Today in Kona, the 2006 Ironman 70.3 World Champions Craig Alexander and Samantha McGlone showed the world that they are capable of going long. These Kona rookies were the wildcard athletes in the mix of pre-race predictions but nobody probably predicted what occurred today. In their debut at the Ironman World Championship triathlon race today in Kona both of these amazing athletes finished in 2nd place amongst a top field of professional triathletes.
McGlone has continued here winning ways this year while training for Kona, she was 1st at 5430 Half Ironman in August (new course record), 1st - at Vineman Ironman 70.3 in July (new course record), 1st - at Honu Ironman 70.3 in June and 1st at the Subaru Muskoka Chase Triathlon in June. Today McGlone, completed her first marathon and in a very respectable time of three hours. She ran in her first Ironman race and competed in her first Ironman World Championship and to finish in 2nd place is just downright amazing. Her overall time of 9:14:04 was four minutes faster than last year’s winner Michellie Jones who finished in a time of 9:18:31. Michellie Jones dropped out of the triathlon today at some point during the bike portion of the race.
Alexander has also been busy this year participating in Olympic and 70.3 distance triathlons. His wins this year include: 1st at Newfoundland Ironman 70.3, 1st at Vineman Ironman 70.3, 1st at Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon, 1st at Subaru Muskoka Chase Triathlon, 1st at Florida Disney Triathlon 70.3, 1st at St Croix Ironman 70.3 and 1st at the Australian Long Course Championships. Today wasn’t his Ironman debut, that actually occurred this past April at the Ironman Australia Triathlon in Port Macquarie. In his debut he placed 3rd with a time of 8:38:50. Alexander qualified for Kona with his win last year at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and decided to try it out. What an amazing day Alexander and Australia as he finished in 2nd place with a time of 8:19:04, behind first place winner Chris McCormack also of Australia.
For more information about Craig Alexander and updates from Kona visit his website: www.craigalexander.net
Both athletes are scheduled to defend their Ironman 70.3 title in Clearwater, Florida in just over a month at the Ironman World Championship 70.3 on November 10th, 2007. We will have to see how they recover from this grueling race today in Kona and if they can recover enough to be competitive.