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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Nov. 4
In this notoriously fast late season Ironman in Florida, two U.S. elites reached the podium.
Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.), who had a solid first appearance at Kona in October, was the returning Ironman Florida champ. He broke his own bike-course record by over two minutes to put him in the lead position heading out onto the run. Though Spain’s Victor Del Corral’s 2:37 run split was enough to chase Starykowicz down throughout the marathon, Starykowicz finished second with a time of 7:55:22, over ten minutes faster than his 2012 Ironman Florida winning time. Corral finished first in 7:53:12, and Czech Republic’s Filip Osplay took third in 7:58:44.
The women’s field proved equally as fast with the top three women going sub-9 hours. Ashley Clifford (Carmel, Ind.) was near the front coming out of the swim but Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands chased her down with the second fastest Ironman bike split in women’s history en route to breaking her own course record. Van Vlerken set herself up to take first in a time of 8:43:07. Clifford posted a solid 2:56 run to hold onto second place with a finishing time of 8:49:03. Erika Csomor of Hungary took third in 8:56:41.
UWC Bahamas Triathlon
U.S. elites nearly swept the men’s and women’s podium at the UWC Bahamas Triathlon on Sunday in Nassau. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) and Ben Collins (Chicago, Ill.) came out of the water in a small lead pack heading out onto the bike. Shoemaker lost some ground on the leaders as they entered T2, but known for his quick feet, he was still within striking distance. Shoemaker posted a 31:36 10k which brought him straight to the finish chute with Tim Don of Great Britain. With a final surge, Shoemaker bested Don and took first with a time of 1:48:52, reclaiming his 2012 title. Don finished one second back in 1:48:53, and Collins ran his way away from the pack and into third place with a time of 1:50:34.
Another 2012 winner, Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) joined her husband Shoemaker in the day’s top position, dominating the rest of the field in an American-swept podium. With a solid swim, the best bike split of the field, and a run that nearly matched the speedy Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), Kaye cruised into first with a time of 1:57:14. True to form, Jorgensen post the fastest run split of the field to bring her into second place with a time of 2:03:02, while Lauren Brandon (Dallas, Texas) took third in 2:05:34.