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One year after four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington broke the record for the fastest Ironman by a woman, six-time Ironman world champion Natascha Badmann turned in another impressive mark by winning Ironman South Africa at the age of 45. Spain’s Clemente Alonso-Mckernan took the men’s title.
Badmann spent the day making up for a 1:14:43 swim. Her 5:14:55 bike split and 3:12:02 marathon propelled her to the 9:47:10 victory, her fourth at Ironman South Africa. Switzerland’s Simone Brandli was second, with Germany’s Diana Riesler rounding out the podium.
Alonso-McKernan took the win thanks to well-rounded day consisting of a 54:53 swim, a 4:48:52 bike and a 2:46:5 marathon. France’s Cyril Viennot finished second seven minutes later. Switzerland’s Mike Aigroz earned third.
Ironman South Africa
Port Elizabeth, South Africa – April 22, 2012
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Clemente Alonso-Mckernan 8:34:45
2. Cyril Viennot 8:41:48
3. Mike Aigroz 8:46:04
4. Markus Fachbach 8:57:21
5. Trevor Delsout 9:03:03
1. Natascha Badmann 9:47:10
2. Simone Braendli 9:52:26
3. Diana Riesler 10:01:14
4. Dianne Mcewan 10:07:55
5. Susan Dietrich 10:08:02