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Sub-8 for Vanhoenacker at Ironman Austria
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Posted on: Sunday 4th July 2010


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Belgium's Marino Vanhoenacker did his level best to ensure that Ironman Austria was a one-man show today, and in doing so, achieved both of his pre-race targets.

Firstly, by winning his fifth consecutive title, he joined a very select group to have achieved that feat at a single Ironman (the others being Mark Allen (Hawaii), Chris McCormack (Australia), Cameron Brown (New Zealand) and Marcel Zamora Perez (France)).

He also smashed his way into our Sub-8 Iron History article, crossing the line in 7:52:05, the fourth fastest time ever, making him only the eleventh man to have recorded a sub-8 iron clocking. Arguably his time 'should' be further up the list, since the 7:51:56 of Peter Reid, also in Klagenfurt (1999) is known to have benefitted from a (since corrected) short run course. Either way, a stunning performance from the quiet Belgian, and another M-Dot win to add to others in Florida, South Africa and Malaysia.

Ironman Austria has proven a happy hunting ground in recent years for Stephen and Bella Bayliss, but today wasn't their best, in what is proving to be a tough season for them. Stephen finished sixth (8:31:07), while Bella was a DNF, after also receiving a penalty during the bike ride. You can be sure the pair will be wanting to regroup, and get things back on track for Ironman UK in early August.

By contrast to the men's race, not really a stellar year for the ladies. A 9:18:50 winning time on one of the fastest courses around is probably not what anyone would have expected this morning, but I'm sure Eva Dollinger (AUT) won't care, as she took her first Ironman victory on home soil. As with Louise Collins in Lanzarote, age group athlete Beate Göertz (GER) - M4044 - made the podium overall, in third, just four minutes back from Karina Ottosen (DEN).

We'll bring you more from Austria very soon, courtesy of Henry Budgett!

Pos Men Women
1st Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 7:52:05 Eva Dollinger (AUT) 9:18:50
2nd Dennis Denvriendt (BEL) 8:12:51 Karina Ottosen (DEN) 9:34:50
3rd Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:14:50 Beate Göertz (GER) 9:38:56

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