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Impressive Wins for Alexander & Steffen in Melbourne

immelalexander12.jpgCraig Alexander and Caroline Steffen win the 2012 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in impressive fashion. It was a sub-8:00 performance day for the 38-year old Alexander on his home turf, while Steffen nearly MISSED the Ironman World Record time on her adopted home turf. She's from Switzerland but trains about six months of the year in Australia.

Alexander's splits on the day Swim: 50:33 Bike: 4:24:43 Run: 2:38:46 for a 7:57:44, a course record that might stand for a while. Steffen's splits were just as impressive, Swim: 53:29 Bike: 4:35:29 Run: 3:01:22 for a time of 8:34:51. The Ironman World Record time held by Chrissie Wellington is 8:33:56 set at the 2011 Ironman South Africa race.

2012 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships Results:
Melbourne, VIC, Australia, - March 25, 2012

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Craig Alexander 07:57:44*
Caroline Steffen 08:34:51*
Cameron Brown 08:00:12
Rachel Joyce 08:46:09
Frederik van Lierde 08:01:26
Mirinda Carfrae 09:04:00
Eneko Llanos 08:02:23
Joanna Lawn 09:06:53
David Dellow 08:04:19
Gina Crawford 09:11:16
Paul Matthews 08:05:58
Rebekah Keat 09:13:43
Luke Bell 08:10:38
Jessica Jacobs 09:13:57
Joe Gambles 08:12:46
Carrie Lester 09:18:25
Marko Albert 08:18:04
Michelle Vesterby 09:19:05
Bart Aernouts 08:18:17
Belinda Granger 09:26:21
* = New Course Record        

immelsteffen12.jpgThe pair capture 4,000 KPR points towards this year's World Championship race in Kona, a first place check for $25,000 USD. Alexander receives the first place Greg Welch trophy while Steffen gets the Michellie Jones trophy.

It was a perfect day for racing in, starting Frankston, Australia for the inaugural Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship. The weather calmed down for the 1600+ athletes taking part, including one of the largest professional fields outside of Kona.

The oldest male competitor is through the finish, Geoff Thorsen, age 69, from Allambie Heights, New South Wales. He's completed 48 Ironman races to date and finished in 13:43:31. By comparison, the youngest male finished in 10:51:51, 20 year old Jake Tobin from Bonbeach, Victoria.

You can notch another Iron Distance triathlon finish on the World Record Quest for James Lawrence from Utah. He finishes the day in 11:36:31. This was supposed to be his fourth Iron Distance race of 2012, but Ironman New Zealand had weather issues and was reduced to a 70.3 race. You can Stay up-to-date with James' world record quest (TriAndGiveaDam) at www.triandgiveadam.com

Additional Coverage:
- 2012 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Coverage and Athlete Tracker [via Ironman.com]

Check out our 2012 Ironman Triathlon Results Grid where at a glance you can see the top three professional triathletes that made the podium at each of the Ironman Series races around the world.