CORBIN AND AL-SULTAN WIN IN AUSTRIA
Corbin won the women's race in 9:09:58, while the 2005 IRONMAN world champion Faris Al-Sultan won the men's race in 8:11:31.
Al-Sultan celebrated his fifth IRONMAN victory. In the non-wetsuit swim (the temperature in Lake Wörthersee was 24.8 degree Celsius, 76.6 degrees Fahrenheit) Al-Sultan was always in the lead group. Hungarian Adam Molnar was first man out of the water after 50:49 minutes. Al-Sultan was fourth place (50:57).
Shortly after the transition the fast swimmer, and strong cyclist, Philip Graves from Great Britain took over the lead and remained in this position until the bike finish. About two minutes behind him Al-Sultan kept in control of the race. When Graves jumped off the bike after 5:16:50 hours, Al-Sultan was only 1:54 behind. In the marathon, the reigning IRONMAN European champion passed Graves after just three km. Behind them, though, were some strong runners including, in third place Argentina's Daniel Fontana followed by Pedro Gomes (Portugal), Tom Lowe from the UK and Germany's Michael Goehner. In the end, though, Al-Sultan was the best marathoner of the day thanks to his 2:50:38 split despite the extreme conditions (up to 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees Fahrenheit).
"It was really hard today," said Al-Sultan after his victory in 8:11:31. "The audience helped me incredibly." Daniel Fontana was runner-up in 8:20:37, third place was taken by the Portuguese Pedro Gomes (8:26:31). A strong IRONMAN debut was posted by Austrian Franz Hofer, who secured fourth place in 8:28:41.
Al-Sultan's winning split times: 50:57 Swim / Bike 4:25:38 / 2:50:38 Run.
In the women's race Linsey Corbin celebrated a great second IRONMAN victory after her triumph at Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2010. She was in Europe for the first time. After a thrilling duel with Hungarian Erika Csomor, Corbin crossed the line first in 9:09:58 hours. As she was a year ago, Csomor was runner-up in 9:12:09 hours.
It was the Hungarian who came out of the water in first place after 57:01 minutes with Corbin was 2:17 minutes back in fifth position. On the bike, Csomor continued to stay at the front of the race for over the first half, keeping a gap of about two minutes to Corbin the entire way while the rest of the field already losing ground. Corbin took the lead after 110 km and dropped the 38-year-old. Corbin reached T2 with a lead of 3:38 minutes.
During the marathon Csomor did everything she could to claim a second Austria title (she won here in 2004) and managed to get the gap down to 67 seconds at 39 km. Corbin, though responded and kept up a strong pace. At 40 km Csomor finally slowed and "Cowgirl" stood straight and ran in for the win.
In a thrilling duel for third place Austrian Michaela Rudolf passed Germany's Dana Wagner at 40 km and rounded out the podium with her 9:44:37.
Corbin's split times: 59:18 swim, 4:54:09 bike, 3:11:07 run.
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Top 10 men:
1 (1) Al-Sultan Faris 1 M GER FINISH 08:11:31
2 (2) Fontana Daniel 5 M ITA FINISH 08:20:37
3 (3) Gomes Pedro 33 M POR FINISH 08:26:31
4 (4) Höfer Franz 44 M AUT FINISH 08:28:41
5 (5) Plese David 42 M SLO FINISH 08:30:47
6 (6) Lowe Tom 31 M GBR FINISH 08:31:15
7 (7) Csoke Balazs 37 M HUN FINISH 08:39:57
8 (8) Göhner Michael 3 M GER FINISH 08:42:42
9 (9) Jaberg Patrick 20 M SUI FINISH 08:43:09
10 (10) Swoboda Georg 11 M AUT FINISH 08:43:58
Top 10 women:
26 (1) Corbin Linsey 51 F USA FINISH 09:09:58
27 (2) Csomor Erika 53 F HUN FINISH 09:12:09
70 (3) Rudolf Michaela 62 F AUT FINISH 09:44:37
73 (4) Wagner Dana 57 F GER FINISH 09:46:10
99 (5) Gruber Elisabeth 115 F AUT FINISH 09:57:41
111 (6) Mochar Constance 196 F AUT FINISH 10:01:02
139 (7) Fürnkranz Simone 56 F AUT FINISH 10:09:53
180 (8) Livesey Caroline 173 F GBR FINISH 10:21:00
193 (9) Nyitray Elizabeth 130 F DOM FINISH 10:24:09
199 (10) Rogl Astrid 246 F AUT FINISH 10:26:17
Photo courtesy Triangle