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Ironman France: Zamora Perez and Deckers defend
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Posted on: Sunday 27th June 2010

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Ironman France 2009 saw records broken by Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP), and Tina Deckers (BEL) - and the 2010 edition of the French classic was a case of 'as you were', as Marcel and Tine smashed their way to new course record figures. In doing so, Zamora Perez joined a select group of athletes to have won the same Ironman event on five consecutive occasions.

Frenchman Nicholas Becker used his swim power to build close to a two minute margin on eventual second place finisher Frederik Van Lierde and Axel Zeebrook, both from Belgium, but his lead was to prove short-lived and he wasn't a factor at the sharp end later in the race. As expected, Zamora Perez was a little further back, though the two minute deficit was in line with form, and not a concern to the 'king' of Nice.

The Nice course through the Alpes-Maritimes is one of the the iconic races in the history of triathlon, dating back to the original Nice race won ten times by triathlon legend Mark Allen. This was, as expected, where the race was set to take shape.

Zamora Perez closed the swim deficit to Van Lierde through the 180km, and the pair were to reach T2 in close company.

Before the race the defending champion had talked up his running form, believing he could run a 2:40 marathon, despite the severity of the bike course and heat of the race, and this looked no idle boast as he blasted through the first half marathon well inside that schedule. He did, eventually, pay for this over the final 10km, though his final marathon time of 2:42:08 showed his quality. A word too for Van Lierde - 2:47:14 is not hanging around, and his eventual finish time was only a shade outside of the 2009 course record. He can be well satisfied with his efforts.

The ladies race was all about the bike - specifically, Tine Deckers and a thunderous 5:08 split, almost 20 minutes faster than Erica Csomor. She finished the job off too with a very solid 3:07 run. Behind, Csomor managed a 3:01 split, but it still left her close to 15 minutes behind the impressive Deckers.

Tri247 columnist Joanna Carritt finished eighth overall, her third top-10 performance in the past three weekends for the first year pro and new member of the Team TBC SportsAid squad.

Pos Mne Women
1st Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP) 8:25:28 Tina Deckers (BEL) 9:21:29
2nd Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:30:39 Erica Csomor (HUN) 9:36:08
3rd Olivier Marceau (SUI) 8:52:25 Alexandra Louison (FRA) 9:38:25

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