POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 10, 2010
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii » Australia's Chris McCormack won the Ironman World Championship for the second time in four years yesterday, finishing the 140.6-mile triathlon in 8 hours, 10 minutes, 37 seconds.
The 37-year-old McCormack held off a late challenge from Germany's Andreas Raelert, with the two running side by side into the final miles of the marathon following a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride.
"I'm so happy," McCormack said. "I had nothing to lose today. I just told myself I'd stay in the moment today. It's a dream come true."
Raelert was second in 8:12:17. Belgium's Marino Vanhoenacker finished third in 8:13:14.
Raelert, third last year, said the heat of day overcame him and he faded in the last 2 miles.
"I did everything I could," he said. "I thought I had to dig deep last year, today those last miles were tough."
In the women's division, Australian Mirinda Carfrae raced to her first Ironman title, winning in 8:58:36.
The 29-year-old Carfrae had the fourth-fastest time in the 32-year history of the event and also broke her own year-old run course record with a 2:53:32 marathon.
"I just can't believe it. I'm speechless," she said.
Switzerland's Caroline Steffen was second in 9:06:00, followed by Britain's Julie Dibens in 9:10:04.