American Jordan Rapp and Canadian Tereza Macel dominated against tough fields at the Ironman Canada triathlon in Penticton, B.C. Canada.
While Macel was one of the favorites coming into the race due to her domination a month ago at Ironman Lake Placid, Rapp’s convincing victory against a field of veterans came as somewhat of a surprise as the American had never won an Ironman in his career.
Rapp started the day as the 12th man out of the water, with five minutes to make up on American Mark Van Akkeren and three minutes to make up on the large chase pack. Germany’s Andi Boecherer and Australian Luke Bell came out of the water together and worked quickly to catch Van Akkeren. The pair stayed out front for much of the 112-mile bike. Rapp quietly worked his way through the field and stole the lead in the final miles of the bike. Once on the run, Rapp’s lead only continued to grow as both Bell and Boecherer began to fade. Rapp’s marathon time of 2:55:32 was the fastest of the field, giving him his first victory. Behind him, Switzerland’s Mike Aigroz ran his way from sixth to second for a final time of 8:40:17. Australia’s Courtney Ogden also had an impressive run, improving from ninth off of the bike to third across the finish line at 8:44:37.
The women’s race started with Macel easily exiting the water in first position with a time of 51:11. Last year’s winner, Australian Belinda Granger, exited the water two minutes back of Macel and quickly went to work in an attempt to catch the Canadian. Macel did not give anyone a chance to catch her by posting a bike time of 4:58:13. The next fastest bike split came from a chasing Granger at 5:12:19. Macel’s domination of the swim and the bike gave her a commanding 15-minute lead. Macel carried her momentum from the bike to the run and posted a marathon time of 3:17:52 for the victory. Granger managed to hold off faster runners and crossed the line 29 minutes after Macel at 9:40:48. Canada’s Janelle Morrison ran her way from ninth to third to claim the final podium spot with a time of 9:48:54.
Penticton Canada, B.C., Canada – August 30, 2009
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:25:13
2. Mike Aigroz (SUI) 8:40:17
3. Courtney Ogden (AUS) 8:44:37
4. Jasper Blake (CAN) 8:48:29
5. Wolfgang Guembel (CAN) 8:50:27
1. Tereza Macel (CAN) 9:11:20
2. Belinda Granger (AUS) 9:40:48
3. Janelle Morrison (CAN) 9:48:54
4. Haley Cooper (USA) 9:53:35
5. Tara Norton (CAN) 9:59:42