Victor Zyemtsev of the Ukraine and Meredith Kessler of the USA were winners of the 28th Annual Subaru Ironman Canada. This victory was the seventh for Zyemtsev and the first for Kessler. Zyemtsev finished ahead of Christian Brader and Stephan Vuckovic of Germany. Zyemtsev’s winning time was 8:32:28.
Kiwi Kieran Doe and Canadian Tom Evans were within seconds of each over the first 120km of the ride before Evans dropped off the pace. Doe went on to finish the bike with a 3:58 lead over Canadian Scott Curry and 4:02 over German Christian Bader. Doe’s lead off the bike started to erode 10km into the run as Brader took over the lead with Zyemtsev in the chase. Zyemtsev stayed within a minute of Brader until the 25 km mark, when they came together. The two ran shoulder to shoulder until the final turnaround on Lakeshore Drive where Zyemtsev put in a strong surge propelling him into a small lead over Brader. Brader was not able to match this acceleration and Zyemtsev went on to win the race with Brader finishing just 13 seconds back. Stephan Vuckovic from Germany had a solid run to finish the race in third.
Top five men’s results are below:
1. Viktor Zyemtsev, Ukraine 8:32:28
2. Christian Brader, GER 8:32:41
3. Stephan Vuckovic, GER 8:38:31
4. Petr Vabrousek, CZE 8:39:16
5. Kyle Marcotte, CAN 8:40:45
On the women’s side, defending champion Tereza Macel had a strong swim coming out of the water in first place followed by American Meredith Kessler and Swiss Simone Benz who were just over a minute back. On the bike Macel went on to build a substantial lead over Canadian Heather Wurtele and Kessler coming into the out and back section of the course. It was at this point that Macel’s lead began to evaporate as she struggled to keep up the pace. Over the next 10km the chase pair passed Macel and went to complete the bike portion of the event with Kessler holding a slim 39 second lead over Wurtele. On the run the duo of Kessler and Wurtele stayed close to each other until Kessler put in a surge to open up a 2:13 second lead. Kessler extended her lead to win the event with Wurtele finishing second and a hard charging Mackenzie Madison finishing a distant third.
Top five women’s results are below:
1. Meredith Kessler, USA 9:13:46
2. Heather Wurtele, CAN 9:17:17
3. Mackenzie Madison, USA 9:34:51
4. Gillian Moody, CAN 9:40:10
5. Christie Sym, AUS 9:41:30
Today’s event saw a record 2,780 athletes start in the waters of Okanagan Lake with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a scenic 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon finishing on Lakeshore Drive in downtown Penticton.
For more information on Subaru Ironman Canada and to view race results, visit http://www.ironman.ca. For media-related inquiries and imagery from today’s event, contact Helen Manning at Helen@nasports.com or 416-806-5273.