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  • A little rain isn't scaring the athletes today, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of IRONMAN Florida. The forecast for tomorrow is clear skies with a high of 73 degrees.
  • IRONMAN Florida athletes offer their thoughts on what they're looking forward to most about the off season.

  • The men through mile 55:
    1 02:50:35 1 Starykowicz, Andrew Wauconda IL USA MPRO
    2 02:59:32 00:08:58 64 Ospaly, Filip Lelekovice CZE MPRO
    3 02:59:34 00:09:00 77 Zeebroek, Axel Samree LU BEL MPRO
    4 03:03:32 00:12:58 12 Danielsson, Karl-Johan Hedemora SWE MPRO
    5 03:03:33 00:12:59 73 Fontana, Daniel Settimo Milanese IN ITA MPRO
    6 03:03:34 00:13:00 7 Gomes, Pedro Alcochete IN PRT MPRO
    7 03:03:36 00:13:02 70 Banti, Herve Monaco IN MCO MPRO
    8 03:03:39 00:13:05 58 Lyatskiy, Andrey St-Petersburg RUS MPRO
    9 03:03:43 00:13:09 52 Wagner, Dorian Allersberg IN DEU MPRO
    10 03:03:44 00:13:09 13 Blokhin, Anton Kharkov UK UKR MPRO
  • Starykowicz is repeating his performance from last year, and is now 9 minutes ahead of Ospaly and Zeebroek. Last year he came in almost 20 minutes ahead of the next closest competitor.
  • After flirting briefly with the top 10, O'Donnell has faded to 20th, 14 minutes back of the leader.
  • The women through mile 46: Huetthaler still leads, having extended her lead over Chura from 20 seconds to 1:15 over the last 6 miiles. Van Vlerken is reportedly looking very strong, and has closed the gap to the leader by 15 seconds (1:45) since we last checked in at mile 40. Griesbauer is in fourth, at 2:15 back, with Maureen Hufe newly appearing in fifth, at 3:45. At 3:55 back we have Anderson, Braendli, Clifford, Gellatly, Prystayko, Lester, and Serpico.
  • Starykowicz has added another minute to his lead, and is now 10 minutes ahead of Zeebroeck and Ospaly. The rest of the field is over 15 minutes behind the defending champ.
  • The men are at mile 72. Can anyone guess how far Starykowicz has extended his lead? Wait for it...13 minutes.
  • Van Vlerken and Griesbauer are riding like machines! At mile 62, Van Vlerken has moved into second, just 30 seconds back of leader Lisa Huetthaler. Griesbauer is only 1 minute behind Huetthlaer.
  • How about our age groupers today?
    The top 10 age group men's swim times:
    1 00:52:14 309 McCormack, Sean Orlando FL USA M30-34
    2 00:52:24 00:00:10 1734 Hola, Tim Highlands Ranch CO USA M35-39
    3 00:52:32 00:00:18 2618 Lomba, Carlos Guaynabo PR PRI M45-49
    4 00:53:53 00:01:39 1289 Hoffman, Michael Rochester NY USA M25-29
    5 00:53:59 00:01:45 1333 Szajta, Daniel Alden NY USA M25-29
    6 00:54:03 00:01:49 1440 Heideman, Andrew Jacksonville FL USA M30-34
    7 00:54:18 00:02:04 3116 Szymanski, Franz Reston VA USA M55-59
    8 00:54:28 00:02:14 1282 Harmse, Jonathan San Luis Obispo CA USA M25-29
    9 00:54:34 00:02:20 1366 Bickerstaff, Ryan Palo Alto CA USA M30-34
    10 00:54:35 00:02:21 1604 Beecher, Bill Knoxville TN USA M35-39
  • Our top 10 female age group swimmers were all from the USA today:

    1 00:57:33 273 Paxton, Karen North Palm Beach FL USA F45-49
    2 00:59:12 00:01:40 595 Zyga, Kiki Falls Church VA USA F25-29
    3 00:59:20 00:01:48 571 Miteff, Amy West Palm Beach FL USA F25-29
    4 00:59:35 00:02:03 1132 Reinhart, Jennifer Austin TX USA F50-54
    5 01:00:19 00:02:47 600 Barber, Andrea Phoenixville PA USA F30-34
    6 01:00:44 00:03:12 895 Holland, Kim Sugar Hill GA USA F40-44
    7 01:01:11 00:03:39 3223 Corbin, Katie Palm Harbor FL USA F35-39
    8 01:01:21 00:03:49 220 Brewster, Tanya Houston TX USA F35-39
    9 01:01:41 00:04:09 942 Ruttenberg, Noga Rye NY USA F40-44
    10 01:01:53 00:04:21 869 Dumford, Katie Downers Grove IL USA F40-44
  • At mile 80, Starykowicz' lead sits at 14:35 over Ospaly. Zeebroek is 15:20 back of the leader.
  • Timex athlete Tim Hola has been leading the amateur men's race all day. At mile 55:

    1 03:15:05 1734 Hola, Tim Highlands Ranch CO USA M35-39
    2 03:16:25 00:01:20 1951 Zucco, Adam Scottsdale AZ USA M35-39
    3 03:17:58 00:02:53 1366 Bickerstaff, Ryan Palo Alto CA USA M30-34
    4 03:18:00 00:02:56 1440 Heideman, Andrew Jacksonville FL USA M30-34
    5 03:18:01 00:02:57 1378 Calahorra, Mikel Bilbao BHR M30-34
    6 03:20:25 00:05:20 1603 Beckwith, Mark Chicago IL USA M35-39
    7 03:21:22 00:06:18 1282 Harmse, Jonathan San Luis Obispo CA USA M25-29
    8 03:21:46 00:06:42 3211 Williams, Brad Westworth Village TX USA M25-29
    9 03:21:58 00:06:54 1467 Leitner, Stefan Linz AUT M30-34
    10 03:22:00 00:06:55 1233 Russell, Tim Bennington VT USA M18-24
  • Among our female amateurs, at 55 miles on the bike, our race leader is a young woman from Zurich. It's a much more international lead field than the men's race.

    1 03:30:16 565 Kunz, Martina Zurich CHE F25-29
    2 03:31:43 00:01:28 954 Van Biervliet, Sophie Knokke-Heist BEL F40-44
    3 03:33:30 00:03:14 637 Hafner, Daniela Schwentinental DEU F30-34
    4 03:33:31 00:03:15 273 Paxton, Karen North Palm Beach FL USA F45-49
    5 03:36:17 00:06:02 942 Ruttenberg, Noga Rye NY USA F40-44
    6 03:38:35 00:08:20 633 Germann, Desiree Z Rich CHE F30-34
    7 03:40:54 00:10:39 874 Findlay, Shayne Pbg FL USA F40-44
    8 03:41:39 00:11:24 3217 Joyce, Felicity Mill Valley CA AUS F30-34
    9 03:41:41 00:11:26 571 Miteff, Amy West Palm Beach FL USA F25-29
    10 03:43:28 00:13:13 3214 Zopp, Jennifer Harrison NY USA F25-29
  • Van Vlerken has taken the lead at mile 72. She's riding with Huetthaler now, but is slightly ahead. Griesbauer is only 20 seconds back.
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  • Some new names in the women's top 10 at mile 72:

    1 04:04:20 80 Van Vlerken, Yvonne Schwarzach NLD WPRO
    2 04:04:21 00:00:02 115 Huetthaler, Lisa Steinabrueckl AUT WPRO
    3 04:04:37 00:00:17 85 Griesbauer, Dede Boulder CO USA WPRO
    4 04:07:46 00:03:27 117 Hufe, Mareen Wesel IN DEU WPRO
    5 04:10:33 00:06:14 91 Braendli, Simone 8810 DE CHE WPRO
    6 04:10:35 00:06:16 94 Anderson, Christine Boulder CO USA WPRO
    7 04:10:48 00:06:29 88 Chura, Haley Atlanta GA USA WPRO
    8 04:12:34 00:08:15 90 Riesler, Diana Bad Toelz GE DEU WPRO
    9 04:12:36 00:08:16 86 Csomor, Erika Szazhalombatta IN HUN WPRO
    10 04:12:39 00:08:20 98 Ferreira, Amber Concord NH USA WPRO
  • Our top 10 pro men bike splits from the day:

    Andrew Starykowicz - 4:02:17

    Daniel Fontana - 04:20:43

    Victor Del Corral - 4:15:15

    Pedro Gomes - 4:20:59

    Kirill Kotsegarov - 4:14:34

    Dorian Wagner - 4:20:58

    Michael Goehner - 4:16:15

    Justin Daerr - 4:17:22

    Christophe Bastie - 4:14:34

    Filip Ospaly - 4:23:53
  • American Starykowicz left T1 with 18 minutes on his closest competitors. At mile 1.5, he'd lost a minute of that lead to Italy's Daniel Fontana. Spain's Victor Del Corral is in third, just 10 seconds behind Fontana.
  • Fontana is cutting into Starykowicz' lead at a pace of about 1 minute per mile.
  • Men's splits through mile 3:

    1 05:16:38 1 Starykowicz, Andrew Wauconda IL USA MPRO
    2 05:32:45 00:16:08 73 Fontana, Daniel Settimo Milanese IN ITA MPRO
    3 05:32:46 00:16:09 20 Del Corral, Victor Santa Oliva TA ESP MPRO
    4 05:34:00 00:17:22 7 Gomes, Pedro Alcochete IN PRT MPRO
    5 05:35:03 00:18:26 64 Ospaly, Filip Lelekovice CZE MPRO
    6 05:35:32 00:18:55 4 Kotsegarov, Kirill Tallinn EST MPRO
    7 05:35:43 00:19:05 6 Daerr, Justin Boulder CO USA MPRO
    8 05:35:45 00:19:07 5 Goehner, Michael Kirchentellinsfurt IN DEU MPRO
    9 05:35:50 00:19:12 52 Wagner, Dorian Allersberg IN DEU MPRO
    10 05:36:32 00:19:54 11 Bastie, Christophe Saint Chamond IN FRA MPRO
  • Lisa Huetthaler enters transition.

  • Out of T2 we have Yvonne Van Vlerken just 25 seconds in front of Lisa Huetthaler, with Dede Griesbauer 2:25 back of Van Vlerken.
  • One of our spotters is reporting that it's starting to heat up on the run course. This is not the day we had here yesterday!
  • The men through mile 4.5: Del Corral has passed Fontana. The two continue to cut into Starykowicz's massive lead at a pretty good pace. They've taken 4 minutes off in just over four miles.

    1 05:26:26 1 Starykowicz, Andrew Wauconda IL USA MPRO
    2 05:41:14 00:14:48 20 Del Corral, Victor Santa Oliva TA ESP MPRO
    3 05:41:18 00:14:53 73 Fontana, Daniel Settimo Milanese IN ITA MPRO
    4 05:43:07 00:16:41 7 Gomes, Pedro Alcochete IN PRT MPRO
    5 05:43:57 00:17:31 64 Ospaly, Filip Lelekovice CZE MPRO
    6 05:44:49 00:18:23 52 Wagner, Dorian Allersberg IN DEU MPRO
    7 05:44:55 00:18:29 4 Kotsegarov, Kirill Tallinn EST MPRO
    8 05:45:01 00:18:35 6 Daerr, Justin Boulder CO USA MPRO
    9 05:45:08 00:18:42 5 Goehner, Michael Kirchentellinsfurt IN DEU MPRO
    10 05:46:41 00:20:15 11 Bastie, Christophe Saint Chamond IN FRA MPRO
  • There are only two American pros in our men's top 10. Apparently Florida is a hot destination race for our European pros.
  • Del Corral won this year's IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote and last year's full there. Today, by mile 7, he has has narrowed his gap to the leader to 13 minutes. He's also a versatile XTERRA, 70.3, and duathlete.
  • Daniel Fontana is right on his heels just 6 seconds behind. He's a short-course Olympian who has notched many victories in the sport. As far as IRONMAN results, in 2011 Fontana placed third at the Ironman series in South Africa with a time of 8:18:51.
  • Our top five female pros through the first mile of the run:

    1 05:51:05 80 Van Vlerken, Yvonne Schwarzach NLD WPRO
    2 05:52:12 00:01:08 115 Huetthaler, Lisa Steinabrueckl AUT WPRO
    3 05:54:30 00:03:26 85 Griesbauer, Dede Boulder CO USA WPRO
    4 05:57:40 00:06:36 117 Hufe, Mareen Wesel IN DEU WPRO
    5 06:01:42 00:10:38 118 Clifford, Ashley Carmel IN USA WPRO
  • Our men's leaders just passed mile 8.5. Del Corral is smoking! He's narrowed the gap by 7 minutes in 8.5 miles.

    1 05:53:05 1 Starykowicz, Andrew Wauconda IL USA MPRO
    2 06:04:53 00:11:48 20 Del Corral, Victor Santa Oliva TA ESP MPRO
    3 06:05:21 00:12:17 73 Fontana, Daniel Settimo Milanese IN ITA MPRO
  • Van Vlerken laying it down, a minute over second-place female Lisa Huetthaler.

  • The pro men on the bike course today.

  • The top three men all went under 8 hours today. What a day!
  • Our runner-up and new IRONMAN bike course record holder, Andrew Starykowicz.

  • The top three women through mile 19.5:
    1 07:53:41 80 Van Vlerken, Yvonne Schwarzach NLD WPRO
    2 08:03:31 00:09:50 118 Clifford, Ashley Carmel IN USA WPRO
    3 08:06:44 00:13:03 86 Csomor, Erika Szazhalombatta IN HUN WPRO
  • Del Corral ran a sub 2:40 marathon today. What a smoking fast day!
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