On Saturday August 31, 2013 a sold-out field of 1600 triathletes took part in the newest edition of the Ironman WTC family of triathlon races at Lake Toya in Hokkaido, Japan.
Although the pro field was not as large as most other Ironman events, there were some exceptional performances by the pro triathletes who did take part.
Japan has always produced exceptional triathletes and it was Japanese pro triathlete Masuda Daiki who was the first to complete the two-lap 2.4-mile swim with an outstanding time of 45:45, but he was not alone as Suganuma Shinya was just four seconds behind him.
However it was Martin Jensen of Denmark who stormed to the front on the bike course with a time of 04:52:28.
Jensen was the only pro to go under the five-hour mark on the 112-mile bike course and he went on to record the fastest 26.2-mile run split as well with a time of 03:01:09.
His final winning time of 08:47:53 gave him the victory by a wide margin over Petr Vabrousek of Czechoslovakia who broke the tape in 09:19:52.
Only four pro women took part in the race and it was Shiao-Yu Li of Taiwan coming away with the victory in a time of 10:12:42.
Although Michelle Wu of Australia was out of the water 15 minutes ahead of Li she was unable to match the bike and run times posted by the Taiwanese pro and had to settle for second place.
The pros were racing for 25,000 in prize money as well as Kona Ranking Points towards the Ironman Triathlon World Championships that will take place in the Fall of 2014.
There were also 50 qualifying spots available for the 2014 Championships for the top age-group finishers in each of the age categories.
For a look at the top pro and age-group finishers be sure to visit IronStruck.com.