Mon, Oct 23, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Stadler, Jones take first place in Hawaii Ironman


Triathlete Michellie Jones, from Australia, celebrates after finishing the marathon to win the Ironman World Championship women's triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, on Saturday.


Germany's Normann Stadler won his second Hawaii Ironman, setting a record on the bike and holding on in the marathon on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Stadler, who also won in 2004, finished the 226km endurance test in 8:11:56. His completed the 180km bike leg in 4:18:23, more than three minutes faster than last year's record pace.

Michellie Jones of Australia, who was second last year, won the women's race in 9:18:31. Stadler and Jones each received US$110,000 for their wins.

Australia's Chris McCormack finished second among the men in 8:13:02. He trailed Stadler by as much as 8:28 at the 19km marker in the run. Defending champion Faris Al-Sultan of Germany finished third in 8:19:04.

Women's winner Jones, asked at the finish how she felt, said: "How do you think I feel? I am an Ironman world champion."

Desiree Ficker of the US was second in 9:24:02.

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