On Sunday September 22, 2013 a sold-out field of triathletes took part in a WTC Ironman 70.3 race in Cozumel, Mexico with the stunning Caribbean Sea as the back-drop and venue for the 1.2-mile swim.
As the race got underway there was little doubt that some very fast times would be posted just because of the nature of the course in Cozumel.
The swim course in Cozumel is very fast and the fast and flat bike and marathon legs of the race were also built for speed.
The swim times for the pro men were amazing in their consistency. The top sixteen men were only 19 seconds apart with Matt Chrabot recording the fastest time by one second over Tim Don with a swim split of 22:31.
However it was Terenzo Bozzone who had the lead after the 56-mile bike portion of the race. The fastest bike split of the day was posted by James Cunnama with his 2:03:57 clocking, but he gave up some seconds in the swim and most likely in the transition area as well and began the run in fourth place.
Cunnama of South Africa posted the fastest run time of the day as well and would not be denied and is the winner of Ironman 70.3 Cozumel 2013.
For the pro women the swim was amazing.
Jodie Swallow is almost always first out of the water but it was Celine Scharer who took top honors with her blazing-fast swim time of 21:34. Swallow was seven seconds behind her with Ruth Nivon Machoud and Annabel Luxford all close behind.
It was Annabel Luxford charging to the front on the bike course and leading the way as the women began the 13.1-mile run. Jodie Swallow was in second and as is usually the case, Melissa Hauschildt was far off the pace in the swim but charged up into third place by the end of the bike course.
Although she was five minutes back going into the run, Hauschildt is a force as a runner and was a threat even at five minutes back to challenge for the win unless Luxford and Swallow could hold her off and reach the finish line before she caught them.
The race is still in progress and to find out how the race for top spot among the pro women unfolded as well as all the top pro and age-group finish times visit IronStruck.com.