IRONMAN PHUKET 70.3 RESULTS 2011
A deep field of pros descended on Thailand to try for top spot in Ironman Phuket 70.3 results 2011.
Many top pros have made their way to Phuket,Thailand to take part in the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship. The race is expected to be highly competitive.
This race certainly can lay claim to one of the more unique Ironman swim courses in the world.
First the athletes will swim 1.28km in the ocean then exit the water and run up a sand bank and to a lagoon. The final 620m of the swim in the lagoon will take them into the swim/bike transition.
To put it mildly the bike course for this race is truly challenging and unique. At one point in the race the cyclists will have to get off their bikes and cross a ramp and pedestrian bridge.
There are some flat stretches built for speed but the climbs are tough and not to be taken lightly. It’s one of those races where triathletes will have to be extra cautious about proper nutrition and hydration. The heat can be a major factor in Ironman Phuket 70.3.
The 21km run course is one loop and travels into the Laguna Phuket Golf Course. Then the course takes the athletes back to the finish line at the Laguna Beach Resort.
On the men’s side it will likely be Germany’s Michael Raelert leading the way in what should be a great race.
Chris Lieto, paul Ambrose, and Matt Reed are serious threats and this should be a great race with all talent involved.
PRO MEN’S FIELD
Ambrose, Paul Cassadei, Alberto Cigana, Massimo Croneborg, Fredrik Cummins, Owen Cunningham, Richie Degasperi, Alessandro Dellow, David Estrangeiro, Jose Felbabel, Erich Frankish, Monty Granger, Justin Guillaume, Romain Halksworth, Daniel Kemp, Christian Kriat, Maksym Lampret, Freddy Legh, Christopher Lieto, Chris Matthews, Paul McHugh, Joshua Raelert, Michael Reed, Matt Reed, Timothy James Schokman, Peter Zyemtsev, Viktor
The women’s field is a great one and this should be an interesting race. There are several top pro women in this race. Melissa Rollinson is the current 70.3 World Champion and should be right near the front in this one for most of the day.
Belinda Granger is fresh off a win in last weekend’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon. It might be a bit of a stretch to run at top form and beat this field. Natascha Badmann and Amanda Stevens are also here and should make their presence known.
THE PRO WOMEN’S FIELD
Badmann, Natascha Castle, Ange Megan Gordon, Jacqui Granger, Belinda Lewis, Tamsin Lidbury, Emma-Kate Miyazaki, Yasuko Niederfriniger, Edith Nivon Machoud, Ruth Rabe, Katja Raynolds, Matilda Rollison, Melissa Sax, Janine Stevens, Amanda Vodickova, Radka Wu, Michelle Wutti, Eva
There appears to be the possibility of rain and hopefully it will hold off. Rain can make the bike course a bit treacherous and by all reports it is already challenging enough.
TOP TEN PRO MEN IN THE SWIM
Daniel Halksworth 00:23:33 Michael Raelert 00:23:34 Matt Reed 00:23:37 David Dellow 00:23:38 Paul Matthews 00:23:39 Faris Al-Sultan 00:23:53 Richie Cunningham 00:23:55 Joshua McHugh 00:24:06 Timothy James Reed 00:24:08 Paul Ambrose 00:24:12
TOP TEN PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM
Amanda Stevens 00:24:12 Ruth Nivon Machoud 00:25:51 Radka Vodickova 00:26:13 Emma-Kate Lidbury 00:26:47 Belinda Granger 00:27:29 Melissa Rollison 00:27:32 Janine Sax 00:27:53 Michelle Wu 00:28:00 Katja Rabe 00:28:16 Edith Niederfriniger 00:28:28
At the 30km mark in the bike the two Paul’s from Australia are in the lead pack. Paul Mathews and Paul Ambrose are joined by 5 others at the front of the race.
Melissa Rollison made her first big move and is in second place behind Amanda Stevens. However there are at least five women within a minute of Melissa.
Rollison has the lead and this race might already be over if she decides to break away and heads out onto the run with a 4 or 5 minute break on the field.
The men are riding in a pack and it appears they will be given a warning for drafting. Chris Lieto had a crash and continued riding for a while but had now officially dropped out of the race.
No need for times as they are all within drafting distance of each other.
Paul Ambrose Paul Matthews Richie Cunningham Michael Raelert David Dellows Timothy James Reed Joshua McHugh Matt Reed
Suddenly it’s pouring rain and that could cause problems out on the bike course but should eliminate some of the heat on the run.
LEADERS AT THE BIKE/RUN TRANSITION PRO MEN
Michael Raelert 02:39:15 Paul Ambrose 02:39:16 David Dellow 02:39:18 Paul Matthews 02:39:19 Richie Cunningham 02:39:22 Joshua McHugh 02:39:33 Matt Reed 02:42:05 Massimo Cigana 02:44:18 Timothy James Reed 02:45:13 Alessandro Degasperi 02:48:19
Melissa Rollison has headed out onto the run course with a lead of several minutes over Natascha Badmann. Belinda Granger, Emma Kate-Lidbury and Amanda Stevens are the next three in behind the two leaders.
Michael Raelert showed his class in this race as he pulled away from the rest of the field in the run. He finishes in first place in the ironman phuket 70.3 results 2011. He finished with a time of 3:51:37.
TOP TEN PRO MEN
Raelert, Michael 03:51:36 Cunningham, Richie 03:57:16 Matthews, Paul 03:58:24 Reed, Timothy James 03:59:57 Dellow, David 04:01:11 Cigana, Massimo 04:01:54 Ambrose, Paul 04:02:18 Reed, Matt 04:05:14 McHugh, Joshua 04:06:04 Degasperi, Alessandro 04:07:18
Time splits are a bit sporadic as a severe rainstorm has hit the area quite hard. Despite the weather conditions there are some great performances taking place.
It appears that Melissa Rollison has an insurmountable 7-8 minute lead heading into the last leg of the run. However Natascha Badmann is having the race of the day as she makes the turn for home. It all depends if she can hold off the third and fourth place women.
Melissa Rollison is the winner for the pro women with a time of 4:17:01 and tops the podium in the ironman phuket 70.3 results 2011.
Natascha Badmann is sensational with her second place performance at 44-years-old.
TOP TEN PRO WOMEN
Rollison, Melissa 04:17:01 Badmann, Natascha 04:30:42 Vodickova, Radka 04:34:50 Lidbury, Emma-Kate 04:36:09 Lewis, Tamsin 04:36:14 Wu, Michelle 04:38:27 Rabe, Katja 04:40:34 Granger, Belinda 04:41:10 Sax, Janine 04:42:57 Stevens, Amanda 04:45:41
TOP TEN AGE-GROUP MEN in the ironman phuket 70.3 results 2011
Brandt-Joergensen, Niels 04:17:58 Buxhofer, Matthias 04:18:44 Low, Charlie 04:19:17 Spackman, Todd Thekid 04:19:43 Green, David 04:20:45 Anderson, Aj 04:24:13 Beyeler, Nicolas 04:25:09 Johnson, Brett 04:26:48 Attamimi, Assad 04:26:56 Studer, Gregor 04:27:37
TOP TEN AGE-GROUP WOMEN in the ironman phuket 70.3 results 2011
Ferreira, Samantha 04:50:57 Jackson, Christina 04:51:29 Taggart, Sally 04:54:47 D'haese, Veerle 04:58:15 Kempter, Sabine 05:01:42 Bannink, Cindi 05:02:16 Gowans, Jenny 05:03:08 Holland, Penelope 05:03:26 Miller, Emma Kate 05:04:17 Steinberg, Steffi 05:09:24
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