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Rapp, Beth Ellis win Ironman New York
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Posted on: Sunday 12th August 2012


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Following Saturday's inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship - New York City, has teamTBB athlete Mary Beth Ellis further cemented her status as a contender in Kona this October? Her team mate Caroline Steffen (SUI) is arguably the pre-race favourite, but Ellis - who we interviewed earlier this year - has now quietly built a hugely impressive Ironman CV, five wins from six starts. Having had a taste of Kona last year, she'll be much better prepared this time around.

Her fourth Ironman win (following Austria, Regensburg and Canada last year), came earlier this season at Ironman Texas - where the first man was... New York winner Jordan Rapp. Indeed, Rapp also won in Canada last year too; best go for a win-double then when both race together again!

Want more parallels? Rapp - the 2011 ITU World Long Distance Champion - like Ellis, also claimed his fifth Ironman title in New York to add to Canada (2009/2011), Arizona (2009) and that win in Texas.

On a hot day, Rapp was a dominant winner with a fastest bike and run combination. Using his well developed pacing on the bike, he took the lead late in the ride and then ran away from the field, eventually finishing 13 minutes clear with the sole sub-three hour (2:59:21) run of the day.

Rapp and Beth Ellis will leave New York with a healthy $25,000 cheque each, the debut event one of just three P-4000 races on the 2012 schedule alongside Melbourne (Asia Pacific Champs) and Frankfurt (European Champs).

One piece of sad news from the event was the widely reported news that a 43 year old male competitor had died, having been pulled out of the Hudson River swim portion of the race.

Pos Men Women
1st Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:11:18 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 9:02:48
2nd Maxim Kriat (UKR) 8:24:32 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 9:13:24
3rd Jozsef Major (HUN) 8:27:00 Amy Marsh (USA) 9:15:57
4th Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 8:29:20 Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:30:29
5th Markus Thomschke (GER) 8:30:02 Tamara Kozulina (UKR) 9:33:23

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