(Kona, Hawaii) –
Felt sponsored pro triathlete Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae took an impressive third place and her fourth consecutive top three at the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, October 13.
Rinny stopped the clock in 9:21:41 after a typically impressive swim, a powerful 5:12:18 bike split on her 650C-equipped Felt DA and a commanding run. Rinny’s bike split was only 12 seconds adrift of race winner Leanda Cave. Rinny chased hard out of T2 with the fastest bike to run transition of the leaders. Her 3:05:04 marathon was among the fastest of the day but fell short of reeling in the top two spots. Following her 2010 win at Kona and top three in 2011 along with consistent results during 2012 season Rinny has confirmed her status among the sport’s world champions.
Felt Bicycles pro Andi Boecherer of Freiburg, Germany stopped the clock in 8:51:57 for 21st place after a difficult day. Andi also used Felt’s DA triathlon bike. At only 29 years old, Andi’s apprenticeship at the Ironman 140.6 distance continues after his sensational 8th overall last year in Kona along with three 70.3 wins in Switzerland, at the European Championship/Wiesbaden and in Cancun on his Felt DA. His swim split of 51:27 was the third fastest of the day in Kona followed by a 23.7 MPH average bike split of 4:43:18 despite rising winds and a passing penalty on the bike.
Andi’s Kona results from 2011 and this year confirm his resilience and suggest the emergence of a new player in the world of top Ironman athletes.