidowicz............58:18
Anna Ross....................58:21

Bevan Docherty took over the lead from Marko Albert about three-quarters of the way through the bike and began to pull away near the 135km mark. By the bike/run transition Cameron Brown created a gap of 2:20 over Albert.

Cameron Brown was quite far back in third and was faced with over 11 minutes to make up in order to catch Docherty.

PRO MEN TOP FOUR BIKE SPLITS

Bevan Docherty.............4:35:06
Marko Albert...............4:38:34
Cameron Brown..............4:41.52
Courtney Ogden.............4:44.14

In the race for top spot among the pro women it was Meredith Kessler holding a commanding lead for most of the 180km bike and carrying it over onto the run course.

PRO WOMEN TOP FOUR BIKE SPLITS

Meredith Kessler..........5.04:44
Gina Crawford.............5.08:17
Carrie Lester.............5.19:39
Candice Hammond...........5.15.00

At the 20km mark of the run Cameron Brown was not gaining any ground on Docherty, and in fact was over 12 minutes down. Marko Albert was also losing time and was over five minutes back in second place.

The main race as far as the pro women was for second place as Candice Hammond closed on Gina Crawford.

Meredith continued to run strong and increased her lead by almost nine minutes over Gina Crawford at the 10km mark.

Bevan Docherty is the 2013 Ironman New Zealand champion. He was very convincing in victory with a time of 8:15:35.

Meredith Kessler was well in front for the pro women at the 37km mark.

Meridith Kessler is the 2013 Ironman New Zealand champion and retains the title she won in 2012.

PRO MEN FINISH TIMES

DOCHERTY, Bevan...............08:15:35
ALBERT, Marko.................08:25:30
BROWN, Cameron................08:34:28
OGDEN, Courtney...............08:38:53
CSOKE, Balazs.................08:46:05
READ, Carl....................08:48:16
WILLIAMS, Keegan..............08:50:22
COTTER, Ben...................09:02:47
SANSON, Chris.................09:07:01
COCHRANE, Simon...............09:17:12
DEFILIPPIS, Scott.............09:18:34
MOSER, Ernst..................09:20:22
KLUTS, Jacson.................09:29:04

PRO WOMEN FINISH TIMES

KESSLER, Meredith.............09:17:10
CRAWFORD, Gina................09:20:54
HAMMOND, Candice..............09:35:52
ROSS, Anna....................09:38:59
SAX, Janine...................10:03:21
BURKE, Melanie................10:09:02
SHIGAKI, Megumi...............10:40:01

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