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Three-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander came on Competitor Radio with Bob Babbitt to talk about his sub-8 hour performance in Melbourne, the upcoming Ironman World Championship and his future, which may or may not include return trips to Kona after 2012.
View a small excerpt below and listen to the complete podcast at Competitorradio.com.
Craig Alexander on the potential 2012 Ironman World Championship field:
“It could be great. It’s interesting because obviously if Chris [McCormack] comes back there’s no question he’ll be a contender. If he gets anywhere near the form he was in the last time he raced there he’ll be right at the front and have a big influence on the proceedings there.
“Lance [Armstrong] has brought a massive amount of excitement to the sport, which I think is great for our sport. We’re getting attention outside of the traditional channels. It’s bringing a level of media attention to the sport. If the powers that be get it right and that exposure is leveraged the right way it could be a stepping stone to elevate our sport to the next level.
“Twelve months ago everyone was talking about the Raelert brothers and now no one seems to be talking about them, but I’m guessing they’re going to be back and in great shape and as hungry as ever. Marino Vanhoenacker seems to be only getting better and even though he had a Kona he’d rather forget last year, he did finish third in 2010 in tough conditions and hes’s a great athlete. Rasmus Henning seems to be back in good form after sorting out his cramping issues. He had a really good win against a stacked field in Abu Dhabi. Pete Jacobs, no one is even talking about Pete Jacobs. It could be another awesome edition. The Lance factor itself and seeing what he brings to the race will be huge. And I’d never write off [Chris] Lieto and I never write off any of the guys.”