Peter Reid of Canada made a strong marathon run and won the 25th anniversary Ironman Triathlon World Championship.
The 34-year-old professional triathlete from Victoria finished the 3.9km swim, 180km bicycle ride and 42km run in 8 hours, 22 minutes and 34 seconds on Saturday. It was his third Hawaii Ironman victory after winning in 1998 and 2000.
"I really, really hurt," Reid said after crossing the finish line. "I trained hard, saved my year for this race and it paid off."
Rutger Beke of Belgium was second in 8:28:26, and Cameron Brown of New Zealand third in 8:30:07.
Reid took the lead just before the 16km mark of the run, passing Normann Stadler of Germany, who was first to finish the bike ride and had a 4-minute, 15-second lead going into the run.
Defending champion Tim DeBoom was second going into the run but dropped out of the race at the 19km mark.
Lori Bowden of Canada, the 1999 champion who holds the women's course marathon record, made another strong marathon run and won the women's race. Her time was 9:11:55. Bowden, who is Reid's estranged wife, passed Nina Kraft of Germany midway through the run after Kraft had regained the lead.
Kraft was the first woman to finish the bike ride, but three-time defending champion Natasha Badmann was first to start the run because Kraft had to serve a three-minute penalty.
Jan Sibbersen, a former Olympic swimmer from Germany, was the first to finish the ocean swim in Kailua Bay with a time of 46 minutes, 50 seconds, just six seconds off the 1995 record pace of 46:44. He quickly fell behind in the bike ride.
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