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Top Canadian age group results from Day 1 in Kona

Six Canadian women raced onto the Ironman World Championship podium on Thursday

Photo by: Nils Nilsen

While the pro women got things rolling in Kona on Thursday, the excitement was only beginning when Chelsea Sodaro crossed the line to win the Ironman World Championship. The race continued for another nine hours after Sodaro’s win, with age groupers from around the world testing their abilities and racing for the podium. All of the women’s age groups raced on Thursday, along with a few from the men’s side (the rest will race on Saturday), and in total, 20 Canadians ran their way to top-10 results, including a pair of wins in the women’s 55 to 59 and women’s 60 to 64 races. Here’s a look at all of the top Canadian finishers in Kona.

The first women’s age group waits to start in Kona. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

In the women’s 55 to 59 age group, Yvonne Timewell of Penticton, B.C., took the win in 11:07:19. She was 13th out of the water in her age group, third-fastest on the bike and she posted the fifth-fastest marathon, all adding up to an Ironman world title. This was Timewell’s third time reaching the podium in Kona, but her first win (she finished in second in 2018 and third in 2019).

One age group up in the women’s 60 to 64 race, Hamilton’s Sharon Mackinnon also finished in the top spot, running to the win in 12:25:47. After exiting the water in ninth, Mackinnon flew to the third-fastest bike and run splits among the 60 to 64 age groupers. A stellar 4:36:45 marathon earned her the win, just ahead of fellow Canadian Sharon McDowell-Larsen, who finished in second in 12:26:57.

In the women’s 65 to 69 age group, Jane MacLeod of Windsor, Ont., ran to a second-place finish in 12:35:09. MacLeod was 10th out of the water, and she rode her way through the field over the course of the 180K bike, finishing with the second-fastest split of the day in her age group. She closed out the race with the fastest marathon among 65 to 69 women, posting a final run split of 4:25:29.

The final two Canadian podium results came in the women’s 70 to 74 division, with Francine Comeau  of Halifax placing second in 14:32:59 and Cullen Goodyear of North Vancouver crossing the line in third in 14:40:46. Comeau used the fastest marathon of the age group (an impressive 5:05:47) to cruise onto the podium, while Goodyear had the third-fastest splits in all three legs of the race, all of which added together for the third-fastest overall time of the day.

Here is a list of the other Canadians who posted top-10 finishes in Kona on Thursday:

Women’s 18 to 24 — Marie-Maud Cote-Rouleau (9th)

Women’s 30 to 34 — Nicole Walker (10th)

Women’s 35 to 39 — Deborah Eckhouse (9th)

Women’s 55-59 — Susan Arnold (8th)

Women’s 60-64 — Marie-Josee Cossette (4th)

Women’s 60-64 — Jackie Davidson (8th)

Women’s 65 to 69 — Patrica Harris (5th)

Women’s 65 to 69 — Laurelee Nelson (6th)

Women’s 70 to 74 — Ann Hayes (8th)

Men’s 50 to 54 — Nigel Gray (8th)

Men’s 60 to 64 — Philip Madonia (6th)

Men’s 65 to 69 — Guy Hachey (10th)

Men’s 70 to 74 Stewart Vogstad (10th)

Men’s 75 to 79 — Fred Lambright (4th)