Alexander The Great
Craig Alexander from Cronulla, Australia, wearing custom Radar took home his first Ironman World Championships on Kona yesterday in only his second attempt. Last year Craig took home a very respectable second place.
Craig is a big family man and wanted to start a family with his wife a few years back and she said they could only have kids after he won the Ironman World Championships. Well at the finish line the Alexander clan, consisting of his beautiful daughter and wife, and parents attacked Craig. Each one of them was supporting him throughout the entire race, wearing “Alexander The Great” tee shirts with his website on the back – craigalexander.net.
It has been a lifelong dream for Craig to win this prestigious event, and this weekend on Kona it became reality. After many successful years of winning at the half Ironman distance of 70.3, Alexander studied endless amounts of tape to prepare himself for this win at the 30th Ironman World Championship.
The race started out under breaking skies, which came as a delight to spectators as the entire week leading up to the event had been pretty overcast. At 6:45am the pro swim began with over a total of 1,740 competitors in the water.
Out of the water Andy Potts (US Olympian) came charging onto his bike to take the lead in his first Ironman World Championship. But once the bikers rounded the “hot corner” it was the Torbjorn Sinballe (Oakley) show for the bike portion – earning him the Timex Ironman Watch Bonus.
At one point Torbjorn pulled ahead as much as five minutes on the second position and would enter into the marathon portion over four minutes ahead of Oakley’s, Chris Lieto wearing the new Livestrong Racing Jacket eyewear.
Craig Alexander however was a good eleven and half minutes behind Sinballe when he entered the marathon portion of the race. But like all true Oakley iconic athletes before him, Alexander would begin to close that gap in unprecedented proportions of 45 seconds a mile! At the 22-mile marker Craig was in full stride as his competitors, Oakley’s Norman Stadler (Timex Ironman Watch Bonus Winner) being one of them would begin to slow their kick and watch Alexander cruise by them.
When Craig hit Alii Drive the crowd began to go crazy and it was now obvious that Mr. Craig Alexander was going to meet his destiny of Ironman World Champion for 2008!