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© John Levison
Austria in numbers...
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 4th July 2011


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The 2011 Ironman Austria in numbers...

I think I've mentioned this before, it's ironic - but true - but in terms of speed of reporting on an event, sometimes actually being there is detrimental to your ability to (very swiftly) report on it. At least, to do so in detail, with the coverage it deserves.

Combine that 'journalist' role with the (more important this time!) function of acting as support team to a family member racing her first Ironman, and getting the news online three seconds after it's happened, for once, takes on secondary importance.

Still, I was there to witness (a lot) of history, happiness, tears and emotion - and I had a brilliant experience at an incredibe event. If you love Ironman, you really should go to Klagenfurt at least once.

The full, more considered report, commentary and opinion will follow in the coming days, but with the Editor's (favourite?) statto hat on, here are a few scores on the doors...

  • World Record/World Best for an Iron-distance Triathlon: Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) - 7:45:58
  • Fastest Female Debut Ironman: Race winner Mary Beth Ellis (USA) - 8:43:35
  • British (and English) Ironman Record: Tom Lowe - 8:11:31
  • Irish Ironman Record (Men): Martin Muldoon - 8:49:46
  • Irish Ironman Record (Ladies): Joyce Wolfe - 9:15:43
  • 'Iron Virgin' Matt Molloy finished in 9:02:52
  • 'Iron Virgin' Boo Alder finished in 13:54:53
  • A British invasion? After the Austrian's, the Brits were the largest contingent here with 349 athletes...
  • Two sub-eight hour men: Marino plus Michael Weiss (AUT) - 7:57:40
  • Four sub-nine hour women: Mary Beth, plus Erica Csomor, Diana Riesler and Heleen Bij de vaate (FULL DETAILS). Only the third time that has happened.
  • The best swim course in the world. Possibly the best spectator experience ever. Truly, an iconic swim leg.

So much more to say and write, and that will follow soon...


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