A strong field of men and women pros were entered in Ironman San Juan 70.3 and it promised to be a competitive race and did not disappoint.
The 1.2 mile swim takes place in Condado Lagoon and it offers a great viewing areas for spectators from San Juan Beach. Norman water temperatures are expected to be in the 78 degree range.
The 56-mile bike course takes place over the Northern part of the island with much of the ride taking place along the beachfront with a few short, challenging hills.
The 13.1 mile runs through the city of Old San Juan. The runners pass amazing 16th Century architecture as they make their way to the turn-around point of the famous Fort San Felipe del Morro. This is a two-loop course. I had the pleasure of visiting Old San Juan a few years back and it truly is a remarkable venue for an Ironman 70.3.
THE PRO MEN
Paul Amey Damon Barnett Blake Becker Bertrand Billard Andres Castillo Balazs Csoke Alessandro Degasperi Raul Furtado Oscar Galindez Leon Griffin Jonathan Hotchkiss Ryan Kelly Maxim Kriat Teemu Kyllonen Michael Lovato Andrey Lyatskiy Timothy ODonnell Kyle Pawlaczyk Michael Raelert Zach Ruble Jonathan Shearon Kevin Taddonio Ivan Vasilyev Edgardo Velez Axel Zeebroek
Timothy O’Donnell should be going in as the race favorite on the strength of his amazing season in 2011 where he seemed unstoppable. However I am going with Axel Zeebroek to upset and perhaps have the lead coming out of the water and challenging for the O’Donnell for the win. Paul Amey and Balazs Csoke will also be pressing for a podium spot.
Linsey Corbin Jessie Donavan Tenille Hoogland Nina Kraft Leslie LaMacchia Kim Loeffler Amanda lovato Mandy McLane Ariane Monticeli Erica Urquiola Radka Vodickova Jenny Fletcher Magali Tisseyre
Magali Tisseyre has a good chance of winning tomorrow’s race, but will have to fight off Kelly Williamson who also figures to be right there. There are several other great women pros in this race who have a legitimate chance at the podium. Nina Kraft will also be tough in this race if she is on her game.
It is Tenille Hoogland who leads the four swimmers from the lead pack of female pros out of the water. Radka Vodickova was right with her and Kelly williamson and Nina Kraft just seconds behind.
A second group of four was led out of the water by Magali Tisseyre as the pro women made their way to the swim/bike transition.
TOP 10 PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM
Hoogland, Tenille 00:25:38 Vodickova, Radka 00:25:39 Williamson, Kelly 00:25:43 Kraft, Nina 00:25:48 Tisseyre, Magali 00:27:18 Fletcher, Jenny 00:27:52 McLane, Mandy 00:27:57 Corbin, Linsey 00:27:54 Monticeli, Arian 00:30:13 Lovato, Amanda 00:30:15
In the pro men’s race it was Timothy O’Donnell putting his stamp on the race early as he came out of the water first with Edgardo Velez and Alex Zeebrock right behind him.
A group of 5 more pro men were further back behind the three leaders. The tenth place pro man in the swim with a time of 25:43 was Leon Griffin and Leon was just 2:03 behind the leader, so all in all it was a tightly knitted field at they headed out onto the bike course.
TOP 10 PRO MEN WOMEN IN THE SWIM
Odonnell, Timothy 00:23:42 Velez, Edgardo 00:23:45 Zeebroek, Axel 00:23:53 Csoke, Balazs 00:24:43 Lyatskiy, Andrey 00:24:46 Amey, Paul 00:24:47 Billard, Bertrand 00:24:48 Castillo, Andres 00:24:59 Lovato, Michael 00:25:43 Griffin, Leon 00:25:45
THE IRONMAN SAN JUAN 70.3 BIKE COURSE
As the bike leg unfolded it became apparent that Linsey Corbin was the strongest pro woman cyclist on this day as she took over the lead despite being over two minutes behind the leader after the swim.
Kelly Williamson was second heading out onto the run course and she was followed by Radka Vodickova, Tenille Hoogland, and Magali Tisseyre.
On the pro men side it was race favorite Timothy O’Donnell who maintained the lead going into the run. Alex Zeebroek had the fastest bike leg of the day of 2:05:50 and was third behind Leon Griffin.
IRONMAN SAN JUAN 70.3 RUN
There was no catching Timothy O’Donnell on this day as he led from wire to wire and is the winner of Ironman San Juan 70.3 with a time of 3:5:52.
Leon Griffin had a strong race and held onto second place in 3:53:08 and Axel Zeebroek was third in 3:54:56.
TOP TEN PRO MEN FINISHERS
Odonnell, Timothy 03:51:32 Griffin, Leon 03:53:08 Zeebroek, Axel 03:54:56 Lovato, Michael 03:57:54 Galindez, Oscar 03:58:46 Kriat, Maxim 04:00:01 Amey, Paul 04:03:42 Castillo, Andres 04:04:01 Shearon, Jonathan 04:06:23 Billard, Bertrand 04:06:53
Kelly Williamson took charge in the run and her 1:20:13 clocking was more than enough to give her first place for the pro women in Ironman San Juan 70.3 2012 with a time of 4:14:06.
Linsey Corbin was unable to stay with Kelly but had a strong second place finish in a time of 4:18:38.
TOP TEN PRO WOMEN FINISHERS
Williamson, Kelly 04:14:06 Corbin, Linsey 04:18:38 Vodickova, Radka 04:23:23 Tisseyre, Magali 04:26:10 Monticeli, Ariane 04:31:32 Donavan, Jessie 04:38:18 Kraft, Nina 04:39:48 Lovato, Amanda 04:41:34 Fletcher, Jenny 04:42:26 McLane, Mandy 04:44:41