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  • The first 7 men through 9.7 miles of the bike:
    1 1:12:15 8 David Kahn USA
    2 1:12:56 0:41 6 Paul Matthews AUS
    3 1:12:57 0:43 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    4 1:12:59 0:44 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    5 1:13:00 0:46 46 Edo Van Der Meer NLD
    6 1:13:47 1:33 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    7 1:13:49 1:35 10 Joe Umphenour USA
  • #IMArizona- Now that's what I call service!

  • TOP 10 AG Men - Out Of Swim
    1 52:46 2545 Erik Zech USA
    2 52:51 0:05 1761 Timothy Livolsi Jr USA
    3 53:17 0:31 2186 Jon Walker USA
    4 53:40 0:54 301 Larry Hasson CAN
    5 53:56 1:10 621 Barry Plaga USA
    6 54:00 1:14 757 Michael Hepp USA
    7 54:22 1:36 833 Cj Olson USA
    8 54:40 1:55 3228 Andres Rosales USA
    9 54:52 2:07 2532 Nathan White USA
    10 54:55 2:10 2498 Monte Still USA
  • #IMArizona Erik Zech and Karleen Dirmantas were your age group swim leaders this morning.
  • #IMArizona- The amateurs head for T1

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  • Jordan Rapp won here in 2009 and used this race as his comeback event in 2011 when he was returning from a near-death bike accident. It hasn't been a normal Jordan Rapp year of racing so far, but he appears to be in great shape for today and ready to rip up this bike course. Word is he figures he can go as fast as 4:06, which would be scary fast here this morning.

    You can read about his comeback race below:
    IRONMAN Looks Back: As the pro champ prepares for Melbourne, we remember his near-fatal accident and astounding recovery.

    This article was originally published in November, 2011.

    The last thing Jordan Rapp remembers about March 23 was that he was riding really fast. He was down on his aero bars, flying along the road with the wind behind his back. He doesn’t remember when he got hit by the car. He has no recollection of naval officer Tom Sanchez rushing to his side as blood poured from his neck. He doesn’t remember Sanchez reaching into his neck and finding something pulsing there and pushing down on it.

    "You’re going to be OK," Sanchez kept saying, not really believing it himself. Rapp only came around two days later because of the pain he felt when they were taking his breathing tube out.

    Originally from:

    Jordan Rapp's Remarkable Comeback

    IRONMAN.comIRONMAN Looks Back: As the pro champ prepares for Melbourne, we remember his near-fatal accident and astounding recovery.
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  • Through 8 miles Meredith Kessler has opened up a lead of 2:46 on Amanda Stevens. Then we have:
    Carrie Lester at 3:54
    Christina Jackson @ 4:02
    Katy Blakemore @ 4:33
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  • #IMArizona Meredith Kessler on fire through the early stages of today's race - a lead of almost 3 minutes through 8 miles of the bike.
  • #IMArizona- Sunscreen service

  • #IMArizona- T1

  • #IMArizona- Amateurs are coming out in droves now.

  • Here are the top women through 9.74 miles - the woman to watch early on is Lisa Huetthaler, who came out of the water with Heather Jackson and has already pulled well clear of the American.
    1 1:18:10 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 1:21:24 3:14 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 1:22:26 4:16 84 Carrie Lester AUS
    4 1:22:40 4:30 77 Christina Jackson USA
    5 1:23:31 5:21 70 Katy Blakemore USA
    6 1:25:12 7:03 76 Malaika Homo USA
    7 1:26:17 8:08 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    8 1:27:30 9:21 91 Jessica Smith USA
    9 1:27:31 9:22 69 Heather Jackson USA
    10 1:28:33 10:23 72 Kathleen Calkins USA
    11 1:29:39 11:29 90 Laura Siddall GBR
    12 1:30:21 12:11 78 Sarah Jarvis USA
    13 1:30:29 12:19 85 Mackenzie Madison USA
    14 1:30:48 12:38 79 Danielle Kehoe USA
  • #IMArizona- Colleen Emik of the Tri la Vie tri club

  • The men's splits through the turnaround:


    1 1:36:26 6 Paul Matthews AUS
    2 1:36:31 0:05 8 David Kahn USA
    3 1:36:34 0:09 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    4 1:37:29 1:03 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    5 1:37:36 1:10 46 Edo Van Der Meer NLD
    6 1:38:27 2:02 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    7 1:39:05 2:39 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    8 1:39:09 2:43 24 Markus Fachbach DEU
    9 1:39:17 2:51 10 Joe Umphenour USA
    10 1:39:54 3:28 4 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    11 1:39:56 3:31 2 Viktor Zyemtsev UKR
    12 1:42:02 5:36 44 Oliver Simon GBR
    13 1:42:05 5:39 49 Stephan Vuckovic DEU
  • The pro women through 10 miles of the bike:
    1 1:18:10 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 1:21:24 3:14 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 1:22:26 4:16 84 Carrie Lester AUS
    4 1:22:40 4:30 77 Christina Jackson USA
    5 1:23:31 5:21 70 Katy Blakemore USA
    6 1:25:12 7:03 76 Malaika Homo USA
    7 1:26:17 8:08 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    8 1:27:30 9:21 91 Jessica Smith USA
    9 1:27:31 9:22 69 Heather Jackson USA
    10 1:28:33 10:23 72 Kathleen Calkins USA
    11 1:29:39 11:29 90 Laura Siddall GBR
    12 1:30:21 12:11 78 Sarah Jarvis USA
    13 1:30:29 12:19 85 Mackenzie Madison USA
    14 1:30:48 12:38 79 Danielle Kehoe USA
    15 1:31:41 13:32 82 Carolin Lehrieder DEU
    16 1:32:13 14:03 92 Jacqui Gordon USA
    17 1:33:33 15:23 66 Uli Bromme USA
    18 1:34:21 16:12 88 Olesya Prystayko UKR
    19 1:36:11 18:01 89 Maggie Rusch USA
  • #IMArizona- Out of T1

  • Some stats for today's race:
    There are 921 women registered for today's race, which is 29 % of the field. (There are 2,245 men registered.)
    Here's how things break down by division:
    MPRO 56 1.8%
    FPRO 29 0.9%
    PC 8 0.3%

    F18-24 13 0.4%
    F25-29 60 1.9%
    F30-34 133 4.2%
    F35-39 150 4.7%
    F40-44 174 5.5%
    F45-49 169 5.3%
    F50-54 111 3.5%
    F55-59 52 1.6%
    F60-64 22 0.7%
    F65-69 6 0.2%
    F70-74 2 0.1%

    M18-24 33 1.0%
    M25-29 139 4.4%
    M30-34 227 7.1%
    M35-39 316 9.9%
    M40-44 494 15.5%
    M45-49 437 13.7%
    M50-54 266 8.4%
    M55-59 160 5.0%
    M60-64 62 1.9%
    M65-69 38 1.2%
    M70-74 7 0.2%
    M75-79 1 0.0%
    M80-84 1 0.0%
  • #IMArizona- Traffic jam

  • Meredith Kessler led out of the water. Photo: Nils Nilsen.

  • #IMArizona Paul Matthews has moved in front through the turnaround of the first loop and is looking strong. Jordan Rapp gaining time in 7th.
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  • #IMArizona- Looks like the Long Island Expressway at rush-hour

  • #IMArizona- Bike problem

  • #IMArizona Meredith Kessler's lead is up to 4:11 through 18 miles. Amanda Stevens 2nd, Carrie Lester 3rd @ 4:36. Christine Jackson @ 5:26.
  • #IMArizona- But the master mechanic has her on her way in just minutes.

  • #IMArizona- T2 looks quiet now...

  • The first seven women through 18 miles. Of note is that Lisa Huetthaler continues to gain time on the women ahead of her:

    1 1:43:56 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 1:48:14 4:18 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 1:48:42 4:46 84 Carrie Lester AUS
    4 1:49:32 5:36 77 Christina Jackson USA
    5 1:51:35 7:40 70 Katy Blakemore USA
    6 1:51:41 7:45 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    7 1:52:37 8:41 76 Malaika Homo USA
  • #IMArizona- There are still plenty of swimmers left in the water.

  • Through 29 miles of the bike David Kahn has retaken the lead, but there's a group close behind.
    Clemente Alonso McKernan @ 2 seconds
    Tim O'Donnell @ 36 seconds
    Jordan Rapp @ 47 seconds
    Edo Van Der Meer @ 52 seconds
  • #IMArizona Jordan Rapp is making his move here at Ironman Arizona. He's now just 47 seconds down after trailing by 4:18 starting the bike.
  • There are 54 countries represented in today's race.
  • #IMArizona- 84-year-old Bob Scott just came out of the water.
  • Meredith Kessler has competed in every single Ironman Arizona race (this is the 11th). She's never won here before, but certainly seems determined to change that today. Kessler was one of the race favorites heading into Kona this year, but didn't have a great day and would very much like to erase that memory with a big day here in Tempe.
  • #IMArizona- You're totally winning.

  • Here's the lead women's splits through 27 miles:
    Meredith Kessler continues to hammer on this women's field through 27 miles - only super-cyclist Lisa Huetthaler is gaining any time on the American.

    1 2:03:45 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 2:08:34 4:50 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 2:09:18 5:33 84 Carrie Lester AUS
    4 2:10:03 6:19 77 Christina Jackson USA
    5 2:11:03 7:19 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    6 2:11:47 8:03 70 Katy Blakemore USA
    7 2:13:09 9:24 76 Malaika Homo USA
  • #IMArizona Through 29 miles Meredith Kessler's lead is up to 4:58 on Dr. Amanda Stevens. Kessler is on a mission, it would appear!
  • The men through 37 miles:
    Paul Matthews is putting the hammer down and has actually gained some time on the fast-moving Jordan Rapp. The Aussie had, until Kona this year (he finished 13th in 8:37), never gone slower than 8:05 in an Ironman race, so he's no stranger to fast times. It's not a stretch to imagine a sub-8 hour time will win here today - Matthews is certainly one of the men capable of that sort of time.
    1 2:15:30 6 Paul Matthews AUS
    2 2:15:34 0:05 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    3 2:15:47 0:17 8 David Kahn USA
    4 2:16:33 1:04 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    5 2:17:06 1:37 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    6 2:17:19 1:49 46 Edo Van Der Meer NLD
    7 2:17:34 2:05 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    8 2:18:14 2:44 24 Markus Fachbach DEU
  • Here's the list of oldest and youngest racers in today's race:
    3259 Scott, Bob Naperville IL M80-84 10/12/1930 84
    3188 Amundson, George Plano TX M75-79 08/15/1939 75
    3185 Kuxhausen, Larry Tucson AZ M70-74 11/14/1940 74

    1687 Shyman, Judie Tucson AZ F70-74 11/03/1942 72
    1688 Weill, Cheryl Fort Collins CO F70-74 10/26/1944 70
    821 Aydelott, Karen San Luis Obispo CA F65-69 01/05/1946 68


    Youngest Racers

    Bib # Name City State Div Dob Ag
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    1692 Brewster, Kolt Fountain Hills AZ M18-24 09/13/1996 18
    521 Le Cras, Sydney Mooresville NC F18-24 01/27/1995 19
    1056 Le Cras, Sydney Mooresville NC F18-24 01/27/1995 19
  • #IMArizona There are 1,100 first-timers competing today, including our oldest woman, Judie Shyman, who is 72. 84-yr-old Bob Scott oldest guy
  • Here are the first 25 men through 35 miles:
    1 2:15:30 6 Paul Matthews AUS
    2 2:15:34 0:05 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    3 2:15:47 0:17 8 David Kahn USA
    4 2:16:33 1:04 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    5 2:17:06 1:37 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    6 2:17:19 1:49 46 Edo Van Der Meer NLD
    7 2:17:34 2:05 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    8 2:18:14 2:44 24 Markus Fachbach DEU
    9 2:18:44 3:14 4 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    10 2:20:21 4:51 2 Viktor Zyemtsev UKR
    11 2:21:25 5:55 10 Joe Umphenour USA
    12 2:22:33 7:03 43 Jonathan Shearon USA
    13 2:22:35 7:05 5 Kyle Buckingham ZAF
    14 2:22:38 7:09 49 Stephan Vuckovic DEU
    15 2:23:25 7:56 44 Oliver Simon GBR
    16 2:24:09 8:39 22 Marc Duelsen DEU
    17 2:26:00 10:31 25 Derek Garcia USA
    18 2:26:04 10:35 13 Christophe Bastie FRA
    19 2:27:14 11:45 36 Horst Reichel DEU
    20 2:27:19 11:49 23 Lewis Elliot USA
    21 2:27:20 11:51 56 Steven Zawaski USA
    22 2:27:49 12:19 26 Chad Holderbaum USA
    23 2:27:51 12:21 51 Nicholas Ward Munoz GBR
    24 2:29:02 13:33 52 Patrick Wheeler USA
    25 2:30:13 14:44 20 Scott Defilippis USA
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