On December 9, 2012 Busselton, West Australia had the honor of being the last WTC full Ironman race of the year. There was quite a bit of local talent and going into the race there were many of them who were quite capable of taking top spot on the podium in the Ironman Western Australia results 2012.
The West Australia course is considered by many to be one of the fastest in the WTC family of Ironman races. As usual, the race sold out quickly as many triathletes love the scenic course, the local hospitality, and also wanted the opportunity to try for a personal best.
The 2.4-mile swim was a deep-water start and once out of the water the triathletes started their 112-mile bike journey over the super-flat and fast three loop course.
From there it was the 4-loop, spectator-friendly 26.2-mile run course left to maneuver.
In the pro men division Timo Bracht from Germany is a late entry and was in Busselton to defend his title, however going into the race it looked very much like Jason Shortis and Matty White would be serious contenders for the victory in Ironman Western Australia 2012.
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ANDERSON, Mitchell BILLEAU, Simon BORG, Johan BRACHT, Timo CARTER, Brett COCHRANE, Simon COTTER, Ben DZALAJ, Karol GORDON, Adam HAWKINS, Paul HIRAMATSU, Kodo JOHNSEN, Jimmy KUWABARA, Hirotsugu MUELLER, Daniel NIEDERREITER, Daniel REICHEL, Horst RIX, Josh SCHIFFERLE, Mike SHINOZAKI, Yu SHORTIS, Jason VABROUSEK, Petr WHITE, Matty WOODS, Jon
For the women it really looked like going into the race it would Rebekah Keat, Britta Marin, and Nicole Ward who would be fighting it out for top spot on the podium. Bree Wee of Hawaii also figured highly for a podium spot.
CARRITT, Joanna HARPER, Belinda HOSCHKE, Rebecca KEAT, Rebekah LANE, Renee MARTIN, Britta SHIGAKI, Megumi WAGNER, Dana WARD, Nicole WEE, Bree WEERD, Mirjam
It was Horst Reichel leading the way out of the water and into the swim/bike transition for the pro men with a time of 48:50. There was a gap of about three minutes to a group of five including two pre-race favorites, Matty White and Timo Bracht.
TOP TEN PRO MEN IN THE SWIM
REICHEL, Horst...........00:48:50 RIX, Josh................00:51:41 NIEDERREITER, Daniel.....00:51:46 WHITE, Matty.............00:51:49 JOHNSEN, Jimmy...........00:51:51 BRACHT, Timo.............00:51:58 COCHRANE, Simon..........00:53:39 KUWABARA, Hirotsugu......00:53:52 ANDERSON, Mitchell.......00:53:53 GORDON, Adam.............00:53:55
The swim times were quite a bit closer for the pro women and all included all the pre-race favorites. Rebekah Keat led the way with a 53:58 swim, but four women were all within 15 seconds of her.
TOP TEN PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM
KEAT, Rebekah............00:53:58 WEERD, Mirjam............00:54:02 WARD, Nicole.............00:54:03 WEE, Bree................00:54:04 HARPER, Belinda..........00:54:11 LANE, Renee..............00:58:16 SHIGAKI, Megumi..........00:58:17 MARTIN, Britta...........01:02:13 HOSCHKE, Rebecca.........01:02:44 WAGNER, Dana.............01:04:18
Things did not start out well for Timo Bracht as he had a flat tire to deal with at the 20k mark of the bike course.
At 50k he was 18 minutes back of the leader Horst Reicel who had a 2:30 lead over a chase pack that included Billeau followed by Anderson, White, Dzalaj and Johnsen. Jason Shortis received a four-minute penalty on the bike course and it left him some catching up to do on the run.
At 100k it was Mitchell Anderson taking over the lead with White, Rix, Billeau and Dzalaj close behind and Reichel slipping behind the lead chase pack. At 140k Anderson began to break away from the others.
Anderson posted a 4:30:40 time for the bike and took the lead into the marathon. Considering there was a strong cross-wind to deal with, it was an excellent bike split.
Billeau was second off the bike followed by Reichel, Dzalaj, White and Johnsen. At the 15k mark Matty White had the lead over Reichel by 20 seconds and Johnsen by 1:40. Timo
Bracht was 23 minutes off the lead at this point due to mechanical failures on the bike.
In the last stages of the marathon it was Jimmy Johnsen who had the most left and charged to the front and never looked back and is the 2012 Ironman Western Australia champion with a time of 8:29:06.
This was his first Ironman victory and was quite an accomplishment as just two weeks before he was 11th place in Ironman Cozumel.
Horst Reichel fought his way into second place and Matty White finished third just in front of Jason Shortis. Missing from the equation was Timo Bracht who never did recover from mechanical problems on the bike.
TOP TEN PRO MEN
JOHNSEN, Jimmy Denmark 00:51:51 04:38:38 02:54:42 08:29:06 REICHEL, Horst Germany 00:48:50 04:39:52 03:01:50 08:34:49 WHITE, Matty Australia 00:51:49 04:38:29 03:03:57 08:38:05 SHORTIS, Jason Australia 00:53:56 04:42:11 02:58:19 08:38:30 VABROUSEK, Petr Czech Republic 00:54:02 04:42:10 03:01:37 08:41:47 BORG, Johan Australia 00:57:08 04:38:53 03:03:45 08:43:55 COTTER, Ben Canada 01:00:59 04:35:45 03:07:52 08:48:45 BILLEAU, Simon France 00:54:03 04:34:30 03:18:55 08:51:18 GORDON, Adam New Zealand 00:53:55 04:47:35 03:09:05 08:54:33 DZALAJ, Karol Slovakia 00:54:05 04:36:03 03:20:35 08:55:11
Early on in the bike the two leaders for the women were Mirkam Weerd and Bree Wee, but it was Bree Wee of Hawaii taking over the lead from Weerd at the 110k mark with Rebekah keat two minutes further back.
Bree Wee was first onto the run course for the pro women and posted a time of 4:58:58 on the bike. Weerd was four minutes back and Keat was four minutes behind her.
It was Keat who took over the lead and began to pull away from Bree Wee, but at 33k in the run Britta Martin became a serious threat and at that stage was only 1:24 behind Keat.
Great race for the pro women. With just 3k to go Britta Martin passed Rebekah Keat and took over the top spot and quickly began to create a gap.
There was no stopping Britta Martin as she continued to increase the lead as they got nearer to the finish line and she crossed the finish line first to become the 2012 Ironman Western Australia champion for the pro women.
Rebekah Keat had another great race but just fell a bit short at the end and settled for second. Rebecca Hoschke of Australia finished in third spot.
TOP NINE PRO WOMEN
MARTIN, Britta New Zealand 01:02:13 05:00:11 03:06:10 09:13:00 KEAT, Rebekah Australia 00:53:58 05:03:44 03:11:57 09:14:39 HOSCHKE, Rebecca Australia 01:02:44 05:03:28 03:09:26 09:19:48 WEE, Bree United States 00:54:04 04:58:59 03:26:59 09:24:40 WEERD, Mirjam Netherlands 00:54:02 05:02:14 03:24:12 09:25:48 WARD, Nicole Australia 00:54:03 05:22:03 03:23:13 09:43:29 SHIGAKI, Megumi Japan 00:58:17 05:22:02 03:33:57 09:58:58 CARRITT, Joanna United Kingdom 01:08:44 05:11:48 03:43:41 10:09:14 WAGNER, Dana Germany 01:04:18 05:26:39 05:42:42 12:20:42