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October 10, 2011
To everyone who streamed and tweeted about the Ironman World Championships this past weekend you were in for a treat. Once again, Craig Alexander crossed the line in dramatic fashion and finished with a course record by 12 seconds after posting an amazing 2:44 marathon. He then collpased after the line in pure exhaustion, but again Ironman champion.

Here is how he became Ironman Champion:

Swim:51:56 (4th overall)
T1: 1:55
Bike: 5:17:56 (4th overall) (25.45 mph)
T2: 1:58
Run: 2:44:02 (6:15 avg)

For his full splits (mile marker breakdowns go to and put in bib number 1 or look up by his name

Here is a look at Alexander’s Specialized SHIV which he used to “win” the World Championships. The bike has always been his achilles’ heel until he wore out the course with this sleek bike

Pete Jacobs finished second (6 minutes behind Alexander) and Andres Raelertt finished third to round out the men’s podium

In the women’s division, it came down to the two favorites; Chrissie Wellington and Mirinda Carfrae with Wellington edging out her rival by almost three minutes. This was the closest finish Wellington has had in her Kona career, but was able to secure her 4th Ironman World Championship in four years. Last year she had to withdraw because of illness.

Chrissie Wellington:

T1: 2:05
Bike: 4:56:53 (22.64 mph)
T2: 2:26
Run: 2:52:41 (6:35 avg)

Carfrae swam 4 minutes faster than Wellington, lost about 7 minutes on the bike and ran virtually the same as Wellington (40 seconds difference) to finish almost three minutes behind and finishing in 2nd. Leanda Cave finished in third (8 minutes behind Wellington) to round out the podium.

The edited version of the 2011 Ironman World Championships will be played on NBC on December 18.

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