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.