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  • The top three women:
    1 21 BENZ SIMONE FEMENIL Elite Female Y(Y) 09:14:08
    2 50 TAJSICH SONJA FEMENIL Elite Female Y(Y) 09:23:15
    3 51 DE GROOTE SOPHIE FEMENIL Elite Female Y(Y) 09:26:07
  • A women's marathon record:
    Nicole Benz's women’s-best 4:55:47 bike split today was no match for Tyler Stewarts’ bike course record of 4:47:24 set last year, but Sonja Tajsich's 3:02:54 marathon split was faster than Yvonne Van Vlerken's 3:08:04 course record.

    The course record here is Van Vlerken's 9:06:58 set in 2009.
  • Sonja Tajsich had a flat tire out on the bike course, which explains how she lost some time during the third loop of the bike.
  • A first Ironman podium ... Nicole Benz wins Ford Ironman Cozumel

  • Sophie De Groote couldn't hold off Sonja Tajsich for second, but still managed an impressive third place finish - one that she obviously worked for!

  • Terra Castro got across the line in fourth in a time of 9:39:35. Behind her in fifth was Kristin Andrews, who came across the line in 9:42:14.
  • It's been a day full of all kinds of weather - hot sun, wind, rain, really hard rain, more sun and, now, a gentle sprinkle! That will probably cool people down out on the run course, though!
  • Our top age group male today was Antonio Ferreira Da Silva, who took the men's 30-34 age group in 8:56:38. Behind him in that group were:
    FAVRE, FRANCKY 32/3/2 34/Male 30-34 D 00:58:37 04:54:33 03:22:57 09:23:22
    SCHREIBER, STEFAN 15/4/3 31/Male 30-34 D 00:54:40 05:00:25 03:23:11 09:23:51
    PICHARDO, ALFREDO 81/9/4 34/Male 30-34 D 01:04:15 05:00:15 03:17:21 09:28:18
    TOOTELL, JARED 14/15/5 34/Male 30-34 D 00:54:25 05:14:37 03:14:23 09:29:40
  • We've got two men across in men's 18-24 - and it was a close race for the win!
    ROEDER, PETER 4/1/1 24/Male 18-24 B 00:58:40 05:17:49 03:30:24 09:54:57
    DORN, CAMERON 6/2/2 23/Male 18-24 B 01:01:38 05:25:06 03:21:33 09:56:25
  • Here are the top-5 from men's 25-29:
    CLEMENTE, BONIECK 2/2/1 28/Male 25-29 C 00:48:46 05:03:59 03:35:34 09:33:12
    SANCHEZ, MAURICIO 54/12/2 29/Male 25-29 C 01:08:02 05:12:18 03:15:54 09:42:12
    JEPPESEN, KENNETH 26/9/3 26/Male 25-29 C 01:01:45 05:16:51 03:27:13 09:52:12
    EBERT, HENRIQUE 5/5/4 26/Male 25-29 C 00:51:25 05:17:21 03:36:44 09:56:34
    BARBOSA, WILLIAM 7/15/5 28/Male 25-29 C 00:52:59 05:31:42 03:34:05 10:04:53
  • Eight minutes separated the top five in men's 35-39 - it took 9:05 to win that category today:
    ALFARO, FERNANDO 3/7/1 37/Male 35-39 E 00:49:06 05:08:12 03:03:24 09:05:01
    ROSAS, JAVIER 2/2/2 37/Male 35-39 E 00:49:05 05:01:52 03:11:05 09:07:12
    HAGEN, BERND 40/6/3 37/Male 35-39 E 00:59:30 04:52:59 03:10:11 09:09:20
    ENTRAYGUES, EDOUARD 1/1/4 39/Male 35-39 E 00:49:00 04:39:39 03:28:07 09:10:55
    CORDOVEZ, PEDRO 16/3/5 36/Male 35-39 E 00:55:25 04:56:14 03:16:40 09:13:06
  • Former cycling great Laurent Jalabert continues his impressive Ironman ways - he finished second in men's 40-44 today:
    DEFOOR, STEVE 7/6/1 40/Male 40-44 F 00:54:31 05:09:23 03:10:56 09:20:16
    JALABERT, LAURENT 56/1/2 43/Male 40-44 F 01:04:05 04:31:28 03:34:46 09:25:50
    FIGARI, VLADIMIR 36/7/3 40/Male 40-44 F 01:01:46 05:02:34 03:24:46 09:34:15
    JACOBSEN, OLE 2/8/4 42/Male 40-44 F 00:52:31 05:11:46 03:27:48 09:37:35
    CONDE, SERGIO 62/16/5 41/Male 40-44 F 01:04:37 05:00:35 03:26:38 09:39:59
  • Another close age group - some speedy guys competed in men's 45-49 today:
    TRAUGER, TOM 3/2/1 48/Male 45-49 G 00:54:45 05:04:55 03:29:52 09:34:30
    FRENCH, JOHN 62/17/2 48/Male 45-49 G 01:08:52 05:11:42 03:18:46 09:45:21
    BOUVIER, ARNAUD 14/5/3 45/Male 45-49 G 01:00:36 05:12:16 03:27:29 09:47:13
    SUNNERS, JAMES 27/1/4 48/Male 45-49 G 01:03:12 04:54:40 03:45:34 09:49:16
    BOEHMER, BERNHARD 51/9/5 45/Male 45-49 G 01:07:01 05:09:30 03:27:51 09:50:57
  • The men's 50-54 almost saw a sub-10 hour winning time today. Impressive racing!
    LAUK, JOERN 4/2/1 51/Male 50-54 H 00:58:44 05:09:41 03:42:57 10:01:56
    FISCH, GILBERT 2/1/2 54/Male 50-54 H 00:54:27 05:12:53 04:02:39 10:16:24
    GAULIN, MYLES 40/8/3 51/Male 50-54 H 01:12:35 05:22:04 03:36:25 10:19:04
    ZELEZNIKAR, JANKO 7/6/4 50/Male 50-54 H 01:02:57 05:22:33 03:50:34 10:22:33
    GALLO, OSCAR JOSE 9/5/5 54/Male 50-54 H 01:03:30 05:23:04 04:01:25 10:33:46
  • Andrea Geier took the women's 25-29 category in impressive style today:
    GEIER, ANDREA 2/2/1 28/Female 25-29 P 00:52:59 05:28:09 03:48:00 10:15:11
    TRIMBLE, LAURA 23/4/2 29/Female 25-29 P 01:07:55 05:19:45 03:44:51 10:20:06
    MAZER, SAMANTHA 3/7/3 26/Female 25-29 P 00:55:53 05:40:39 03:35:13 10:20:16
    MATA, CRISTINA 9/6/4 25/Female 25-29 P 01:01:28 05:33:27 03:52:10 10:31:30
    ADAM, LINDSAY 1/3/5 26/Female 25-29 P 00:52:40 05:32:12 04:10:33 10:40:45
  • What a race for the women's 30-34 title - it took a sub-10 to get it!
    KENNEY, CHRISTINE 23/8/1 33/Female 30-34 Q 01:06:11 05:30:29 03:14:37 09:57:59
    WIECK, SONJA 4/4/2 32/Female 30-34 Q 00:58:22 05:30:39 03:27:16 10:00:33
    SYKOROVA, HANA 11/6/3 32/Female 30-34 Q 01:02:39 05:26:49 03:38:18 10:14:41
    ZELTNER, TAMARA 10/5/4 34/Female 30-34 Q 01:02:37 05:27:05 03:37:46 10:15:23
    ROCHE, MELISSA 25/10/5 30/Female 30-34 Q 01:06:42 05:34:02 03:35:40 10:27:12
  • Are you kidding me? Just three seconds separated the women's 35-39 age group, with Elke Vanrenterghem, Marino Vanhoenacker's wife, coming second by just three ticks of the watch!

    FRANK, RICHELE 19/4/1 37/Female 35-39 R 01:07:47 05:23:19 03:39:31 10:18:52
    VANRENTERGHEM, ELKE 6/2/2 37/Female 35-39 R 01:01:43 05:28:23 03:42:05 10:18:55
    SIMPSON, SHARLEY 25/6/3 39/Female 35-39 R 01:08:33 05:40:21 03:30:55 10:26:43
    MOEHLE, DANY 11/3/4 36/Female 35-39 R 01:06:16 05:22:52 03:52:25 10:29:13
    SCHAERRER, KEENA 13/1/5 39/Female 35-39 R 01:06:39 05:22:00 03:58:16 10:33:40
  • Another quick age group - Women's 40-44 saw a 10:03 time for the winner, Peggy Yetman:

    YETMAN, PEGGY 7/4/1 43/Female 40-44 S 01:03:14 05:26:21 03:26:41 10:03:37
    GLUCK, ALISON AMY 10/3/2 40/Female 40-44 S 01:06:25 05:22:21 03:48:29 10:24:14
    HARARI, LOTTY 9/1/3 41/Female 40-44 S 01:05:56 05:14:28 03:58:16 10:25:28
    KONDRATAVICIUS, NIDIA 1/5/4 40/Female 40-44 S 00:52:53 05:40:03 03:51:20 10:29:31
    DRUMMOND, CRYSTAL 2/2/5 42/Female 40-44 S 00:55:55 05:33:24 04:15:36 10:51:30
  • Just three women have finished in 45-49 so far - they are:
  • WIGGINS, BETH 4/3/1 46/Female 45-49 T 01:06:02 05:24:46 04:01:46 10:38:34
    DUEGER, ERICA 7/5/2 47/Female 45-49 T 01:08:10 05:39:44 03:53:30 10:48:26
    FAVALE, ERMINIA 24/4/3 48/Female 45-49 T 01:17:52 05:20:40 04:06:43 10:52:14
  • We should be seeing Luis Alvarez come across the line soon - the Mexican business man has done every single Ironman in the world (which got him recognized by the folks at the Guinness Book of World Records). He's also doing his 82nd Ironman here today!
  • John Wragg, the Canadian who is competing in his 130th Ironman today, is out on the run course. He was hit by a car a few years ago that required hip surgery - a replaced hip, no less - so he now needs to walk the marathon when he does an Ironman. He's got about 30 km of walking still to go, but has six hours to do it, so he should get number 130 out of the way today. His girlfriend, Elizabeth Model, is competing in her 30th Ironman today. She's a little ahead of John at this point.
  • Sarah Crew just came over the line a few minutes ago to win the 50-54 age group - she was the fastest in all three disciplines on her way to an 11:02.
  • The men's 55-59 champion went under 11 hours today!

    MEZA, JUANCARLOS 3/2/1 55/Male 55-59 I 00:58:22 05:29:15 04:01:57 10:37:36
  • Two men are done in the men's 60-64 category:
  • Two men are done in the men's 60-64 category:
    DOMONEY, CHRISTOPHER 7/2/1 62/Male 60-64 J 01:16:23 05:35:25 04:18:01 11:16:45
    VRASTIL, MIROSLAV 4/1/2 60/Male 60-64 J 01:12:42 05:33:52 04:39:03 11:34:54
  • Celebrating the big win with some champagne!

  • We've had a couple of men finish in the 65- 69 category so far this evening:
    PROPSERI, LUCIANO --/--/1 66/Male 65-69 K 00:00:00 00:00:00 13:08:54 13:08:54
    SPRINGER, JOERG 2/1/2 65/Male 65-69 K 01:23:38 06:36:29 05:17:46 13:29:09
  • The top three in the women's 55-59 category:
  • BAUMGARTEN, ELIZABETH 3/1/1 55/Female 55-59 V 01:16:24 06:26:03 04:56:11 13:02:06
    PENNEY, BARBARA 2/3/2 55/Female 55-59 V 01:12:00 06:54:58 04:56:20 13:15:36
    HONEYCUTT, D'ARCY 4/2/3 55/Female 55-59 V 01:16:33 06:41:12 06:15:06 14:29:07
  • Carol Davenport will be Kona-bound next year - she won the women's 60-64 category today:
    DAVENPORT, CAROL 1/1/1 60/Female 60-64 Z 01:20:16 06:50:16 05:14:08 13:38:38
  • This is unreal - look at all the men who have finished in 70-74 here today - in these tough humid and windy conditions! Way to go, gentlemen:
    HOENIG, ADALBERT 2/2/1 72/Male 70 y + 01:18:07 06:32:37 05:20:05 13:26:14
    VON SCHRADER, GEORG 4/5/2 74/Male 70 y + 01:24:00 06:43:53 05:09:55 13:36:01
    QUARLES, GREYSON 3/1/3 70/Male 70 y + 01:20:59 06:03:49 05:56:39 13:42:04
    LITTLE, ROGER 5/3/4 71/Male 70 y + 01:28:44 06:41:51 05:18:44 13:45:30
    GLASS, HOWARD 6/6/5 70/Male 70 y + 01:32:43 06:52:59 05:27:12 14:16:04
    NAKANO, SHOJI 1/4/6 70/Male 70 y + 01:16:48 06:54:19 06:00:15 14:26:10
  • The wind has really started to pick up at the finish line now, making it a challenge for the crew and volunteers here to hold things together. They're hanging in, though - they love this race here in Cozumel!
  • Congrats to Heather Campbell. Last night she was about the most nervous person on the island as she tried to get a good night sleep before her first Ironman. She got it done today - 14:06:57. Great job.
  • The wind continues to howl here at the finish line. We're at 1693 finishers - 1,902 started this morning. Athlete tracking will continue through 'till midnight. Thanks for joining us here today for all the exciting racing at the third running of Ford Ironman Cozumel.
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