Australia’sÂ Christie Sym has put in a very strong performance to finish 5th at Ironman Canada this morning. Christie finished in a time of 9:41:30. On a day that included rain, hail and wind, American Meredith Kessler crossed the finish line in 9:13:46 for her first Ironman title to complement her two runner-up finishes this year at Ironman St George and Ironman Coeur d’Alene. Kessler wasÂ over three minutes ahead of home country favourite Heather Wurtele who finished in 9:17:17.
Speaking with Trizone Christie said that she found the cold conditions extremely tough, and felt they did notÂ agree withÂ her at all.
She goes onÂ ” I felt ‘off’ from the word go, lacking power on the bike, and suffering stomach and cramping problems the entire race. The run was a real battle between 3rd – 6th places, I came off the bike in 4th, moving into 3rd, and then dropped back into 6th at the half way point. I managed to run my way into 5th in the final few KM’s.
This will go down as one of the toughest battles I’ve fought, but I am happy with the result considering how awful I felt the entire day.
I think I will stick to hot races in future !
Top 10 Women
1.Â Â MEREDITH KESSLERÂ Â 9:13:46
2.Â Â HEATHER WURTELEÂ Â 9:17;17
3.Â Â MACKENZIE MADISONÂ Â 9:34:51
4.Â Â GILLIAN MOODYÂ Â 9:40:10 5.Â Â CHRISTIE SYMÂ Â 9:41:30 6.Â Â JESSICA JACOBSÂ Â 9:44:04
7.Â Â ULI BROMME BROMMEÂ Â 9:46:19
8.Â Â JANELLE MORRISONÂ Â 9:48:15
9.Â Â SHANNON DESROSIERSÂ Â 8:48:57
10.Â Â RACHEL KIERSÂ Â 8:49:44
Top 10 Men
1.Â Â VIKTOR ZYEMTSEVÂ Â 8:32:28
2.Â Â CHRISTIAN BRADERÂ Â 8:32:41
3.Â Â STEPHAN VUCKOVICÂ Â 8:38:31
4.Â Â PETR VABROUSEKÂ Â 8:39:16
5.Â Â KYLE MARCOTTEÂ Â 8:40:45
6.Â Â SCOTT NEYEDLIÂ Â 8:41:36 (2nd Ironman Australia 2010)
7.Â Â WOLFGANG GUEMBELÂ Â 8:43:21
8.Â Â CHRISTOPHER BAGGÂ Â 8:48:11
9.Â Â SCOTT CURRYÂ Â 8:48:57
10.Â Â ANTHONY TOTHÂ Â 8:49:44