France’s Jeremy Jurkiewicz and the United States’ Elizabeth Lyles claimed the victories at the final Ironman of the year at Ironman Western Australia.
Jurkiewicz combined a 47:03 swim, a 4:29:17 bike and a field-best 2:48:18 marathon to earn the 8:08:16 win. Germany’s Markus Thomschke spent the day working through the field after a slower swim and earned second position eight minutes after Jurkiewicz crossed the line. Australia’s David Dellow, who missed out on the Ironman World Championship due to a race-week illness, was third into the finish chute. Germany’s Andreas Raelert was the heavy pre-race favorite after a DNF in Kona, but he struggled early in the bike and ultimately pulled out of the race.
Lyles put together a 57:11 swim, a 4:58:21 bike and a 3:00:37 marathon to narrowly finish under nine hours in 8:59:44. Germany’s Mareen Hufe dominated the bike, but couldn’t keep pace with Lyles on the run and earned second in 9:08:00. Australia’s Lisa Marangon rounded out the top three in 9:19:29.
Ironman Western Australia
Busselton, Australia – Dec. 8, 2013
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA) 8:08:15
2. Markus Thomschke (GER) 8:16:00
3. David Dellow (AUS) 8:19:09
4. Todd Israel (AUS) 8:22:38
5. Matty White (AUS) 8:25:28
1. Elizabeth Lyles (USA) 8:59:43
2. Mareen Hufe (GER) 9:07:59
3. Lisa Marangon (AUS) 9:19:28
4. Michelle Bremer (NZL) 9:25:57
5. Melanie Burke (NZL) 9:27:07
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