On Sunday September 8, 2013 many of the best Ironman triathletes in the world met in Henderson, Nevada to vie for the title of Ironman 70.3 World Champion.
The field of 2300 pro and age-group athletes who have managed to qualify for the World Championships had to beat out 90,000 triathletes who attempted to qualify to be part of the 2013 race.
There was plenty of speculation as to who would come out on top for the pros as the field was so deep.
Would Sebastian Kienle retain the championship he earned in 2012 or would Craig Alexander improve on his second place finish and reach World Champion status once again?
Leanda Cave won for the pro women in 2012, but was almost run down by Kelly Williamson who posted the fastest run of the day.
2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschlidt had to miss the race last year because of injury but is certainly back on her game in 2013 and many felt going into the race that she was the one to beat.
As the race unfolded defending champion Sebastian Kienle of Germany was far back in the swim once again, but much like 2012 he charged to the front of the pack on the bike course with a clocking of 2:10:10. It was the fastest bike split of the day.
It seemed like an instant replay of 2012 where he took a lead onto the 13.1-mile run course that was insurmountable and once again he crossed the finish line first and successfully defended his title and is the Ironman 70.3 World Champion for 2013.
Terenzo Bozzone of the USA made a valiant effort but was unable to catch the winner and finished in second place. Joe Gambles also of the USA rounded out the podium for the pro men.
As predicted it was Melissa Hauschildt stalking the leaders on the bike and charging to the front at the end of the 56-mile bike course and creating a sizable gap on the run.
At last report she was well in front and on her way to re-claiming the championship she won in 2011.
This Ironman 70.3 World Championship race is still in progress and will be updated.
Be sure to visit IronStruck.com and find out how the race unfolded for the pro women and all the other top pro and age-group finishers of the Ironman 70.3 Las Vegas World Championships in Nevada.