Victor Del Corral and Yvonne Van Vlerken win Ironman Florida with super quick times

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (November 2, 2013) – Victor Del Corral (ESP) and Yvonne Van Vlerken (NDL) both recorded some of the fastest times ever seen in North America on their way to IRONMAN Florida titles. Del Corral finished with a winning time of 7:53:12, while Van Vlerken defended her title with a course-record time of 8:43:07.

The pro men entered rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico at 6:50, with Olympians Filip Ospaly (CZE) and Axel Zeebroek (BEL) immediately securing the lead. Americans Tim O’Donnell and Andrew Starykowicz made some headway over the first lap of the two-loop swim, but, in the end, the initial leaders were first and second out of the water. Pedro Gomez (PRT) and Starykowicz were 1:45 back, with a large pack including Daniel Fontana (ITA), O’Donnell, and others 1:55 back.

Victor Del Corral celebrates a very fast race: Photo credit:
Victor Del Corral celebrates a very fast race: Photo credit:

As expected, it didn’t matter what position Starykowicz came out of the water. He blazed out of T1 and in the defending champion’s own terms, he came to Florida after a disappointing race in Kona to “get everything I can out of my body.” Once out on the bike, the Wauconda, Illinois native did just that, leaving the rest of the field to chase.

Starykowicz’s domination was so complete that many surrendered the day to him long before the marathon even began. By mile 15 he’d taken the lead, and from then on he continued to dig into his own course record (4:04) mile by mile. By the halfway point he’d extended his lead to almost 10 minutes, and he hit T2 18 minutes ahead of a large pack including Kirill Kotsegarov (EST), Fontana and others. His 4:02:17 was good for a new global IRONMAN bike standard.

Once out onto the run, the only remaining question was whether one of the short-course athletes behind him could chase him down. Spain’s Victor Del Corral turned out to be up for the challenge, narrowing his deficit to Starykowicz at a blistering pace of a minute per mile. Fontana went with him making for one of the most exciting races Florida has seen for some time. At mile 24.5, the pass came, and Del Corral soared to the victory on the pride of one of the fastest marathons in IRONMAN history: 2:37:29. Starykowicz’s 7:55:22 was good for a personal six-minute PR and a second place finish, while Filip Ospaly finished third in 7:58:44, rounding out a full sub-8 hour men’s podium.

Athlete Rank Swim Bike Run Finish
Victor  Del Corral 1 0:55:23 4:15:15 2:37:29 7:53:12
Andrew  Starykowicz 2 0:49:53 4:02:17 2:58:18 7:55:22
Filip  Ospaly 3 0:48:06 4:23:53 2:41:17 7:58:44
Daniel  Fontana 4 0:49:59 4:20:43 2:50:28 8:05:48
Pedro  Gomes 5 0:49:51 4:20:59 2:52:59 8:08:34
Kirill  Kotsegarov 6 0:55:27 4:14:34 2:53:30 8:09:03
Pontus  Lindberg 7 0:55:30 4:15:51 2:54:49 8:11:45
Dorian  Wagner 8 0:50:19 4:20:58 2:56:21 8:12:46
Justin  Daerr 9 0:54:16 4:17:22 2:56:54 8:13:35
Joe  Skipper 10 0:54:58 4:20:30 2:55:47 8:17:27



In the women’s race, rookie pro Haley Chura (USA) dominated the swim as she did last month in Kona, exiting the water over four minutes ahead of the next closest competitors. Chura held her own on the bike, maintaining her lead until mile 40, when Austria’s Lisa Huetthaler overtook her. By mile 60, defending IRONMAN Florida Champion Yvonne Van Vlerken (NDL) had ridden her way into second and, by mile 70, she and Dede Griesbauer (USA) had made a mark at the front of the women’s race.

Yvonne Van Vlerken is ecstatic with her win: Photo credit:
Yvonne Van Vlerken is ecstatic with her win: Photo credit:

Van Vlerken set out on the run with Huetthaler hot on her heels, but quickly took the race by the reigns. By the half marathon point she had harnessed a lead of almost 10 minutes, her chasers unable to keep up the pace. With a solid 3:01:55 run, Van Vlerken defended her title with an overall time of 8:43:07, shattering her own 8:51:35 course record. Ashley Clifford (USA) ran her way into second, with Erika Csomor (HUN) taking third.

“I did a crazy schedule this year,” Van Vlerken said at the finish line. “I think I quite deserve a break now.” Before the race, Van Vlerken said she was immensely satisfied with her season, and considered this race “just like dessert.”

Athlete Swim Bike Run Finish
Yvonne  Van Vlerken 26 1:00:14 4:35:49 3:01:55 8:43:07
Ashley  Clifford 29 0:55:21 4:51:20 2:56:35 8:49:03
Erika  Csomor 33 1:02:13 4:45:09 3:03:32 8:56:41
Simone  Braendli 38 0:54:43 4:51:35 3:08:33 9:00:40
Mareen  Hufe 43 1:00:46 4:39:17 3:16:31 9:03:15
Lisa  Huetthaler 44 0:56:01 4:39:54 3:23:02 9:04:38
Amber  Ferreira 50 0:58:16 4:48:50 3:13:30 9:07:36
Beate  Goertz 55 1:06:59 4:39:58 3:15:27 9:09:24
Dede  Griesbauer 56 0:56:06 4:41:10 3:27:59 9:11:26
Christine  Anderson 62 0:55:57 4:50:09 3:23:25 9:15:14



One of more than 30 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Florida featured a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The one-loop 112-mile bike course took racers on a flat and fast two-loop run course. Spectators filled the roads along the run course which paralleled the shoreline through local neighborhoods to the turnaround in St. Andrews State Park. The event offered a total professional prize purse of $25,000 and 50 coveted slots to the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on Oct. 11 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

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Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.