WOW...well I can only imagine how tough it is out there as we pass the 8:45 hour mark and still no sign of the mens IM Korea champion
OKAY here we go I spoke too soon, Balazs CSOKE of Hungry takes the 2011 IM Korea title in 8:48:18!!
This is Balazs CSOKE's 1st IM title. "The last few K were an absolute horror. I really had to dig deep." says Balazs.
We have 2nd place IM Korea across the line in 8:58:50 it is #6 Andreas VENHORST of Germany
3rd place male across the line is #8 New Zealander Bevan MCKINNON in 9:04 and that completes your top 3.
Sorry for the delay away...we will have interviews from the men's champion and runners up soon
Meanwhile, # Kate BEVILAQUA (USA) crossed the line at 9:40 to take the IM Korea Womens title
Behind Kate was #13 Maki NISHIUCHI (Jpn) and #17 Hilary Biscay (USA) has just crossed the line
to take 3rd.
If you are following or trying to follow friends and family here today we do sincerely apologize, we have no means to provide you all the data live and cannot estimate when all athlete splits will be available.
Top 3 Age Group Men today:
#62 Timothy BEARDALL (AUS) 9:14:41
#47 Shinji YAMAMOTO (JPN)
#62 Timothy BEARDALL was also 4th overall here today
Top 3 Age Group Women today:
# 822 Shiao Yu LI (Taiwan)
# 850 Kaori TOKAI (Jpn)
# 805 Alena STEVENS (Slovakia)
# 765 Tomoji MARU (Jpn) is the last athlete to come across under 11hours with 10:59:54
# 59 Scott Stanton from the UK 11:03:20
# 466 11:04:08, 227, 611, 21 all at 11:04's
Its getting cooler here on the finish line #220 11:09:24 crosses the line
The winner here today did IM Texas back in May and had some bad luck with a flat and broke his tyre. Balazs CSOKE then decided to come over and do IM Korea and whilst it was not an easy day the end result is a first IM title for the Hungarian. “This was hard. The swim was quite ok and I enjoyed the ride as I like the rolling hills and prefer the power course on a bike. The run is my weakest point and I didn't know how it would be on this challenging course. It was far beyond my expectations, the heat humidity and sun made sure it was not an easy one. The first lap was ok but on the second round we got some sun and it made things harder. I really had to think very hard on that last 15km. Fortunately I had enough gap even with a slow last 10km to take the first place.”
# 591 Simon CROSS (UK) 11:35:09 across the line
#'s 267 Simon MARSHALL and 44 Joshua JORGENSEN just sprinted across the line at 11:40 - OUCH!
647, 244, 253, 212 all coming across the line at IM Korea in 11:44's
IM Korea female champion Kate BEVILAQUA had the following words to say after crossing the finish line here today: “Oh it was tough; the swim was beautiful though I really enjoyed it as the fog lifted and the conditions were great. The wind picked up a bit on the bike and there were a few climbs out there so you had to take it steady. And then it was just survival on the run with the hills and heat and humidity. If you didn’t take something in at every aid station you were in trouble. I was just glad to finish.”
On racing in Asia compared to other continents, Kate had this to say "People don't necessarily come to Asia but if they did they would realise, Ironman is hard enough but racing in Asia is even tougher.”
7 times IM NZ champion Joanna Lawn took the women’s title here today in the 70.3. She has had a month off after a crazy race calendar through the first half of the year. “It was really hard to race today after a month with no real training. And it’s also actually very hard when you are not racing many girls, mentally it is hard to keep pushing. But this is a beautiful place and course and the bike was amazing but that run was pretty brutal.”
#833 Nicole Gallegher is doing her first, no she has just DONE her first IM here in Korea and crossed the line in 12:15
Another 1st time finisher #821 from South Africa 12:17 Samantha CADWALLADER
Age groupers are running down the line here, huge smiles on their faces. It's cooled down and dusk is coming...the party is about to get started!
Age groupers 795, 364, 342, 728, 209 all home across the line in 12:32
We are now 12 minutes into the 13th hour here in Korea and the age groupers continue down the finish line to some funky disco music...we have disco lights and cool breezes so the best way to stay warm is dance!
#847 Bliss Pak (USA) 13:23:26 YOU ARE AN Ironman!!!
Mr Joe Tanaka of CEEPO bike crosses the line here to YMCA in a time of 13:26
#809 Pan Seng KHA KHRANG crosses the line in 13:37 Way to go CHRIS!
#874 Andrea GARDINER from Australia 13:49
There is a stream coming across the line just making it across the for a sub 14hour ironman on this tough relentless course here today: 868, 721, 511, 124, 160, 693