Leanda Cave wins the 2012 Ironman World Championship

Leanda Cave winning the Ironman World Championship to become the double world champion

Leanda Cave has put in a late effort on the run to pass Caroline Steffen with around 3 miles to go and take the 2012 World Ironman Championship crown.

Leanda Cave winning the Ironman World Championship to become the double world champion

Always threatening early on in the run was eventual third placed Australian Mirinda Carfrae. Carfrae laid it all down early on to try and take back the deficit that she had to the three women ahead. Caroline Steffen, Leanda Cave and Mary Beth Ellis had built a lead over Carfrae on the bike. Steffen had a four minute penalty which would eventually come back to haunt her late in the race.

Chrissie Wellington spoke to Rachel Joyce and Leanda Cave in the week leading up to the race about keeping the title in English hands. “I saw Mirinda on Alii Dv when we turned around. I knew I had around an 8min lead off the bike on Mirinda. I thought ‘damn’ she has closed the gap. I was worried. When I saw her at the Energy Lab turnaround I thought that she must be playing with me.”

I got the penalty for trying to pass Caroline and then I didn’t have the power.

The women’s race was exciting with a lot of movement amongst the leaders. “I hadn’t raced these girls this year so I didn’t really know how I would stack up against them. I kept my training the same this year and having that consistent training paid off. I have changed my mindset. I am in a better place mentally this year.”

Leanda was one of many leading women who received a penalty on the bike. “I wanted to pass Caroline on the bike but as I went to I didn’t have the power to complete the pass and received a penalty. On the run I mad sure that when I passed Caroline it was not a repeat of the bike.”

After the race Mirinda Carfrae talked about how the race unfolded. “I was pleased to see the splits coming off the bike. I was 11:30 behind at the far turnaround. Then when we came back to start the run I had closed the gap which I was pleased about. I was a little worried at the start of the run because I wasn’t pulling as much time back. I was hurting at the start. I tried to make a pass on Leanda twice but my body wouldn’t respond. I lost a bottle on the bike so was down a bit on nutrition and I paid for it.”

Out on the run early Caroline Steffen held the lead over Mary Beth Ellis with Leanda Cave just behind her. By the time they came back down Alii Drive Leanda Cave caught Mary Beth just outside Lava Java and then set about reigning in Caroline Steffen.

In the end after the pass by Cave as the two lead women headed home Steffen was

Fourth place Sonja Tajsich had an incredible race after a slow start. Coming out of the water in about 28th place she then set about reeling the competitors in. “I had a terrible start swimming completely alone. I came out in 28th place and started the run in tenth. I was going harder on the run. I was told I might be able to reach Mary Beth and I had to dig really deep to get there.”


Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Div. Rank Overall
Cave, Leanda USA 0:56:03 5:12:06 3:03:13 9:15:54 1 46
Steffen, Caroline SWI 0:57:37 5:06:49 3:08:08 9:16:58 2 50
Carfrae, Mirinda USA 1:00:06 5:12:18 3:05:04 9:21:41 3 65
Tajsich, Sonja GER 1:10:36 5:07:57 2:59:26 9:22:45 4 73
Ellis, Mary Beth USA 0:56:06 5:08:06 3:10:30 9:22:57 5 75
Badmann, Natascha 1:06:21 5:06:07 3:09:18 9:26:25 6 91
Crawford, Gina NZL 0:55:59 5:21:30 3:06:16 9:28:54 7 101
Corbin, Linsey USA 1:02:53 5:16:55 3:07:55 9:32:18 8 127
Snow, Caitlin USA 0:57:43 5:30:47 3:03:06 9:36:18 9 145
Marsh, Amy USA 0:56:08 5:16:36 3:20:27 9:38:15 10 167
Joyce, Rachel GBR 0:57:42 5:24:27 3:12:31 9:40:16 11 182
Vesterby, Michelle DNK 0:57:44 5:16:57 3:22:47 9:42:22 12 196
Keat, Rebekah AUS 0:57:44 5:26:53 3:14:05 9:43:43 13 205
Wurtele, Heather CAN 1:00:04 5:16:58 3:22:28 9:44:04 14 210
Williamson, Kelly USA 0:57:39 5:40:03 3:05:01 9:46:51 15 225
Deckers, Tine BEL 1:06:18 5:19:25 3:18:43 9:48:38 16 242
Wicks, Hilary NZL 1:02:41 5:16:05 3:25:15 9:50:03 1 263
Kehoe, Danielle USA 1:07:30 5:11:26 3:27:32 9:51:07 1 270
Moller, Kristin GER 1:16:43 5:23:46 3:06:36 9:51:16 17 272
Stevens, Amanda USA 0:55:09 5:27:07 3:24:50 9:51:59 18 278
Hufe, Mareen GER 1:06:25 5:20:44 3:21:01 9:52:58 19 287
Jaenke, Kym AUS 0:58:11 5:31:42 3:18:04 9:53:18 2 291
Brandli, Simone SWI 0:57:40 5:29:07 3:21:38 9:53:24 20 293
Adam, Stefanie BEL 1:03:36 5:00:42 3:42:37 9:53:50 1 298
Faux, Catherine GBR 1:00:43 5:21:34 3:25:38 9:53:53 2 299
Lawn, Joanna NZL 1:00:09 5:21:27 3:28:41 9:55:11 21 310
Esefeld, Katrin GER 1:07:59 5:25:25 3:17:38 9:55:59 2 321
Jackson, Christina USA 0:56:14 5:25:21 3:31:03 9:57:45 3 329
Croft, Sheila USA 1:10:46 5:29:30 3:14:12 10:00:55 3 354



Karl Hayes

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.