segunda-feira, 21 de novembro de 2011


TEMPE, Ariz. - More than 2,500 athletes ranging in age from 18 to 74 entered Tempe Town Lake at the eighth edition of Ford Ironman Arizona. Top professionals Eneko Llanos (ESP) and Leanda Cave (GBR) celebrated victories, with Llanos setting a course record, in Tempe and crossed the finish line in 7:59:38 and 8:49:00, respectively.
In one of the most competitive fields for an Ironman race this season, John Dahlz (USA) exited the water first followed by Stephane Poulat (FRA). A number of professionals would surge throughout the three-loop bike course with Llanos making his move into first at mile-marker 45. Combined with a solid finish into T2, Llanos would broaden his gap on the field, outlasting the competition with a run-split of 2:46:09 and becoming the second male to go under eight hours in a North American Ironman event.

Top five professional men's results are below:

1. Eneko Llanos ESP 7:59:38
2. Paul Amey GBR 8:01:29
3. Viktor Zyemtsev UKR 8:14:36
4. Torsten Abel USA (TUCSON, Ariz.) 8:16:44
5. Stephane Poulat FRA 8:18:55

Amanda Stevens (USA) was the first professional female to exit Tempe Town Lake, followed by Kelly Williamson (USA) and Meredith Kessler (USA). The multi-looped bike course out and back through the Salt River Maricopa Indian Community tested many of the female professionals, but Stevens would remain in the lead heading into the final transition. It would ultimately come down to the marathon, where Cave was able to overtake Stevens to win her first Ironman Arizona title and set the second fastest time in this course's history.

Top five professional women's results are below: 

1.Leanda Cave GBR 8:49:00
2 Linsey Corbin USA 8:54:33
3 Meredith Kessler USA 9:00:14
4. Amanda Stevens USA 9:09:39
5. Michelle Vesterby DEN 9:11:23

One of nearly 30 events in the global Ironman Series, Ford Ironman Arizona leads athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run on a course that utilizes a variety of Tempe's scenic areas. Athletes complete a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed by a challenging bike course through the Sonoran Dessert and a run around Tempe Town Lake, finishing in Tempe Beach Park. The finish line officially closes at midnight. The event offers a total professional prize purse of $75,000 and 65 coveted slots to the 2012 Ironman World Championship, taking place on Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

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