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Balazs Csoke, Kate Bevilaqua Take Ironman Korea

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Hungarian and Australian pros dominate the men’s and women’s races, respectively.

It was a battle of heat, humidity and hills in Jeju, Korea for the Ironman race on Sunday.

In the men’s Ironman, Hungarian pro Balazs Csoke led from start to finish ahead of South African-based German Andreas Venhorst. 40-year-old kiwi, Bevan Mckinnon finished third.

In the women’s race, after 9 hours and 39 minutes of battling the elements, it was Kate Bevilaqua’s day. The winner of Ironman Western Australia back in December, 2010, Bevilaqua suffered a DNF in Ironman Lanzarote when she was stung by a wasp.

The Aussie rectified that DNF today and is back on the winning step – and very happy and impressed with the beautiful course. “Asia is a hard with the heat and humidity, and people don’t necessarily come to Asia but, if they did, they would realize, Ironman is hard enough but racing in Asia is even tougher.”

Read more: Ironman.com