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Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa

Ironman South Africa

  • Wellington passed 18km mark
  • Tissink passed 26km followed by Bocherer now in 2nd place by 1min 39sec
  • Tissink in the lead with Bocherer in 2nd. Vanhoenacker looks to have dropped off the pace.
  • Marino Vanhoenacker has withdrawn from the race.
  • Tissink now battling out with Bocherer for the top spot.
  • James Cunnama now in third place.
  • Wellington continues to create a chasm between herself and Joyce. The gap now at 23 minutes.
  • Current rankings for male leads Tissink (1st), Bocherer(2nd) and Cunnama (3rd)
  • Wellington still well out in front leading by 23 minutes followed by Rachel Joyce and Diana Riesler.
  • Tissink has started his final lap!
  • Current rankings Reynard Tissink (1st), Andreas Bocherer (2nd), James Cunnuma (3rd) and not to far behind Daniel Fontana in 4th place
  • Current rankings Reynard Tissink (1st), Andreas Bocherer (2nd), James Cunnuma (3rd) and not to far behind Daniel Fontana in 4th place
  • Raynard Tissink coming it to his final stretch of 8kms
  • Andreas Bocherer (2nd) closing gap between himself and local hero Raynard Tissink (1st)
  • James Cunnama still maintaining 3rd place and Daniel Fontana in 4th
  • Tissink aproxiamately 1min ahead of Bocherer
  • Chrissie Wellington nearing 32km mark
  • Chrissie Wellingtons widens the gap between herself and Rachel Joyce to 28min
  • With only 4.5kms to finish Tissinks widens the gap to 1min ahead of Bocherer
  • Its less than 100metres left to the finish and the atmosphere is electric as Tissink begins to bolt to the finish line
  • Raynard Tissinks WINS the Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa 2011!!! In the process Tissink breaks the course record by approxiamately 12min and maintains his reign as the "Ironman" !
  • Andreas Bocherer comes in with a proud 2nd place following James Cunnama in a close 3rd!
  • What an amazing finishto an adrenaline packed race!
  • 1 TISSINK, Raynard - 0:48:53 - 4:19:41 - 2:53:21 - 8:05:36
    2 BOCHERER, Andreas - 0:47:42 - 4:21:19 - 2:55:57 - 8:08:36
    3 CUNNAMA, James - 0:51:10 - 4:25:39 - 2:53:16 - 8:13:18
  • Top 3 male Race times: Raynard Tissink an impressive 08:05:36 Andreas Bocherer 08:08:36 James Cunnama 08:13:18
  • Chrissie Wellington on her way to the finish line with 6kms to go!
  • Chrissie Wellington WINS for the ladies! Breaking her record with an amazing time of 08:33:56! Well done Chrissie!
  • An amazing race for both Tissink and Wellington! Well done to these incredible PRO-athletes!
  • In 4th place for the men we have Daniel Fontana followed by Cyril Vienott in 5th place, Eduardo Sturla 6th, Uwe Widmann 7th, Petr Vabrousek 8th, Trevor Delsaut 9th and Balazs Csoke 10th.
  • Rachel Joyce comes in with an impressive 2nd place with a time of 09:08:23
  • Chrissie Wellington breaks the course record by42min 36sec!!! fantastic racing by Chrissie! What a Superb athlete!
  • Diana Riesler comes in at 3rd place for the ladies with a remarkable time of 09:20:37
  • Top 3 Women

    1 WELLINGTON, Chrissie 0:51:40 4:45:23 2:52:54 8:33:56
    2 JOYCE, Rachel 0:51:06 5:02:29 3:10:30 9:08:23
    3 RIESLER, Diana 1:02:21 4:55:16 3:18:45 9:20:37
  • Top 10 Men

    1 TISSINK, Raynard 0:48:53 4:19:41 2:53:21 8:05:36
    2 BOCHERER, Andreas 0:47:42 4:21:19 2:55:57 8:08:36
    3 CUNNAMA, James 0:51:10 4:25:39 2:53:16 8:13:18
    4 FONTANA, Daniel 0:48:53 4:30:35 2:56:00 8:18:51
    5 VIENNOT, Cyril 0:51:05 4:30:15 3:05:20 8:30:42
    6 STURLA, Eduardo 0:51:23 4:36:20 3:01:13 8:32:52
    7 WIDMANN, Uwe 0:49:01 4:30:09 3:10:09 8:33:39
    8 VABROUSEK, Petr 0:54:58 4:42:23 2:58:58 8:40:36
    9 DELSAUT, Trevor 0:54:46 4:43:02 3:00:04 8:41:57
    10 CSOKE, Balazs 0:48:55 4:30:30 3:19:53 8:43:06
  • Sylvia Felt comes in 4th for the woman(09:23:12), Amanda Stevens 5th(09:24:17) and Belinda Granger 6th(09:27:30)
  • Simone Benz comes in 7th in the ladies with a time 09:31:21
  • Yvette Grice comes in at 10th place with a time of 09:59:28
    1 TISSINK, Raynard 08:05:36
    2 BOCHERER, Andreas 08:08:36
    3 CUNNAMA, James 08:13:18
    4 FONTANA, Daniel 08:18:51
    5 VIENNOT, Cyril 08:30:42
    6 STURLA, Eduardo 08:32:52
    7 WIDMANN, Uwe 08:33:39
    8 VABROUSEK, Petr 08:40:36
    9 DELSAUT, Trevor 08:41:57
    10 CSOKE, Balazs 08:43:06
    1 WELLINGTON, Chrissie 8:33:56
    2 JOYCE, Rachel 9:08:23
    3 RIESLER, Diana 9:20:37
    4 FELT, Sylvia 09:24:31
    5 STEVENS, Amanda 09:25:50
    6 GRANGER, Belinda 09:28:59
    7 BENZ, Simone 09:31:21
    8 EMERY, Dianne 09:44:47
    9 DOGANA, Martina 09:47:47
    10 GRICE, Yvette 09:59:28
  • What a SENSATIONAL Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa 2011! With one the greatest field of PRO-athletes ever. Well done to the TOP10 male and female athletes who competed with such strength and determination.
  • A huge congratulations to all the PRO-athletes, athletes and athletes still competing in the Spec-Savers Ironman endurance challenge! Most certainly a job well done.
  • Local Nicky Barnard finished in an amazing time of 11:44:19. Barnard is the first South African Navy Diver. Well Done Nickey!

    Records tumbled and legends graced the stage at the 2011 Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa with local hero, Raynard Tissink (RSA), successfully defending his title and Ironman demigoddess Chrissie Wellington (GBR) taking the women’s title. Tissink broke the course record and the bike course record in the process while Wellington not only smashed the course, bike and run records but also broke her own world Ironman record to conclude a phenomenal performance.

    The race was truly one to savour as a spectator as a spectacular battle emerged between the top three men, Tissink, Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) and Andreas Böcherer (GER) for most of the race. Conditions were near perfect with a calm sea, a light cooling breeze and hot temperature at 26 degrees Celsius. Contrary to normal Port Elizabeth conditions, the breeze actually aided the athletes, cooling them down especially on the run.

    The race was not without its casualties as favourite, Vanhoenacker, last year’s fourth placed finisher, Jason Shortis and his compatriot, Luke Bell (AUS) fell out of the race at various points. Shortis fell out on the bike while both Bell and Vanhoenacker fell out on the run after putting in gallant performances in the top four. Former double Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa champion and crowd favourite, Natascha Badmann (SUI) also withdrew after the 4km mark on the run.
    The first PRO athlete to exit the water was Andreas Böcherer, with a time of 00:47:42 seconds. Following close on his heels, was Daniel Fontana (ITA) and the local hero, Tissink. The first female to exit the water, in a 4th position overall, was Amanda Stevens from the United States, with a time of 00:48:55.
    Once out on the bike the lead changed hands on numerous occasions between Tissink and Vanhoenacker with Böcherer and Australia’s Luke Bell well in the mix. This tussle seemed to become the theme for the day with spectators eagerly awaiting the first big move from one of the frontrunners. For most of the bike just over a minute separated the top four men.

    The defining moment came after 20km into the run as Tissink took the lead and began to create a gap albeit of a few seconds. What ensued none would have predicted as the powerful Belgian suddenly withdrew from the race at the 26km mark on the run. This left the stage wide open for Tissink although he still had to hold off a stern challenge from Böcherer and a final push from James Cunnama (RSA) who ran himself into third place.

    To the sheer delight of the home crowd, Tissink not only broke the tape first but also broke Vanhoenacker’s course record coming home in a time of 08:05:36. Böcherer came in at second place 08:08:36 while Cunnama gave the crowd even more reason to cheer finishing third in a time of 08:13:18.
    If the men’s race was a mental chess match for the lead, the women’s race had all but one outcome even before the starting cannon fired at the 07:00 start. The Ironman juggernaut that is Chrissie Wellington, fulfilled everyone’s predictions and expectations but gave the crowd something to remember, or should we say never forget, as she powered her way to an unbelievable new world record time.

    Wellington exited the swim in third place in a time of 00:51:40 behind the USA’s Amanda Stevens 00:48:55 and Rachel Joyce (GBR) 00:51:06. After taking the lead on the bike there was never any other outcome as she continued to increase the gap between herself and compatriot, Joyce, throughout the race. Belinda Granger (AUS) made a play for the top three passing Stevens after the 120km on the bike.

    All the while Wellington proceeded to create a chasm between her and the chasing pack stretching the lead from 9 minutes on the bike to over 20 minutes midway into the marathon. With the outcome now clear, the only thought that was on spectators’ minds were records – and there were plenty of them! Not only did the Briton break Natascha Badmann’s bike course record, Sonja Tajsich’s run course record and even Lucie Zelenkova’s course record, but went that one step further by breaking her own Ironman world record. Wellington also managed to run the fastest overall marathon, something that she was particularly proud of.

    In the end Wellington finished first in a phenomenal time of 08:33:56 followed in the distance by Joyce 09:08:23 and Diana Riesler 09:20:37, who claimed her first ever podium finish. The German climbed into third place early into the marathon as she had to usurp not only Granger but also Eva Dollinger (AUT).
    “I tried to be consistent over each leg and I didn’t lose time on any leg. I wanted to do well but never thought I’d break the world record. I was shocked that I broke the record,” said an ecstatic Wellington. She later paid tribute to the spectators saying: “they are the wind beneath my wings and that extra energy out on the course.”

    Anyone who was fortunate enough to be present at the 2011 Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa can count their blessings as they bore witness to history in the making and also got to see their local hero emerge victorious and one of the all-time greats put in a truly unforgettable performance. The 7th edition of the Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa was an epic race that will be remembered for many years to come.

    The provisional results for the top ten males and females, respectively:
    1.) Raynard Tissink (South Africa) 08:05:36
    2.) Andreas Bocherer (Germany) 08:08:36
    3.) James Cunnuma (South Africa) 08:13:18
    4.) Daniel Fontana (Italy) 08:18:51
    5.) Cyril Viennot (France) 08:30:42
    6.) Eduardo Sturla (Argentina) 08:32:52
    7.) Uwe Widmann (Germany) 08:33:39
    8.) Petr Vabrousek (Czech Republic) 08:40:36
    9.) Trevor Delsaut (France) 08:41:57
    10.) Balazs Csoke (Hungary) 08:43:06

    1.) Chrissie Wellington (England) 08:33:56
    2.) Rachel Joyce (England) 09:08:23
    3.) Diana Riesler (Germany) 09:20:37
    4.) Silvia Felt (Germany) 09:24:31
    5.) Amanda Stevens (United States) 09:25:50
    6.) Belinda Granger (Australia) 09:28:59
    7.) Simone Benz (Switzerland) 09:31:21
    8.) Dianne Emery (South Africa) 09:44:47
    9.) Martina Dogana (Italy) 09:47:47
    10.) Yvette Grice (England) 09:59:28
  • Local hero Raynard Tissink making it back to back IMSA titles

  • The curtain comes down on one of the most memorable race days that Port Elizabeth has ever witnessed. A day of new heights, new records and great excitment. The 2011 Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa will live long in the memory of each and everyone who was there! Congratulations to Raynard Tissink and Chrissie Wellington!
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