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Ironman Malaysia and Ironman New Zealand

Ok so I’m going to try to keep track of every Ironman this year, while I’ll be honest that I won’t keep up with all the official 70.3 Half Ironman’s because there are really just too many now. Back in February, one of my favorite Ironman athletes won on the guy’s side in Ironman Malaysia – Faris Al Sultan showed that he is back in form after missing the Hawaii World Championship because of a stomach sickness – oh and did I mention that he won by half an hour! On the women’s side Belinda Granger took the first spot on the podium in Langkawi.

Earlier today Ironman New Zealand, with a much deeper field as the 2nd IM of the year,  saw Cam Brown win his 7th title in Bonita and Joanna Lawn gain her 6th title. Last year Luke Bell pushed Cam in the run but this go around Cam had it in the bag by the last 10k. On the women’s side Joanna had to push to get ahead of Kate Bevilaqua to conquer the 140.6 miles in NZ. Yes it is early, but both Cam and Joanna have what it takes to get on the podium at any race in the world including Hawaii, so it’s definitely a good beginning for the year. Final results from ironmanlive.com:

1 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:16:00 (new race record); 2 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 9:20:06; 3 Emi Shiono (JPN) 9:23:26; 4 Bella Comerford (SCO) 9:25:33; 5 Gina Ferguson (NZL) 9:33:29; 6 Fiona Docherty (NZL) 9:41:56; 7 Joanne Bennett (AUS) 9:47:27; 8 Emma Weitnauer (AUS) 10:01:56; 9 Sue Mellsop (NZL) 10:08:27; 10 Ely Franks (AUS) 10:10:37
1 Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:24:49; 2 Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:31:35; 3 Kieran Doe (NZL) 8:33:35; 4 Stephen Bayliss (UK) 8:37:03; 5 Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:47:03; 6 Hubert Jammerl (AUT) 8:47:36; 7 Richard Ussher (NZL) 8:48:10; 8 Duncan Milne (NZL) 8:56:30; 9 Daniel Eiederreiter (AUT) 8:57:51; 10 Scott Neyedli (SCO) 9:00:17.

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March 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm
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