YVONNE SMASHES IRONMAN FLORIDA
Sets second fastest bike split in Ironman history.
IM Florida is a speedway with 3 women breaking 9 hours and 3 men breaking 8
Victor Del Corral of Spain posted a 10th-fastest ever men's Ironman distance time of 7:53:12 and Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands, just 3 weeks after her 4th place finish at Ironman Hawaii, posted the 10th-fastest ever women's Ironman distance time of 8:43:07 while winning the elite titles at Ironman Florida.
The pool table flat Panama City Beach course served up a feast of statistical triumphs as Andrew Starykowicz fell just 2 minutes 10 second short of a repeat win while breaking his already stupendous Ironman bike split record set last year by 2:22 with a 4:02:17 mark. Starykowicz also showed his 2012 Ironman Florida win was no fluke as his 2013 finish time of 7:55:22 was 10:55 better than last year's mark.
Next in significance was Corral's 2:37:29 marathon split, which was the 3rd-best Ironman-distance marathon run by a men's winner in history, trailing only Peter Reid's 2:35:21 at Klagenfurt in 1999 and Luc van Lierde's 2:36:49 at Roth in 1997.
Also of note was the fact that Van Vlerken posted her 6th sub-9 hour finish at an Ironman-distance race, putting her second only to Chrissie Wellington's 9 sub-9s in women's Ironman-distance events. Also, since 6 of the marks ahead of Van Vlerken were set on non-Ironman courses, her 8:43:07 at Ironman Florida this year becomes the 4th-fastest official Ironman women's finish in history. To top it off, Van Vlerken's 4:35:49 is the second fastest Ironman-distance women's winner's bike split in history, only 20 seconds slower than Caroline Steffen's bike split at Ironman Melbourne in 2012.
Not at all shabby was the 8:49:03 finish – comprised of a 55:21 swim, 4:51:20 bike split and a race-best 2:56:35 run – of women's runner-up Ashley Clifford, which was the 19th fastest Ironman-distance women's mark of all time. Erica Csomor also improved her already impressive career stats with a 3rd-place 8:56:41 time – her 4th career sub-9 hours for the Ironman distance and her second this year after an 8:59:31 finish in Austria. From http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/The_Weekend_Box_3_Nov_2013_4010.html