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Posted on: Sunday 12th July 2009


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Well, it was predicted to be a day of records at Quelle Challenge Roth, and indeed it was. Australia's Rebekah Keat smashed the iron distance world record by over six minutes (and her own personal best time by over 20)...yet still finished over seven minutes behind the living legend Chrissie Wellington! That's now seven ironman-distance events unbeaten for the undisputed superstar of long distance racing - male or female. We'd predicted an 8:32:15 finish for Chrissie, and well... we were only 16 seconds out, so we'll take that over eight and a half hours!

Chrissie blitzed a stunning 4:40:27 bike split which gave her a nine and a half minute lead over Keat, Catriona Morrison and Belinda Granger at T2. Granger quickly faded on the run (not helped by her pre race bike crash with a car), but over the first 12km of the run, Keat and Morrison actually gained over two minutes - was there sign of never before seen weakness in Chrissie at this distance? Apparently not, as Chrissie held that seven minute cushion over the closing half marathon, to cross the line 13 minutes, 49 seconds quicker than the world best time set last year on the same course by Yvonne van Vlerken.

That's also Chrissie's third sub-nine hour finish, and she now takes the best British time away from Bella Bayliss, who improved on her own record at Ironman Austria last week (8:50:13)

Keat actually ran a faster marathon than Wellington (2:55:27 to 2:57:31), and while Cat did fade and suffer in the second half of the race, the tough Scot still recorded a not too shabby marathon (3:03:57), to record an amazing 8:48:11 finish. Remember, this was her first ever ironman-distance event! Provisionally, that puts her sixth all-time at the distance, with almost certainly the fastest debut ever. They breed these Scots tough, that's for sure.

Erica Csomor's (HUN) 8:59:42 finish ensured that for the second straight year, a sub-nine hour time was not good enough to make the podium. Belinda Granger found the same last year, and this year she was fifth (9:12:12).

Leanda Cave was 11th (9:46:49) and Lucy Haywood 18th (10:15:09).

Chrissie's splits were:

Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total
0:50:28 0:02:10 4:40:27 0:01:23 2:57:31 8:31:59

Final Times

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Göhner (GER) 7:55:53 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:31:59
2nd Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:02:01 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 8:39:24
3rd Richard Ussher (NLZ) 8:02:15 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 8:48:11

Early leader Normann Stadler finished fourth (8:03:43), after setting a sizzling 4:14 bike split. Exiting T2 he had a five minute buffer on Wolfgang Teuchner (GER), six on Pete Jacobs (AUS) and close to eight on Michael Göhner (GER), Raynard Tissink (RSA) and a small chase group. Teuchner soon dropped back through the field, but Göhner, Jacobs and Richard Ussher (NZL) rapidly gained time. By just gone halfway in the marathon, Stadler was in third, with Göhner and Jacobs running away. Göhner powered away to a rapid 2:41:16 marathon, and while Jacobs couldn't match that, he held on to second from a very fast finishing Ussher.

Top Brit finisher was Graeme Stewart from Scotland with a huge PB of 8:23:39. Simon Finch finished in 8:36:22, Hywel Davies recorded a PB too of 8:44:34 as did Darryl Carter who also dipped under the magic 'nine' with 8:58:29


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