Ironman Hawaii Results 2013: Men’s and Women’s Top Finishers
The three-time World Ironman champion, Craig Alexander, held off stars like Damon Barnett, Paul Matthews and Luke Bell to claim victory at Ironman Hawaii on Saturday. Crowie’s insurmountable lead was largely created in the bike portion. His extraordinary performance proved the old adage in triathlons “the first off the bike has the advantage”.
Belinda Granger’s furious comeback during the run erased a 7:41 lead Bree Wee held after the bike. Granger is generally known for her strength on the bike, but she has recently improved her performance as a runner. In the race on Saturday, Granger saved her best for last as she surpassed Wee at the 10th mile.
Here are the top-10 finishers of Ironman Hawaii Results on the men’s and women’s side, per Ironman.com.
What This Means in the context of Ironman 70.3
Full Ironman events carry more weight in the points system. The further from the lead each athlete finishes, the more their points drop from the event. Each event has a participation point value—that each athlete is guaranteed.
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. For a more indepth explanation of the points system, visit Ironman.com.
This is only Alexander’s second event in this year and the 3,500 points gives him 5,500 in total on the year. With decent performances the rest of the way, he should be a shoo-in and major factor at the championship. The 3,500 points were huge for Wee as well and she now has 4,025 on the season and she’s in good shape in terms of qualifying.
This post was sourced from an article by bleacher report. The original article can be found here.