Chris McDonald wins Ford Ironman Louisville

Australian Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald has won the 2011 Ford Ironman Louisville in a time of 8:27:36 from Americans Patrick Evoe and Justin Daerr. This was the fifth running of the event and the second time it has been won by McDonald. Last years winner Australian Paul Ambrose did not finish the event, pulling out after feeling ill, and saying that it was one of those days when everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

McDonald was the inaugral winner of Ironman Louisville in 2007. His recent run times over the 70.3 distance have shown that he is getting some really good speed back and today’s result is testiment to the work he has been putting in.

A delighted McDonald said “I don’t think words can describe this feeling, I had a point to prove to myself … and I’m back.” The swim had been led by Paul Ambrose and Romain Guillaume who established a four minute lead over McDonald, with Patrick Evo, Justin Daerr, Dave Harju and Ivan Albano a further few minutes down.

McDonald was able to catch Ambrose on the bike, with Guillaume dropping back a couple of minutes, however both Ambrose and Guillaume were to pull out on the run, leaving McDonald to bring home the bacon in front of his wife and parents with a 2:55:22 run split on a very humid day. Only Evoe ran faster with a 2:52:26 split.

In the woman’s race Nina Kraft from Germany led at every stage of the race to come home in 9:38:14, also her second win at this event, holding off a fast finishing Jackie Arendt, with Stephanie Jones rounding out the podium.

 

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POS ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 McDonald, Chris 33/MPRO 0:51:47 4:35:45 2:55:22 8:27:36
2 Evoe, Patrick 34/MPRO 0:54:16 4:39:10 2:52:26 8:30:35
3 Daerr, Justin 30/MPRO 0:53:39 4:43:07 2:52:57 8:34:35
4 Scheall, Brian 28/M25-29 0:58:03 5:01:20 3:01:53 9:07:25
5 McMillian, Jason 38/M35-39 0:54:38 4:52:28 3:17:16 9:10:29
6 Harju, Dave 46/MPRO 0:55:25 4:51:22 3:27:33 9:20:01
7 Albano Junior, Ivan 37/MPRO 0:55:42 4:57:54 3:22:01 9:21:39
8 Imrie, Andrew 34/M30-34 0:55:10 5:02:53 3:17:23 9:21:43
9 Massey, Charley 30/M30-34 1:02:24 5:03:23 3:10:28 9:23:22
10 Boivin, Frederic 23/M18-24 1:00:54 5:03:24 3:11:58 9:24:38
11 Spoth, Kristopher 24/M18-24 1:02:16 5:02:41 3:11:58 9:26:46
12 Doi, Keish 44/M40-44 1:03:11 5:02:45 3:17:39 9:29:05
13 Dehoust, Brady 36/M35-39 1:01:42 5:14:15 3:07:22 9:29:49
14 Kaminski, Brian 41/M40-44 0:50:04 5:04:51 3:29:21 9:30:59
15 Goth, Tom 26/M25-29 1:01:17 5:00:35 3:22:19 9:31:00
16 Sweet, Richard 48/M45-49 0:58:17 5:06:41 3:18:07 9:31:11
17 Walder, Michael 36/M35-39 1:00:26 5:10:22 3:15:47 9:32:10
18 Hermanson, Mike 24/M18-24 0:55:14 5:18:10 3:13:45 9:32:50
19 Woodbury, Scott 29/M25-29 0:55:26 5:18:55 3:12:45 9:33:24
20 Williams, Darrel 30/M30-34 1:07:57 5:20:03 3:00:01 9:34:14
POS ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 Kraft, Nina 43/FPRO 0:50:14 5:22:47 3:19:17 9:38:14
2 Arendt, Jackie 27/FPRO 0:54:07 5:22:03 3:18:50 9:40:28
3 Jones, Stephanie 33/FPRO 1:01:24 5:18:04 3:26:29 9:52:40
4 Phelan, Donna 39/FPRO 0:54:52 5:21:02 3:39:18 10:01:34
5 Castro, Terra 31/FPRO 0:57:41 5:21:21 3:37:39 10:02:40
6 Lewis, Cindy 30/FPRO 1:02:18 5:25:47 3:29:48 10:04:14
7 McDonald, Marilyn 34/FPRO 1:02:16 5:13:47 3:43:48 10:06:47
8 Biscay, Hillary 33/FPRO 0:50:15 5:30:20 3:42:24 10:09:32
9 Grogan, K. 32/F30-34 0:59:39 5:39:36 3:35:35 10:20:44
10 Danais, Marie 40/FPRO 0:55:40 5:39:44 3:40:21 10:22:23
11 Thomas, Kathryn 28/F25-29 0:51:28 5:26:18 4:01:38 10:26:49
12 Clifford, Ashley 25/F25-29 0:53:45 6:08:51 3:21:17 10:31:35
13 Naelon, Ashley 42/F40-44 1:07:41 5:33:37 3:44:10 10:32:35
14 Chura, Haley 26/F25-29 0:49:03 5:46:05 3:55:56 10:36:59
15 Dragone, Andrea 31/F30-34 1:04:39 6:02:32 3:27:24 10:41:58
16 Schwieger, Kristin 38/F35-39 0:56:00 5:28:58 4:07:47 10:42:02
17 Fluhme, Lidia 31/F30-34 1:06:58 5:38:12 3:50:03 10:43:11
18 Huxley, Olwen 41/F40-44 1:03:52 5:35:51 3:58:51 10:48:07
19 Kelly, Emily 34/F30-34 1:00:40 5:44:21 3:54:33 10:48:42
20 Richter, Casey 28/F25-29 1:00:14 5:52:28 3:49:39 10:49:18

 

 

Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.