Aussie makes history at Hawaiian Ironman
October 11, 2009 - 2:36PM
Craig Alexander has made history at the Hawaiian Ironman, becoming the first Australian to win triathlon's most famous race twice.
Alexander also became only the fourth man to successful defend the overall title at Hawaii when he won in eight hours 20 minutes and 21 seconds.
In another great day for Australia at Hawaii, first-timer Mirinda Carfrae finished second in the women's race.
Great British phenomenon Chrissie Wellington broke the women's race record with an incredible time of 8:54.02, about 20 minutes ahead of Carfrae.
It is the fourth-straight year an Australian has won Hawaii, with Michellie Jones taking out the women's title in 2006 and Chris McCormack successful in 2007.
McCormack recovered from a rough patch during the run to finish fourth, four minutes and 59 seconds behind Alexander.
American Chris Lieto led until just under 10km left and he finished a gutsy second, two minutes and 35 seconds behind Alexander, while German Andreas Raelert was third.
Australian Pete Jacobs has had a breakthrough race, finishing eighth in 8:30.15.
Australia's other Hawaiian Ironman champion is Greg Welsh, who won in 1994.
The race is held in brutally-hot conditions on the Big Island of Hawaii and consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run, with about 1800 triathletes competing.
A test of ones ability that is judged on what the individual actually does or achieves.
How long before Hussein Obama decrees that all of the participants are entitled to the first place getters medal regardless of wether they finished the race or not, in the interests of equity and social justice?