Rachel Joyce Dominant at Ironman Cozumel
While many of Ironman’s big name athletes wind it down for the year, Great Britain’s Rachel Joyce is still hard at work. Fresh off her impressive second place finish at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona in October, Joyce claimed victory at Ironman Cozumel this past weekend. Joyce completed the shortened tropical course in a time of 8:52:28 for the win.
Exiting the water nearly three minutes after strong swimmer, Amanda Stevens, Joyce was able to make up all of her lost time on the bike. When it came time to swap bike for running shoes, Joyce was only down 38 seconds, which was more than a comfortable deficit for the Brit. Logging a 3:07:10 marathon, Joyce tracked down Stevens and cruised to an impressive victory, crossing the finish line nearly nine minutes before the second place finisher, Jessie Donavan.
Joyce’s dominant performance in Cozumel caps off an impressive 2013 campaign, including a win at Ironman Texas and her second place finish at the World Championship in Hawaii.
1.94-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 8:52:28
2. Jessie Donavan (USA) 9:01:12
3. Amanda Stevens (USA) 9:06:40
4. Celine Scharer (SUI) 9:12:40
5. Bree Wee (USA) 9:16:26