Javier Gomez has shown his class today with a class leading run that was hard for the rest of the field to match. Gomez was always going to have one of the best swims and runs of the day with his non-drafting bike leg being the only aspect that could bring him undone. In saying this with what we know about Gomez he was one of the race favourites. It will be interesting to see the next phase of his career. There are certainly a lot of guys that are hoping he puts off his move in to Ironman.
After winning last year Greg Bennett showed that at 40 experience counts for a lot as he held on for yet another top finish at Hy-Vee. Bennetts bike split set him up for another top finish. Whilst Hunter Kemper and Gomez had superior run speed on the day it was enough for him to stay ahead of New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty.
A huge improver on last years result was Australia’s Josh Amberger. Amberger grabbed all the swim prize money last year but faded late in the race to finish down the field. This year he has been single mindedly focused on having a big race at Hy-Vee. He had more swim fire power to contend with in 2012 but still managed to get the first swim preme and then follow through for 7th overall in a very classy field.
Amberger is self coached and funded, doing it all on his own. Paydays like this are what keeps him going. 2012 has been a good year for Amberger with a win in the Singapore 70.3 and a number of top 5150 finishes. Amberger’s swim and bike set him up for a top finish at Hy-Vee. With his focus on his run leg this year he was always going to perform stronger at Hy-Vee this year.
Next Australian across the line was Paul Matthews. Matthews had a strong swim / bike combo and held on to finish 10th overall. Last year Matthews finished 4th but should be happy with his result this year although another $15,000 would have been nice.
Tim Reed made up for last years 23rd place after being struck down with a severe flu in the lead up. This year he managed to avoid all sicknesses going around and finished 12th overall today with his bike / run combo getting him from 21st out of the water in to 12th overall. Reed is heading to Las Vegas to compete for the world 70.3 title. The longer the race the better for Reed. With one of the faster runs in the game, a strong bike leg and a always giving up a little in the swim he will be in his element next weekend.
Chris McCormack was next home in 18th. After taking 29 hours to get to Des Moines and having no bike turn up this was a fair result. Although Macca did cop a 90 second penalty and in turn an official copped a 90 second spray. “My front tyre crossed the dismount line by an inch. 90sec stand down. BS call!” Macc now heads off to Sedona to do his Kona build.
James Seear capped off a solid year with 20th overall. Seear found the event to be “an awesome experience enjoyed it even though the run was horrible after killing myself on bike.”
Michael Fox finished off his US season with a very good 23rd overall amongst a world class field. Fox had a strong swim and continued with a good solid race overall.
|Pos||Name||Country||Swim||Bike||Run||Time||Prize $ (excl bonus $)|
|1||Gomez Noya, Javier||ESP||0:18:27||0:58:35||0:32:32||1:51:21||$151,500|