Kona, Hawaii - Felt triathlete Mirinda Carfrae put in an amazing effort at Saturday’s Ironman World Championship race in Kona, Hawaii, finishing second and setting a new record time in her run. In men’s competition Andi Bocherer had a great debut at Kona, finishing eighth on his Felt DA.
Carfrae, the defending women’s Ironman champion from Australia, waged an epic battle with Chrissie Wellington. The two former Ironman champions pushed each other, with Wellington eventually taking the win by 2:49. Carfrae’s final time of 8:57:57 was 39 seconds faster than her time from her 2010 win. It also marked the first time in history that two women broke the nine-hour mark.
Bocherer, who went on a tear this season winning every Ironman 70.3 event he entered, including the Ironman 70.3 European Championship and last month’s Ironman 70.3 in Cancun, Mexico, had a fantastic showing at his first-ever Ironman Hawaii race. The 28-year-old German posted a time of 8:23:19 in his top-10 effort.