Victory at Ironman St. George for Weiss and Wurtele
The first Ironman St. George at Sand Hallow Reservoir was said to be the world’s toughest Ironman. With almost 2000 athletes toughing it out to complete the course, besting them all were Michael Weiss of Austria and Heather Wurtele of Canada.
In T1, Luke Bell of Australia was at the head of the pack with a time of 49:22. Bell continued to keep his lead until mile 35. This was where he was grouped in with Chris McDonald (AUS), Matt Lieto (US), Clemens Coenen (GER) and Ben Hoffman (US).
It was on the longest descent of the race where Weiss caught up with them and took the lead going to T2. The run course was to Weiss’ advantage as he finished in 8:40:08. Hoffman, McDonald, Bell and Kiririll Kotsegarov (EST) were vying for second through shuffling positions. Hoffman emerged ahead of the group at 8:52:54, giving him the second place. McDonald finished third at 8:54:42.
In the women’s race, Gina Crawford of New Zealand, Meredith Kessler of the United States and Wurtele began to head the race during the swim course. Wurtele grabbed the opportunity to get front position during the bike course by riding with a 16-minute lead over her chasers. With great effort, she was undefeated on her quest for gold and finished at 9:35:25.
Kessler came in second with a time of 9:46:58 while Caitlin Snow of the United States rounded up the podium with a time of 10:07:26.
Ironman St. George
St. George, Utah – May 1, 2010
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:40:08
2. Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:52:54
3. Chris McDonald (AUS) 8:54:42
4. Kirill Kotsegarov (EST) 8:58:18
5. Clemens Coenen (GER) 9:02:13
1. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:35:25
2. Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:46:58
3. Caitlin Snow (USA) 10:07:26
4. Gina Crawford (NZL) 10:11:50
5. Kathleen Pallardy (USA) 10:20:45