Raynard Tissink and Sonja Tajsich patiently dominated today's 2010 Ironman South Africa race in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and come out on top with the victories. For hometown hero / favorite Tissink it's been a long time coming but he finally gets his second Ironman South Africa title with the win in a time of 8:23:28. He patiently moved up through the field and then dominated on the run to stay ahead of Mathias Hecht. This is Tissink's 6th Ironman Title (Canada, South Africa, Austria, Korea, Wisconsin), he last won Ironman South Africa back in 2005 and has been runner up three times since then.
Last year's runner up Sonja Tajsich, who barely made it to Port Elizabeth in time due to the travel related woes related to the volcano ash moves up a podium spot with today's victory. Again she was slow out of the swim, but the fastest bike and run splits of the day helped her stay ahead of Caroline Steffen and achieve today's win and her second Ironman Title of her career, she won Ironman Malaysia back in 2006.
2010 Ironman South Africa Results:
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Notable DNF's for the day include favorites Bella Bayliss and defending champ Lucie Zelenkova who might have not be able to overcome her emotions today since her fiancée's brother was tragically killed two days ago.
Today's race was plagued by the volcano in Iceland as many athletes were unable to make it to Port Elizabeth due to the travel related issues. For those affected it's an unfortunate situation as they are not only out racing at a great race venue they might be out a refund as well as completing an Ironman distance race this year. European Ironman organizers have agreed to a goodwill solution. All affected athletes will be offered free entries to Ironman 70.3 races in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
"All Ironman full distance races in Europe are fully booked but Wiesbaden, Rapperswil and St. Pölten make it possible for those who have been in training for many months to get a free entry in one of the races." says Kai Walter, CEO of IRONMAN European Headquarter
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