Wellington Sets A New Standard
She might not have quite led from start to finish here today at the Ford Ironman World Championship, but almost from the gun the race here in Kailua-Kona was had a predictable conclusion as Chrissie Wellington broke Paula Newby-Fraser’s course record.
Wellington trailed after her 54-minute swim, but was still in eighth place in the women’s race thanks to her 54:31 swim split. The swim was led by South Africa’s Lucie Zelenkova, but the race lead was truly on loan from Wellington – it wouldn’t take long before the defending champ would take the lead.
Wellington simply rode away from a field that included the best the world had to offer. By the time she was finished the bike ride she had a lead of over 11 minutes on her closest competitor and almost a half hour on some of the women expected to compete with her for the win, including athletes like Leanda Cave, Mirinda Carfrae and Rebekah Keat.
The run finally provided some interesting racing … but not for the win. The two burning questions during the run were simple: would Wellington break Newby-Fraser’s course record and who would come second.
In the end the runner-up position would go to Carfrae, who set a new run course record to pass seven women during the marathon to post an impressive first Ironman. Virginia Berasategui would hang on for third, while Tereza Macel would hang in for fourth. Fifth across the line was Keat, but she would eventually be disqualified, which put Canadian Samantha McGlone in the official fifth spot.
Coming into this race it was thought that Wellington could run away with the race – which she did. It was thought that she would also break the course record – which she did, also, but Newby-Fraser took satisfaction in the fact that Wellington had to suffer through some tough miles during the marathon to do that.
If there was any doubt that Chrissie Wellington has redefined Ironman since she blazed onto the scene here in Kona in 2007, that was all erased today as she truly put herself in the record books with another incredible performance.
1 08:54:02 101 Wellington, Chrissie Feltwell NOR GBR 54:31 4:52:07 3:03:06 Oakley
2 09:13:59 131 Carfrae, Mirinda Brisbane QLD AUS 58:45 5:14:18 2:56:51 Oakley
3 09:15:28 106 Berasategui, Virginia Bilbao BIZ ESP 58:52 5:01:42 3:10:43
4 09:23:43 127 Macel, Tereza Toronto ON CAN 53:29 5:04:17 3:21:12 Oakley
5 09:30:28 126 McGlone, Samantha Tucson AZ USA 58:47 5:16:17 3:11:27 Oakley
6 09:32:27 146 Joyce, Rachel London MID GBR 53:31 5:10:03 3:23:43
7 09:34:45 113 Lawn, Joanna Auckland AUK NZL 57:16 5:19:10 3:13:35 Oakley
8 09:38:28 103 Wallenhorst, Sandra Hannover NIE GER 1:03:07 5:20:43 3:09:24
9 09:40:59 110 Griesbauer, Dede Boston MA USA 55:05 5:10:22 3:30:53 Oakley
10 09:42:41 125 Stewart, Tyler Novato CA USA 1:08:31 5:06:20 3:22:59 Oakley
11 09:44:27 105 Corbin, Linsey Missoula MT USA 1:03:05 5:19:12 3:17:37 Oakley
12 09:47:00 129 Deckers, Tine Wijgmaal VLA BEL 1:02:55 5:08:44 3:31:05
13 09:50:13 154 Tajsich, Sonja Sinzing GER 1:12:06 5:14:35 3:17:54
14 09:51:59 112 Snow, Caitlin Brockton MA USA 58:50 5:32:52 3:14:41 Oakley
15 09:55:48 137 Niederfriniger, Edith Merano BZ ITA 59:46 5:24:21 3:26:36