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13th Oct 2010Issue 179

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In case you hadn't noticed - and if you hadn't, where have you been? - Saturday was the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship. We have had our biggest year ever in terms of Tri247 coverage of Kona 2010, with daily diary updates, previews, Age Group race reports, images and a whole lot more. A big race deserves big coverage, and it simply doesn't get bigger than Hawaii - we do hope you have enjoyed our efforts to bring you all the latest news and updates from Kona. A big thank you to Richard Melik (www.freespeed.co.uk) for his invaluable assistance in compiling many of the images and updates we have been able to bring you, plus of course all of the athletes who have taken some of their precious time in Hawaii to keep in touch with their preparation before, and race reports after their big day. It is greatly appreciated.

Huge congratulations to Chris McCormack and Mirinda Carfrae - two worthy champions, and fantastic performances in what was a stellar year for the Ironman World Championships, despite the late withdrawal due to illness of Chrissie Wellington. Get well soon Chrissie!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Ford Ironman World Championships 2010

Of course, the weekend was all about the biggest race in the sport: Kona, Hawaii and the Ironman World Championships. The race got off to an incredible start...with the news that three-time defending Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington would not be able to start due to illness, as she has spoken about HERE.

That shock got the Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and forums of the triathlon world buzzing within seconds - but it is a credit to what followed, that it didn't overshadow what was a great race.

With Chrissie absent, the role of favourite rested on last years second place finisher Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), and that pressure didn't prove to be a burden at all - it seemed to inspire her. A much improved swim put her in great position to start the bike, and while she did reach T2 in arrears of early leaders Julie Dibens, Caroline Steffen (SUI) and Amy Marsh (USA), a stunning new marathon record of 2:53:32 left the fleet footed Aussie in control long before Ali'i Drive, and the fourth fastest Kona time ever - and sub nine hours too. As Chrissie so rightly highlighted "Her performance on Saturday was nothing short of remarkable. She truly is a worthy World Champion." You can read our full roundup of the ladies pro race HERE.

Despite the absence of Chrissie it was still a successful day for the British ladies, with Julie Dibens third in her debut Ironman, Rachel Joyce a tremendous fifth and Leanda Cave in tenth. Read the full review of the GB ladies HERE.

The men's race was a classic, resulting in 2007 champion Chris McCormack (AUS) and 2009 third placer Andreas Raelert (GER) running side-by-side with less than two miles to the finish line. Just when you thought the young German was going to step forward for the title, the legend that is 'Macca' rolled back the years and pulled away for a brilliant win, in what had been a stunning and exciting race - and this Editor was still watching at gone 4 a.m. on Sunday morning! Read the full report HERE, plus and update on the British Pro men HERE.

The Age Group categories of course are always exceptionally tough in Kona. In a repeat of 2008, Stuart Anderson and Lucy Gossage were the first GB Age Groupers across the line in 9:17:19 (M35-39, 10th) and 10:01:04 (W30-34, 4th) respectively. The only GB Age Group winner of the day was Lou Collins in W25-29, where Lou used a 3:11:11 marathon to cross the line in 10:07:16. For the men, Christopher Domoney (M60-64) took third place on the podium with an 11:12:24.

We have a full GB Age Group Ladies review HERE, with a similar piece on the men to follow shortly, plus lots and lots of Kona coverage, images, race report and more!

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:10:37 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 8:58:36
2nd Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:12:17 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:06:00
3rd Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:13:14 Julie Dibens (GBR) 9:10:04
4th Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:16:53 Virgina Berasategui (ESP) 9:16:47
5th Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:20:11 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:18:48
6th Timo Bracht (GER) 8:21:00 Karin Theurig (SUI) 9:22:48
7th Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:22:02 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 9:23:33
8th Dirk Bockel (LUX) 8:22:59 Caitlin Snow (USA) 9:26:42
9th Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:23:26 Heleen Bij De Vaate (NED) 9:27:02
10th Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 8:24:04 Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:27:42

Huatulco ITU World Cup

If you are going to have an end of (or is it 'out of'?) season ITU World Cup event, then Mexico isn't a bad place to hold it and we suspect the race may well have been a great excuse to kick of holiday season for a few racers after a long ITU year! That said, it still attracted a pretty good quality field with ITU World Champion Javier Gomez taking the win for the men (full report HERE), and Ai Ueda of Japan getting the better of Nicola Spirig (SUI) to retain her Huatulco title from 2009. Full report HERE.

Toyota US Open Triathlon, Dallas

Stuart Hayes and Jodie Stimpson made the trip across the Atlantic to the Dallas Triathlon, the non-drafting event which forms part of the Toyota Cup, finishing second and fourth respectively.

Pos Men Women
1st Filip Ospaly (CZE) 1:47:24 Lisa Norder (SWE) 1:57:18
2nd Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:47:43 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 1:59:00
3rd Matt Reed (USA) 1:48:45 Laura Bennet (USA) 2:01:11
4th Greg Bennett (USA) 1:48:53 Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 2:01:53

Domestic Racing

Two-time ITU World Aquathlon Champion Richard Stannard set a new course record of 01:04:13 at the end of season Dartford & Whiteoak Fast and Furious Duathlon.

A field of 103 triathletes competed in three waves, with the elite athletes blazing a trail across the Darenth Valley into Sevenoaks Kent and back. The event comprises of a 5km run, 22km bike race followed by a final 5km run. Clare Elms, first in the Ladies event also set a new course record of 1:12:16.

The Fast and Furious is one of a number of Triathlon events hosted by the North Kent Tri Club for further information go to www.whiteoaktri.co.uk or www.bridgetriathlon.co.uk.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Stannard (B2P) 1:04:13 Clare Elms 1:12:16
2nd Darryl Carter (Team Outrageous) 1:06:05 Susan Miles (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:48:58
3rd Malcolm Davies (Greenwich Tritons) 1:06:12 Jane Wiley (7Oaks Tri) 1:20:47

The inaugural Chilham Castle Duathlon went well, and was won by Simon Casebourne and Sarah Maguire, and we have a full report on that one HERE.

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