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Van Lierde, Carfrae take Ironman titles

October 13, 2013
The Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Belgium's Frederik Van Lierde won the Ironman World Championship triathlon Saturday.

In muggy but calm conditions, Van Lierde finished the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bicycle ride through lava fields and marathon run in 8 hours, 12 minutes, 29 seconds to become the second Belgian winner with the eighth-fastest time in the event's 35-year history.

"I tried to be smart and it worked out," said Van Lierde, who finished third in 2012. "After last year, I believed I could do it. I worked hard this year. This is amazing. I don't understand yet what this means to me. This is the best crowd you can imagine. Thank you so much, everybody."

Luke McKenzie of Australia (8:15:19) was second.

Van Lierde had times of 51:02 in the swim, 4:25:37 in the bicycle leg and 2:51:18 in the run.

Mirinda Carfrae of Australia won her second women's title, in a course-record time of 8:52:14. Her split times were 58:50, 4:58:18 and 2:50:35.

Carfrae also won in 2010.



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