The last Ironman race in the 2007 calendar year took place today in Busselton, Western Australia. Over 900 triathletes took the plunge down under on a perfect day after several days of rain and wind.
An incentive was announced prior to race day as event organizers offered a $50,000 USD bonus for a world record time on this fast triathlon course. Last year's champion Jason Shortis posted a time of 8:03:57, well short of the world record time of 7:50:27 set by Luc Van Lierde at the Quelle Challenge Roth in Germany (3.8km Swim, 180km Bike, 42.2km Run).
On the men’s side South African Raynard Tissink held the lead half way into the run but pre race favorite Patrick Vernay move up took the lead after that and held on for the win. On the bike, the men were on pace for a sub eight hour finish and only two minutes behind world record pace but once on the run the wind and temperatures picked up and that dashed the quest for a world record time. Tissink held on and finished in second place.
On the women’s side Australian native and last year's runner up at this race Charlotte Paul took the lead from Ali Fitch, who was blazing fast on the bike course, at the 10km mark on the run and continued on strong to take this year’s win. Paul fell short of setting a new world record time and breaking the nine hour barrier but her time of 9:00:56 smashed the course record set by Lisbeth Kristensen by almost 10 minutes. Gina Ferguson of New Zealand moved up on Fitch and passed her to finish in second place as did Bella Comerford who finished in third place today.
2007 Ironman Western Australia Results:
|1 - Charlotte Paul||9:00:55||1 - Patrick Vernay||8:06:00|
|2 - Gina Ferguson||9:08:23||2 - Raynard Tissink||8:09:20|
|3 - Bella Comerford||9:14:25||3 - Mitch Anderson||8:12:20|
|4 - Alison Fitch||9:18:14||4 - Craig McKenzie||8:13:58|
|5 - Tereza Macel||9:22:55||5 - Stephen Bayliss||8:17:51|
The date for next year’s 2008 Ironman Western Australia race has now been established, the date is Sunday, December 7th, 2008. Online registration will open at the end of January 2008.
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