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Ironman records in PE
- Updated: April 6, 2009
Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker and Czech Republic’s Lucie Zelenkova were crowned 2009 Spec-Savers South African Ironman championships in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Vanhoenacker clocked 8hr 17min 32sec for the gruelling swim/cycle/run event and Zelenkova was almost exactly an hour slower in 9:16:32.
Calm condtions in Nelson Mandela Bay saw swim records in both men’s and women’s 3.8 kilometre categories, Anton Storm coming out of the water in 45:22 and Zelenkova following in 47:40.
Temperatures soared for the 180km cycle leg as Vanhoecker covered the two-lap course in 4:25:08, ahead of the other Storm brother Brad (4:30:46).
Zelenkova continued her domination of the event, finishing the cycling leg in 5:00:38 from Briton Rachel Joyce (5:04:53).
Things got even hotter on the run leg with the mercury hitting 34 degrees for the standard marathon distance of 42.2km.
There were bound to be casualties and defending women’s champion, Bella Bayliss, PRO athlete Justin Gray as well as hometown favourite Raynard Tissink all retired before 12km into the marathon and Andrea Brede falling out after the 18km point.
Vanhoenacker went on to break Stephen Bayliss’s race record of 8:18:23 and Zelenkova won her first Ironman in record time, shattering Natascha Badmann’s (Switzerland) previous record of 9:22:01.
Lawrence van Lingen, husband of Olympic track athlete Gwen, was second South African home (10th overall) in 9:17:16 behind James Cunnama (SA) who was timed at 8:55:24.
First SA woman was Jacqui Gordon in 9:46:26.
1. Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 08:17:32
2. Michael Gohner (GER) 08:32:01
3. Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 08:36:07
4. Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 08:47:26
5. Andreas Venhorst (GER) 08:51:52
6. James Cunnama (RSA) 08:55:24
7. Raimo Raudsepp (EST) 08:57:19
8. Olivier Marceau (FRA) 08:59:09
9. Sebastian Pedraza (ITA) 09:03:19
10. Lawrence Van Lingen (RSA) 09:17:16
1. Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 09:16:32
2. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 09:27:59
3. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 09:37:00
4. Jacqui Gordon (RSA) 09:46:26
5. Caroline Koll (RSA) 10:08:35