Ironman South Africa 70.3 Results 2012

Ironman South Africa 70.3 2012 promised to be a highly competitive race and the Ironman South Africa 70.3 Results 2012 confirmed that it indeed was.

It is one of the largest 70.3 races in the world with some 3000 athletes from all over the world entered in the race.

This race features five waves with the pros leaving first and the team entries leaving in the fifth wave.

THE SWIM

The 1.2 mile swim takes place in the ocean and it looks like wetsuits will be legal for this race as water temperatures are expected to be in between 17 degrees and 24.5 degrees C.

Swim Course


In the event the water temperatures at race start happens to be over 24.5, then wetsuits would not be allowed.

The swim is counter-clockwise and and there will be 3 left-hand turns until the last turn where the swimmers will turn right for the final 200 meters to the finish of the swim and the swim/bike transition area.

The cut-off time for the swim is one hour and 10 minutes.

THE BIKE COURSE

The bike course is one 90k loop. This bike course might just be the great equalizer for those who are normally a bit behind coming out of the water.

It features a lengthy climb and there is always a good chance that wind and heat could become a big factor in this race.

The cut-off time for the bike is 4 hours and 5 minutes and those who do not make the cut-off time will not be allowed to start the run course.

THE RUN COURSE

The run course is two loops and athletes will leave the bike/run transition area and run past the Orient Theater and turn right towards the pier. and after a short stretch will run past the finish line before heading out along the Esplanade.

The turn for the start of the second lap takes the runners past the finish line chute once again before heading out for the final stage of the race.

There should be plenty of crowd support for the athletes considering the configuration of the run course.

The cut-off time for the run is 3 hours and 15 minutes.

PRO MEN

	
CSOKE, Balazs
DAVIDSON, Michael
DE BRUIN, Gerhard
FREEMAN, Bryn
HORNER, Kent
JAMESON, Joel
JOHNSTON, Travis
LAMPRET, Freddy
MCCRYSTAL, Bryan
MLINAR, Markus
NEVES, Nuno
PASSUELLO, Domenico
SCHILDKNECHT, Ronnie
STERK, Nicolaas
TARKOWSKI, Jeff
THRELFAL, Mark
VAN DER MEER, Edo
VANHOENACKER, Marino

What a great field of male pros. Marino Vanhoenacker, Ronnie Schildknecht, Balazs Csoke and Kent Horner are all top-tier pros who will be challenging each other for the top of the podium in this years race.

Marino Vanhoenacker is a six-time Ironman Austria champion and is no stranger to the top spot on the podium. However he had a poor result in the Ironman World Championships in Kona and did not finish the year on a great note. It remains to be seen how he rebounds in his first race since Hawaii.

Marino is a strong cyclist and this challenging bike course should be perfect for him to perhaps grab the lead before heading out on the run course.

Ronnie Schildknecht from Switzerland might provide the biggest challenge on race day. He has spent two weeks in South Africa to acclimatise himself for race-day conditions.

Balazs Csoke from Hungary was fourth in last years race and will be hunting for a podium spot.

Unfortunately Raynard Tissink withdrew for the race. He would have been a favorite to challenge for the win.

My pick to win this race is Ronnie Schildknecht as it seems he may be in the best condition and has keyed on this race.

PRO WOMEN

BIJ DE VAATE, Heleen
DE LANGE, Riana
DECKERS, Tine
GORRIE, Natasha
HIGNETT, Susie
HORNER, Claire
STEYN, Andrea
SWALLOW, Jodie
VAN DER MERWE, Natasha
ZELENKOVA, Lucie

In the race for to spot for the pro women, Jodie Swallow, Tine Deckers and Lucie Zelenkova appear to be the pre-race favorites.

Lucie Zelenkova will be the local favorite for the women in this race and should have plenty of support.

The Czech pro triathlete has become an adopted South African and has managed to gain great support at both Ironman 70.3 South Africa and Ironman South Africa. Lucie finished in fourth place in 2011 and will have her sights set on a podium spot this year.

A possible dark horse might be South Africa’s Andrea Steyn.

Perhaps the most interesting story among the pros in this years race is Natasha Gorrie.

She is just turning pro this year after winning her age-group in this race every year since it’s inaugural event in 2008.

I believe Jodie Swallow will come away with the win in this years version of Ironman South Africa 70.3. We will know soon as the race is just hours away.

RACE DAY

The worst part about covering a race from South Africa when you live in North America is that it ends at about 3 a.m. our time.

There was not a lot of surprise as far as the swim for the women went. As predicted Jody Swallow put her stamp on the race early and stormed to the lead. She was followed by Luci Zelenkolva.

For the men it was Edo Van Der Meer and Balazs Csoke leading the charge.

TOP FIVE WOMEN IN THE SWIM

1) Jodie Swallow................. 00:26:56
2) Lucie Zelenkova............... 00:28:42
3) Andrea Steyn.................. 00:31:17
4) Riana De Lange................ 00:31:21
5) Claire Horner................. 00:32:14

TOP FIVE MEN IN THE SWIM

 
1) Edo Van Der Meer.............. 00:26:29
2) Balazs Csoke.................. 00:26:30
3) Mark Threlfall................ 00:26:31
4) Kent Horner................... 00:26:31
5) Marino Vanhoenacker........... 00:27:01

On the bike course the lead cyclists were about an hour in when Marino Vanhoenacker took over the lead from local pro Kent Horner.

My pick to win for the men, Ronnie Schidknecht was right with Marino at this point on the bike course.

Nothing changed with the top two women that led coming out of the water. By the time the bikers reached the third aid station it was still Jody Swallow leading Lucie Zelekova by a good margin.

It was shaping up to be one of those days when Jody might lead the race from start to finish.

Even after having a tire puncture half-way through the bike course Vanhoenacker managed to hang on to over a 3-minute lead over Edo Van Meer as Schidknecht slipped to third.

Marino Vanhoenacker continued to pull away in the bike and hit the run course with over a 6-minute lead.

TOP FIVE MEN TO BEGIN THE RUN

1) Marino Vanhoenacker
2) Ronnie Schildkneckt
3) Domenico Passuello
4) Kent Horner
5) Mark Threlfall

TOP FIVE WOMEN TO BEGIN THE RUN

1) Jodie Swallow
2) Lucie Zelenkova
3) Tine Deckers
4) Claire Horner
5) Natasha Gorrie

Marino Vanhoenacker

Marino and Jodie were never threatened on the run course and extended their leads over the second place finishers.

Marino Vanhoenacker is the winner of Ironman South Africa 2012 with a spectacular time of 4:06:25 and is over a full six minutes ahead of Ronnie Schildkneckt.

It looks like he was on a mission after having a disappointing result in Kona in the World Championships to finish off the 2011 season. Now Marino is well on his way in the race for championship points for the 2012 Worlds.

It looks like he will be a force to be reckoned with once again this year and it should be interesting to see what kind of results he puts together in the Ironman this year.

I suppose Marino was the obvious choice to win, but I picked Ronnie Schildkneckt before the race. From the information I could gather he seemed to be keying on this race and appeared ready for a big win and I was not sure about Marino.

The excellent effort by Ronnie Schildkneckt would have won many Ironman 70.3 races, but he came up against a Mariano who is obviously at the top of his game.

I wasn’t sure if Marino was quite there yet. Now I know.

TOP TEN MEN AT THE FINISH

1)Marino Vanhoenacker............... 04:06:25
2)Ronnie Schildknecht............... 04:12:56
3)Domenico Passuello................ 04:18:37
4)Mark Threlfall.................... 04:19:46
5)Kent Horner....................... 04:21:34
6)Joe Jameson....................... 04:22:45
7)Edo Van Der Meer.................. 04:26:20
8)Balazs Csoke...................... 04:29:56
9)Michael Davidson.................. 04:32:21
10)Freddy Lampret................... 04:33:42

The race for the top spot among the pro women was also never really in doubt.

Jodie Swallow


Jodie Swallow was a force today and had a sensational race and topped the Ironman South Africa results 2012 quite handily with almost a 7 minute lead at the finish line.

Lucie Zelenkova gave the locals lots to cheer about as she was a strong second for most of the race.

Tine Deckers also had a solid performance and rounded out the podium for the pro women.

Natasha Gorrie who was in her first ever pro race acquitted herself will and took 6th place for the women.

She will bear watching as an up and coming pro in future Ironman races. She held her own with some very experienced pro women.

I sort of thought Andrea Steyn would have a better finish time but you never know what can happen out on an Ironman course and perhaps she ran into bike problems.

Jodie was the obvious pick to win this race and did just that with a wire-to-wire win that is difficult to do with the level of competition in the Pro Ironman world. Great job!

TOP TEN WOMEN AT THE FINISH

1)Jodie Swallow..................... 04:39:01
2)Lucie Zelenkova................... 04:43:56
3)Tine Deckers...................... 04:46:13
4)Claire Horner..................... 04:51:39
5)Susie Hignitt..................... 05:02:02
6)Natasha Gorrie.................... 05:02:37
7)Heleen Bij De Vaate............... 05:13:04
8)Riana De Lange.................... 05:13:04
9)Andrea Steyn...................... 05:21:07
10)Natasha Van Der Merwe............ 05:25:04

AGE GROUP RESULTS-WOMEN(top ten)

WOMEN 18-24

SEYMOUR, Jeanni......................05:00:58
HOOKE, Jade..........................05:33:47
POLYDOROU, Victoria..................05:36:45
VAN HEERDEN, Natia...................05:55:46
EVANS, Kirsten.......................06:01:29
SMITH, Chloe.........................06:06:50
MANTHE, Faye.........................06:10:13
KLEE, Robynne........................06:11:04
FERGUSON, Tarry......................06:16:21
LOUW, Adri...........................06:21:28

WOMEN 25-29

VAN DER MERWE, Lynette...............05:04:48
BERG, Corinne........................05:09:39
MARKHAM, Tracy-Lee...................05:22:43
AXSEL, Cherry-Lee....................05:33:27
DRIVER, Nicole.......................05:34:41
MARCH, Kate..........................05:38:09
RAWLINSON, Alice.....................05:38:26
FELDMANN, Daneil.....................05:41:55
ROBERTSON, Tennille0.................5:42:51
MOLLER, Teresa.......................05:43:11

***Congratulations to Annah Watkinson who’s time of 04:58:38 was the fastest time posted by age-group women.

WOMEN 30-34

WATKINSON, Annah.....................04:58:38
FERREIRA, Samantha...................05:03:47
VAN ZYL, Michelle....................05:10:53
BRIGHT, Liza.........................05:15:41
REEVES, Carol........................05:21:30
SOUTHGATE, Karyn.....................05:25:15
GOUWS, Patricia......................05:26:17
DU PLESSIS, Berlize..................05:32:03
BOYD, Sonja..........................05:39:24
WYATT, Alyna.........................05:41:53

WOMEN 35-39

KOEKEMOER, Martha....................05:15:46
SPONG, Samantha......................05:17:30
WRIGHT, Daniela......................05:19:24
NOADES, Belinda......................05:28:55
PENNEY, Terri-Lynn...................05:36:17
WATERWORTH, Sally....................05:37:36
POPPESQOU, Wendy.....................05:41:20
VERCUIEL, Erika......................05:42:46
MELVILLE, Melanie....................05:47:33
WEGE, Marina.........................05:47:48

WOMEN 40-44

BARRY, Lorraine......................05:22:57
SWART, Celeste.......................05:36:02
ZULBERG, Jodi........................05:36:57
STAAL, Michelle......................05:39:02
VAN DE VENTER, Adele.................05:41:17
DOVEY, Kim...........................05:41:39
LONGHURST, Kerry.....................05:45:54
LEBOS, Nicola........................05:48:15
MCLEOD, Joanne.......................05:50:52
KENNEDY, Lauren......................05:51:48

WOMEN 45-49

HATTINGH, Mariette..................05:40:42
PETERKIN, Sue.......................05:44:09
CLAASEN, Christine..................05:49:16
WYK, Bettina........................05:59:43
JANSEN, Heidi.......................06:06:18
VAN DER RIET, Genelle...............06:11:13
VAN NOORDWYK, Elma..................06:11:40
BRENNER, Yvonne.....................06:27:48
SCHEEF, Heike.......................06:30:03
OWEN, Lizette.......................06:32:25

WOMEN 50-54

WILLIAMS, Vivienne..................05:16:01
THOMSON, Pat........................05:41:16
BAKER, Bev..........................06:11:47
FRITZ, Ilse.........................06:28:40
TODD, Terry.........................06:34:29
COETZEE, Joanie.....................06:41:53
STEYN, Annelize.....................06:56:36
HORSCROFT, Sarah-Jane...............06:58:57
WYLIE, Joanie.......................07:03:23
VAN WYK, Janice.....................07:14:49

WOMEN 55-59

WOOD, Lesley........................06:12:10
MITCHELL, Jacqueline................06:40:23
JENNINGS, Dellene...................06:57:19
OLSHANSKY, Iris.....................07:00:21
BEZUIDENHOUT, Hendra................07:08:18
CHARTERS, Beverley..................07:30:44
PUTTER, Benice......................07:50:17

WOMEN 60-64

Althea BACCHIALONI……………..7:27:01

AGE GROUP RESULTS-MEN(top ten)

MEN 18-24

WEISS, Bradley.....................04:46:37
EDMISTON, Grant....................04:49:52
VAN HEERDEN, Antoine...............04:51:26
OLSHANSKY, Yonatan.................04:59:06
MATTHYSEN, Nardus..................05:00:17
VAN NIEKERK, Handre................05:04:58
CHAMBERS, Luke.....................05:12:54
DOUGALL, Simon.....................05:13:13
GIBB, Haig.........................05:14:40
EDWARDS, Brad......................05:17:23

MEN 25-29

ALERS, Craig.......................04:42:25
HARRINGTON, Gareth.................04:42:55
JANSSENS, Wim......................04:46:53
CANNON, Michael....................04:50:03
HOWITZ, Dan........................04:50:34
BESTER, Michael....................04:51:57
HODGSON, Michael...................04:55:03
PETER, Ryan........................04:56:17
EICHSTADT, Ryan....................05:01:45
KRUGER, Johann.....................05:03:27
***Congratulations to Raoul De Jongh who's time of 4:31:38 would have put him in with the top ten pros in Ironman South Africa 70.3 2012. MEN 30-34
DE JONGH, Raoul....................04:31:38
GOODALL, Greg......................04:44:16
VISSER, Dawid......................04:47:40
KENNEDY, Rohan.....................04:50:29
VENTER, Bradley....................04:51:53
ROOS, Marsel.......................04:55:38
**7th place appears to be missing. Let me know if you know who it is.
DU PLESSIS, Brand..................04:59:47
MEEKIN, Liam.......................05:00:51
MUTLOW, Kevin......................05:03:33

MEN 35-39


SPONG, Jason......................04:34:52
PETTITT, Steven...................04:45:50
PELLEW, Mark......................04:47:39
ASHWORTH, JustiN..................04:51:30
KOCH, Ross........................04:53:54
BEECHER, George...................04:57:52
FOYN, Warren......................04:57:54
DE VILLIERS, Louis................04:58:14
EDWARDS, Graeme...................04:58:20
LABUSCHAGNE, David................05:00:15

MEN 40-44

SACK, Mark........................04:41:03
PREVOST, Erwan....................04:46:02
FAIRON, Michael...................04:47:03
HAND, Justin......................04:53:36
STEMMET, Johan....................04:58:44
FINLAY, Francois..................05:00:23
OTTO, Alex........................05:00:35
VORSTER, Francois.................05:01:33
VENTER, Arnin.....................05:05:09
THERON, Nicolas...................05:07:23

MEN 45-49

HOFER, Patrick....................04:47:45
BEKKER, Andre.....................04:49:25
THORNTON, Terry...................04:56:18
DE VILLIERS, Richard..............04:57:25
WOLSTENHOLME, Henry...............05:07:02
FARRER, Mike......................05:07:39
ELLIOT, Ross......................05:07:48
SMIT, Izak........................05:10:26
POOLE, Bruce......................05:11:13
EMSLIE, Francois..................05:14:12

MEN 50-54

VAN DEN BERG, Andre...............04:59:32
HERRON, Lawrence..................05:10:16
NEILL, Gary.......................05:11:00
GAUTSCHI, Martin..................05:11:50
SMUTS, Frank......................05:12:14
JONES, Evan.......................05:16:44
DU TOIT, Michael..................05:26:17
SWART, Ben........................05:26:37
MURRAY, Sean......................05:29:36
NEILL, Bruce......................05:29:52

MEN 55-59

VAN HEERDEN, Andre................05:17:36
STEELE, Roger.....................05:21:21
BOSCH, Mike.......................05:26:46
OLSHANSKY, Gil....................05:35:07
ROSENSTEIN, Dave..................05:49:23
CILLIERS, Gustaf..................05:58:04
VENTER, Peter.....................06:01:51
BARNARD, Johan....................06:04:56
ROSS-WATT, Malcolm................06:13:42
BEZUIDENHOUT, Jan.................06:15:07

MEN 60-64

BRISCOE, Tim......................05:15:15
KENNEDY, Denis....................05:35:09
COLLINS, Garth....................06:00:01
SINCLAIR, Ian.....................06:19:08
VAN DER MERWE, Abel...............06:52:46
KAVALLINEAS, Dimitri..............07:10:40
BEKKER, Chris.....................07:24:05
PIENAAR, J.B......................07:35:32
EVA, Milton.......................07:35:53
LEE, Jeremy.......................08:00:35

MEN 65-69

LOCHNER, Lochi...................06:13:25
VERREYNNE, Allan.................07:04:58
WULFSOHN, Richard................07:36:00
READING, Keith...................00:00:00
MOLLER, Lou......................00:00:00
GADDIN, Charles..................00:00:00

MEN 70-74

POOLE, Ken.......................05:47:13
KORDES, Rolf.....................00:00:00

*****Althea Bacchialoni(60-64 women), Ken Poole (70-74 men)..what an incredible performance by Ken, and Rolf Kordes(70-74 who may not have finished but made it to the start line).

I just have to say that you are an inspiration to all those in the world who think it is too late to hit the pool, get on that bike, or lace up those running shoes and get out there. Simply amazing!!

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