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XTERRA World Championship results: Stolz and Vanlandingham
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 24th October 2010

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The 2010 XTERRA World Championship on the beautiful island of Maui saw South African XTERRA legend Conrad 'the caveman' Stolz secure his fourth Maui world title, adding to his previous wins in 2001, 2002 and 2007, while Great Britain's Julie Dibens added a silver, to her previous three world championship gold's.

The two-time Olympic triathlete Stolz was seventh out of the beautiful blue ocean at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort, just 19 seconds off the pace set by leader Seth Wealing (USA). The 32km cycle leg up and down the slopes of the Haleakala volcano was where the two-time Olympian stamped his authority - in style - over a class field, pulling away to build up a lead of five minutes at T2, where he was 'chased' by a group including Batelier, Weiss, Marceau, Lebrun and defending champion Eneko Llanos. With such a margin, the run was a formality, and Stolz was never challenged for victory. XTERRA European Champion Franky Batelier (FRA) took silver while Michael Weiss (AUT) took the bronze, just as last year.

The ladies race had a familiar start, with Christine Jeffrey - third fastest, including the men - leading three-time defending champion Julie Dibens out of the swim. Dibens quickly hit the front though, but unlike years past she had competition from a hard charging Shonny Vanlandingham (USA). Vanlandingham was over four minutes back out of the water, but made light of the that on two wheels making up over five minutes on the usually dominant Dibens, who finished third in her first Ironman at Kona two weeks ago. Taking a lead onto the run course that Dibens couldn't close, Vanlandingham crossed the line at 41 years of age for her first world title, while Dibens added an XTERRA silver to her Ironman World Championship bronze.

Pos Men Women
1st Conrad Stolz (RSA) 2:31:07 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 2:58:20
2nd Franky Batelier (FRA) 2:36:14 Julie Dibens (GBR) 2:59:32
3rd Michael Weiss (AUT) 2:36:45 Marion Lorblanchet (FRA) 3:06:11

Ada Shaw finished 14th (2:46:06), Sam Gardner 17th (2:48:06) and Ian Leitch 22nd (2:50:42) for the men, while Lesley Patterson was seventh (3:11:37), Emma Ruth Smith 8th (3:11:53) and Daz Parker 15th (3:33:29) among the GB Pro's.


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