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Perfect ten: Chrissie Wellington smashes Ironman Arizona
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Posted on: Sunday 21st November 2010


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The Queen is dead - long live the Queen!

Kona 2010 may not have seen the expected (fourth) coronation of Chrissie Wellington as Ironman World Champion, but if she was prevented from racing there due to illness, she sure wanted to put things straight today at Ironman Arizona in Tempe. "This was my Kona" she said.

This was her tenth Ironman-distance event, and once again, she still has her 100% record in tact with another incredible effort which allowed her to finish eighth overall including the pro men.

A finish time of 8:36:13 is the third fastest female iron-distance time ever - only beaten by her two finishes at Challenge Roth - and thus is also an official Ironman World best, previously held by Sandra Wallenhorst (8:47:26 at Ironman Austria, 2008). Chrissie now owns the fastest absolute iron-distance time, the fastest M-Dot Ironman time and the Kona course record. And she was reported as having ridden the final miles today with a flat tyre...

The day started well. We'd mentioned before the 2010 (further) improvement in Chrissie's swim times, and her 51:56 was less than a minute behind fellow Brits and renowned swimmers Leanda Cave and Rachel Joyce, who lead out of the water in Hawaii last month.

The first lap of the bike however, the huge eventual margin of victory wasn't obvious (yet), as both Leanda and Rachel matched her pace, as the British trio had a clear lead over the other ladies. However, Chrissie's bike strength is perhaps not her 'absolute' speed, more her ability to maintain a relentless pace throughout the whole 112 miles better than anyone else, and hold that speed while others fade, and during the second lap of three she pulled away and started to add the expected minutes to her lead. At T2 Chrissie lead Leanda Cave by 12:20 from Heather Wurtele (17:08), Linsey Corbin (18:47) and Meredith Kessler (20:11).

We think Rachel Joyce suffered a bike crash during the second lap of the ride, eventually pulling out of the race during the run - we'll update when we get confirmation.

Chrissie hit the run course hard, and didn't let up until the line and her now traditional Blazeman roll. Setting out at the same pace as Rasmus Henning, she finished of the day with a stunning 2:52:55 marathon, to completely smash the existing course record on her way to all of the accolades noted above. Linsey Corbin ran through from fourth at T2 to take second place with an excellent 3:03:28 marathon clocking, while we are sure Leanda Cave will be extremely satisfied to have taken third. Her 9:13:50 clocking is an Ironman personal best, a Welsh ladies iron-distance record, and concludes an exhausting schedule of Kona (10th), Miami 70.3 (winner), 70.3 World Champs (silver) and now Ironman Arizona (third). Leanda, you have really earned a break now!

Pos Women
1st Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:36:13
2nd Linsey Corbin (USA) 9:05:33
3rd Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:13:50
4th Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:15:01
5th Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:19:10

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