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|1||Frederik Van Lierde Belgium||8:12:29|
|2||Luke McKenzie Australia||8:15:19|
|3||Sebastian Kienle Germany||8:19:24|
|1||Mirinda Carfrae Australia||8:52:14|
|2||Rachel Joyce Great Britain||8:57:28|
|3||Liz Blatchford Great Britain||9:03:35|
In 2012, McKenzie's power data implied that he went out too hard in the beginning, with power fading in the second half. This year, he built his effort and his ability to stay in the lead throughout the bike and run shows the smart pacing. Through the first 56 miles he averaged 277 watts. On the return he put out 285 watts. Overall, McKenzie was able to average 281 watts -16 more than he did in 2012. That equates to an impressive 3.87 watts per kilogram.
Faris Al-Sultan showed why he is one of the most consistent athletes in Ironman. Last year he averaged 272 watts and for 2013 he put out 280 watts - less than a 3% difference.
At today's race Meredith Kessler proved why she's one of the sports top riders. She was able to hold 213 watts, or 3.6 watts/kg, a number we see from many pro men. We aren't surprised by this though - Kessler put out 3.5 w/kg earlier in the year at Ironman Melbourne.
Kyle Buckingham showed why he has the potential to go pro next year, winning his age group and breaking the age group course record. His 273 watt average powered him to a 4:40:07. That's 3.8 w/kg, the same as second place finisher Luke McKenzie.