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Sabatschus & Granger Win Inaugural Ironman China Titles


Germany's Olaf Sabatschus is the first participant to cross the finish line at the very hot and humid inaugural Ironman China triathlon thus becoming the first male champion of Ironman China. He crossed the finish line in a time of 8:52:14, eleven minutes ahead of second place finisher Byung Hoon Park. On the women's teamTBB gets another win as Belinda Granger wins her 2nd Ironman title of 2008 with the women's Ironman China title.

For Sabatschus the win must feel amazing. In late 2006 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He received immediate and successful treatment and spent early 2007 recovering. The win today has to be a total confidence boost for him after his minor setback; he will be a force to reckon with. He's a familiar face at Ironman Brazil and is currently on the starting list for the race which is scheduled to take place at the end of May. He has won Brazil twice, back-to-back wins in 2004 and 2005.

Training in Asia with teamTBB seems to be a plus for Granger who seems to like it when it's hot. Today she won Ironman China under sweltering conditions. Back in February she did a similar feat in Langkawi when she won Ironman Malaysia in hot and humid conditions. This is her second Ironman title in 2008. Last weekend three of her teamTBB team members won Ironman titles in South Africa and Arizona.
 
2008 Ironman China Results:

     Women          Men  
1 - Belinda Granger 10:08:37    1 - Olaf Sabatschus 8:52:14
2 - Donna Phelan 10:37:11    2 - Byung Hoon Park 9:13:15
3 - Abigail Bayley 10:43:11    3 - Timothy K. Marr 9:14:17
4 - Belinda Jane Harrison 10:48:24    4 - Chris McDonald 9:24:17
5 - Brigitte Niederberger 11:07:41    5 - Rene Goehler 9:26:35

It's been a busy month for the WTC as Ironman China becomes the 4th and final Ironman race scheduled to take place in the month April. On top of that, today in a unique situation in Haikou they had the inaugural running of Ironman 70.3 China. The race was run on the same course but the triathlon started 2 hours later. They had 471 participants for the Ironman race today and 261 competitors and 57 relay teams for the 70.3 race.

Additional coverage of Ironman Arizona:
- Ironman China Race Day Coverage via Ironman.com
- Last man standing in China via teamTBB
 
 
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