Unreal Times In Clearwater
By Betsy Delcour
Michael Raelert, Julie Dibens are the 2009 70.3 World Champions, set new world records
Conditions were perfect in Clearwater, FL for a fast race today, and the pro athletes did not dissapoint. Since the first race here in 2006, the swim began with a beach start in the Gulf of Mexico. However this year the swim was moved to Clearwater Bay with a point-to-point course.
Leading out of the water on the men’s side was Estonian Marko Albert at 21:35, followed by Brian Fleischmann of the US just three seconds back. Close behind were Fraser Cartmell, Philip Graves, Brent McMahon and Tim O’Donnell. Raelert was 23 seconds back, in 12th place.
Once on the bike, the lead changed hands several times among several contenders including Andrew Starykowicz, Joe Gambles, Greg Bennett, Terenzo Bozzone, Philip Graves and Daniel Fontana. Leading the way into T2 was Starykowicz with his time of 1:58:43, followed by Bozzone, Reed and Bennett.
Out of T2 and onto the run, eventual winner Raelert had a minute to make up and 11 guys ahead of him, but he made quick work of getting to the front. Matt Reed had quickly surged to the lead on the run, but within a few miles Raelert passed him, never to relinquish his position. With an average pace of 5:16 min/miles, Raelert blazed a new run course record with his 69 minute half marathon and put a gap on the rest of the field. He crossed the line in 3:34:04, enough to give him a comfortable 2:44 lead over Italian Daniel Fontana. Reed took third with his time of 3:37:50. As evidence of just how fast today’s race was, the first 51 men finished under 4 hours!
The women’s race was much different than the men’s, but no less impressive or exciting. Coming out of the water first was Amanda Stevens with her time of 24:07. She was closely trailed by Julie Dibens, Jodie Swallow, Sarah Groff and Joanna Zeiger. However, from T1 on, it was the Julie Dibens show. She hammered away from the field on the bike building a huge cushion on the rest of the ladies. Although her 3 minute lead from mile 20 had by mile 40 diminished to just 1 minute (thanks to a chase by Caroline Steffen, Swallow, Ellis and Stevens), she blew the chase pack to pieces and had a comfortable 4 minute lead again by T2. Out of transition Dibens was on fire and pushed hard in the first half of the run to keep her lead. In years past, she came in off the bike well ahead of the field, only to get caught and passed by the faster runners. Not so this time. Dibens crossed the line in a new world record 3:59:33. Mary Beth Ellis came in 4 minutes back in 4:03:49, and behind her Magali Tisseyre and Caroline Steffen battled it out for third. Magali was able to outsprint Caroline – and had the fastest run of the day at 1:20:31 – for third, in a total time of 4:05:27.
Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Clearwater, FL November 14, 2009
1 3:59:33 – Dibens, Julie Boulder CO GBR
2 4:03:49 – Ellis, Mary Beth Boulder CO USA
3 4:05:27 – Tisseyre, Magali St-Sauveur QC CAN
4 4:05:33 – Steffen, Caroline Cham CHE
5 4:07:39 – Bennett, Laura North Palm Beac FL USA (uses Trigger Point Performance Therapy products)
6 4:08:17 – Jones, Michellie Carlsbad CA AUS
7 4:09:34 – Groff, Sarah Colorado Spring CO USA
8 4:13:16 – Stevens, Amanda Colorado Spring CO USA
9 4:15:04 – Thuerig, Karin Retschwil CHE
10 4:17:57 – Gianinni, Vanessa Campinas BRA
1 3:34:04 – Raelert, Michael Drage DEU
2 3:36:44 – Fontana, Daniel Monzoro, Milano ITA
3 3:37:50 – Reed, Matthew Boulder CO USA (uses Trigger Point Performance Therapy products)
4 3:38:02 – Sudrie, Sylvain Villenave D Orn FRA
5 3:38:19 – Gambles, Joe Boulder CO GBR
6 3:40:16 – Collington, Kevin Orlando FL USA
7 3:40:16 – Bell, Luke Cardiff CA AUS
8 3:40:19 – Casadei, Alberto Mestre ITA
9 3:40:31 – Griffin, Leon Glenroy VI AUS
10 3:41:37 – Fleischmann, Brian Colorado Spring CO USA
*Courtesy of www.XTRI.com