1. Meredith Kessler - 4.22:46 Pro
2. Kate Bevilaqua - 4.30:37 Pro
3. Joanna Lawn - 4.30:40 Pro
4. Jessica Jacobs - 4.31:46 Pro
5. Gina Crawford - 4.32:45 Pro
6. Hilary Wicks - 4.32:51 F35-39
7. Belinda Harper - 4.37:49 Pro
8. Anna Ross - 4.39:47 F30-34
9. Susie Wood - 4.41:33 F35-39
10. Candice Hammond - 4.43:25 Pro
A Maori canoe is there to welcome the athletes just before the race begins.
This image portrays the nice conditions on Sunday, very unlike the 'weather bomb' that hit the area the day before.
Well it was called a 'weather bomb' by all the media and posponing the race for a day was the only sensible choice.
Full points were still awarded to all professionals and places in Kona also stand for age groupers.
Here is some Maori music I like.
Should add some energy while you view this page.
Not the race they had in mind, but better than no race or a windy duathlon I reckon
A little aprehension possibly of the shortened day ahead....
Late start but looks like everyone turned up...
Porfessionals off first.
Looks nice, but with a few ominous clouds.
Not wanting to point anyone out but looks like some corner cutting going on very early in the race.
Marco Albert first out and over a minute ahead of everyone else.
First woman out (Meredith Kessler most left in photo), at the same time as fast pro men like Terenzo
Meredith Kessler lost her goggles early in the swim as did the mens winner Marino,
but it didn't appear to hamper them down at all.
Cameron Brown on the left in the blue cap
Another fast womens swimmer.
Next out 5. Gina Crawford who is a great swimmer,but off the pace bit today and a minute back from Meridith.
Gina won the Challenge Wanaka race in January this year only 6 months after her first child.
Maybe a longer race would be more to her liking as she is usually in the top 3.
Marko Albert riding out front by himself early on which is always hard if the chasers work together.
Chase group being lead by France's Romain Guillaume.
9th today to Jamie Whyte in 4.12:05
He focuses on the full distance,
so a shorter race is not so much his race. ct as
Meridith lead from the front all day.
Keegan Williams didn't show is usual great form this day.
11th overall for Daiki Masuda from Japan.
18t18th overall for French pro Simon Billeau.
Gina Crawford looking relaxed.
Age group racing.
Looking crowded back there.
Nice day for a ride, but must be cool going by the clothing.
A look at the bike of 2nd overall Tim Reed.
First placed Marino Vanhoenacker from Belgium had the fastest ride,
but only by a few seconds to several others.
Terenzo didn't show his usual superb form. Coming back from injury?
Marko 6th today.
Romain 4th today.
Tim had the 2nd fastest run and come in 2nd.
We can only guess if he could have made it 11 wins
at the full ironman.
Marino 1st today.
Meridith 1st today.
3rd Joanna Lawn - 4.30:40
7th Belinda Harper - 4.37:49
Interview with Kelloggs Nutri-Grain 70.3 male winner Marino Vanhoenacker.
He might be better known for putting in a blistering pace at Ironman Austria last year to claim the fastest Ironman time ever but the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain 70.3 winner Marino Vanhoenacker says this was one tough race. The Belgium arrived in New Zealand over a month ago to give himself time to acclimatise and get to know the Taupo course but when the weather gods upset the apple cart Marino was lost.He said, “I just didn't know what to do with myself when they talked about cancellation or that the swim leg was in danger of being cut from the race. I had so many doubts in my mind because this isn't what I'd come to do. I was ready for an Ironman distance nothing less. And on Saturday when I should have been racing I had to find something to do to take my mind off it so I rented a stack of videos and just watched them all day”. He said, “Even as a pro with many years experience I had so many mixed feelings and last night it was tough hearing the wind blowing till the early hours of the morning”.With expectations high for Marino before the weather turned to custard he remained in a solid position throughout the race but had problems in the swim. He says, “I lost my goggles after just 200 meters and had to stop and try and retrieve them, then when I got back to swimming I swallowed water and panicked a bit, I thought I was going to drown it was rough out there. Then when I finally got my rhythm back I looked up and realised I was in the front pack of swimmers. When I came out of the water I couldn't see any of the other lead swimmers because I was so focussed and I worried I was going to be going out on the bike on my own but then Terenzo and Cameron Brown appeared and all was good”.
Once on the bike I tried to drop the hammer but the guys were working so hard together I couldn't make any in-roads, so apart from a few changes on the front of the pack I just stayed with the guys until I got to T2.
I knew I had to have a quick transition to be able to stick with the likes of Terenzo and so got into a rhythm straight away and although I was a few minutes down I knew that I could close the gap and as that gap became smaller and smaller I just never gave up and dropped the hammer to take first place.
As for what comes next - well I don't need to go to Melbourne and I have plenty of points to go towards Kona so I'll probably just chill out for a while.
Asked if he felt the pressure on him as the Ironman distance record holder, with a time of 7.46 he said, “Surprisingly no, but the weather, yep that really messed with my head and so I'll take this experience away with me for the future because it could happen anywhere.”
Interview with Cameron Brown 3rd place at the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain 70.3
Cameron Brown has owned the Ironman New Zealand race for years but with the race cut short to a 70.3 due to adverse weather conditions and with the threat of Marino Vanhoenacker gunning for him it was always going to be a tough day's racing. With a third place the IMNZ icon was understandably down-cast as he crossed the finish line. He said, “The swim went well really but the young guns coming out of the water just have the speed in their legs that I don't have. I tried really hard to keep up with them and so I had to revert to my own race plan and hope that it worked. This isn't my distance”.
Asked whether he'll be back next year, “You bet, of course I will, even at the age of 40”And Kona? “Yep, I'll be aiming to get there again this year and I have the Melbourne Ironman race in just three weeks time I'm good to go”.
Aaron Farlow 5th and may have needed a longer race also to show through.
He was first at Challenge Wanaka in mid January.
3, 1, 2
Interview with Meredith Kessler winner of the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain 70.3
A 20 hr flight means a tough start to any race week but that's the way Meredith Kessler had to view IMNZ 2012 so when the race was cut to a 70.3 it was just one more thing to cope with. “I was ready for anything they could throw at me, poor weather, an Ironman race, a duathlon you name I'd have done it, but that wind last night didn't help what is often a poor night's sleep.
I rarely sleep before a big race but it didn't help the nerves at all and I thought it was likely to be a choppy swim”
And there must have been something going on in the swim for both Marino and Meredith because she also lost her goggles and had to do the swim without them and then lost her timing chip. Fortunately it didn't bother her too much with the beautiful clear waters of Lake Taupo. When asked if the cold bothered her she said, “I come from San Fransisco now so I'm used to this, it's pretty normal”. Meredith lead from start to finish in the women's race and although she expected some wind on the bike was pleasantly surprised but had no idea how she was doing because no-one was able to give her accurate splits because she didn't have a timing chip for most of the race. The run was possibly going to be her weakness but with such a big lead and what she describes an amazing crowd she just kept going.
Meredith says she normally does the same races year in year out but promised her husband they'd go somewhere different so she's looking forward to visiting some wineries before heading back home to do a half in San Diego and then a full Ironman distance race at St George and Coeur de Alene.
2nd Kate Bevilaqua - 4.30:37
3rd at right of picture Joanna Lawn - 4.30:40
5. Gina Crawford - 4.32:45 Pro
10. Candice Hammond - 4.43:25
9th in 2011 as an age grouper. The longer distance may have been better as she did well at Challenge wanaka recently.