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Jacobs, Cave Earn Ironman World Championship Titles
Six Americans race to top-10 finishes
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Australia’s Pete Jacobs and Great Britain’s Leanda Cave claimed their first-ever Ironman World Championship titles Saturday, and Andy Potts and Mary Beth Ellis led a combined six Americans to top-10 finishes.Jacobs was the men’s winner in 8 hours, 18 minutes, 37 seconds, while Cave claimed the women’s title in 9:15:54 on the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run course.
Germany’s Andreas Raelert was second, and Belgium’s Frederik Van Lierde took third on the men’s side. Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen and Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae went two-three in the women’s race.
Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Timothy O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) finished seventh and eighth on the men’s side in 8:31:45 and 8:33:28. Potts, a 2004 Olympian, led the men out of the water with a 50:32 swim split.
One of the fastest runners in the field, Jacobs came off the bike more than eight minutes behind Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker. He posted a 2:48:05 marathon split en route to the victory.
On the women’s side, Ellis (Boulder, Colo.) led the U.S. with a fifth-place finish in 9:22:57. She was among a group of five women who got away early on the bike after strong efforts on the swim. Ellis led the women into T2 but was forced to serve a four-minute penalty before heading out on the marathon. Ellis held strong alongside Cave throughout much of the run before fading slightly to her fifth-place finish.
Cave held off a challenge from the fleet-footed Carfrae and eventually passed Steffen for the win with roughly three miles to go.
Linsey Corbin (Missoula, Mont.), Caitlin Snow (Brockton, Mass.) and Amy Marsh (Austin, Texas) placed eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, to give the U.S. four women in the top 10.
2012 Ironman World Championship – Complete Results
(2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run)
Men’s Top 10
1. Pete Jacobs (AUS), 8:18:37
2. Andreas Raelert (GER), 8:23:40
3. Frederik Van Lierde (BEL), 8:24:09
4. Sebastian Kienle (GER), 8:27:08
5. Faris Al-Sultan (GER), 8:28:33
6. Timo Bracht (GER), 8:30:57
7. Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 8:31:45
8. Timothy O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.), 8:33:28
9. David Dellow (AUS), 8:35:02
10. Dirk Bockel (LUX), 8:36:21
Women’s Top 10
1. Leanda Cave (GBR), 9:15:54
2. Caroline Steffen (SUI), 9:16:58
3. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS), 9:21:41
4. Sonja Tajsich (GER), 9:22:45
5. Mary Beth Ellis (Boulder, Colo.), 9:22:57
6. Natasha Badmann (SUI), 9:26:25
7. Gina Crawford (NZL), 9:28:54
8. Linsey Corbin (Missoula, Mont.), 9:32:18
9. Caitlin Snow (Brockton, Mass.), 9:36:18
10. Amy Marsh (Austin, Texas), 9:38:15