Ironman Hawaii Results 2013: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

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Ironman Hawaii Results 2013: Men's and Women's Top Finishers
image from Hawaii Sport Magazine on Facebook

It was an Aussie sweep in Kohala Coast, HI, on Saturday.

Craig "Crowie" Alexander carried a huge lead off the bike to victory at Ironman Hawaii on Saturday. The three-time World Ironman champion held off stars like Damon Barnett, Paul Matthews and Luke Bell to claim victory.

Belinda Granger's furious comeback during the run erased a 7:41 lead Bree Wee held after the bike portion of the race.

The old adage in triathlons is the first off the bike has the advantage. That didn't prove true for Wee, but it did for Alexander. Crowie's insurmountable lead was largely created in the second stage. 

Triathletas DeVzla tweeted this image of Alexander in action on the bike. In English the text says: "Here we have a picture of Craig Alexander in Cycling." It is simple but Alexander's performance spoke louder than words:

Paul Matthews' twitter account catches Alexander crossing the finish line as the winner in this tweet:

Granger saved her best for last as she surpassed Wee at the 10th mile. Granger is generally known for her strength on the bike, but she has recently improved her performance as a runner. That was evident in the way she finished on Saturday.

At 40-years-old, Granger continues to prove she is an absolute machine. This image from Hawaii Sport Magazine on Facebook captures Granger's victorious moment.

image from Hawaii Sport Magazine Facebook

Here is a look at the top-10 finishers on the men's and women's side, per Ironman.com.

 

Top-10 Men

Place Athlete's Name                     Country Total Time 
1        Craig Alexander                     AUS      04:05:43     
2 Paul Matthews  USA  04:12:13 
3 Damon Barnett  USA 04:14:14 
4 Luke Bell  USA  04:15:44 
5 David Condon  USA  04:20:09 
6 Jose Jeuland  FRA  04:21:00 
7 Rob Lea  USA  04:21:06 
8 Benjamin Williams  USA  04:22:31 
9 Jose Augusto D.A.A Filho  BRA  04:23:47 
10 John Newsom  NZL  04:25:49

 

Top-10 Women

Place Athlete's Name                     Country Total Time 
1        Belinda Granger                     AUS      04:44:36     
2 Laura Siddall  GBR  04:45:56 
3 Julia Grant  NZL  04:46:46 
4 Bree Wee USA  04:51:05
5 Michelle Andres USA  04:53:08
6 Adrienne Hengels  USA  04:56:59 
7 Brooke Brown  CAN  05:01:33 
8 Sarah Pearce-Gieck  CAN  05:04:48 
9 Nell Christine Stephenson  USA  05:06:05 
10 Alessandra Battig  USA  05:07:53 

 

What This Means in the Overall Ironman Picture

Full Ironman events carry more weight in the points system, much like Grand Slam events in tennis. The further from the lead each athlete finishes, the more their points drop from the event. Each event has a floor—a participation point value—that each athlete is guaranteed.

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Half Ironman event winners earn 3,500 points while Full Ironman events accrue a maximum of 5,000 points. Non-winners will lose points in 12 point-per-minute increments.

For example, Matthews earned 3,488 points for his second-place finish while Alexander earned the full 3,500.

Only the top-50 male and top-35 female athletes qualify for a 70.3 World Championship slot. Ironman.com thoroughly explains the points system, here.

Alexander's 3,500 points gives him 5,500 on the year and this is only his second event. With decent performances the rest of the way, he should be a shoo-in and major factor at the championship.

Wee didn't have as healthy of a total coming in, but the 3,500 points were still huge. She now has 4,025 on the season and she's in good shape in terms of qualifying.

 

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