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Belgium’s Tine Deckers earned her fifth Ironman France victory in Nice on Sunday. On the men’s side, Spain’s Victor Del Corral used a strong bike-run combo to edge out South Africa’s James Cunnama for the win.
Del Corral’s day consisted of a 54:16 swim, a 4:48:04 bike and a 2:42:28 marathon, putting him across the finish line in 8:30:00. Cunnama led a good chunk of the marathon and ultimately finished 35 seconds behind Del Corral at 8:30:35. Germany’s Stefan Schmid rounded out the podium in 8:33:18. 2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde finished fourth six weeks after a bike crash that broke his collarbone. The finish guarantees Van Lierde a spot on the Kona start line in October.
Deckers dominated the women’s race, putting together a 57:36 swim, a 5:05:03 bike and a 3:13:29 marathon to gain earn the victory (she also won in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014). Switzerland’s Emma Bilham was second off of the bike and had a faster marathon, but Deckers’ advantage was too big. Bilham maintained her second place to the finish line, crossing in 9:28:55. 2012 Ironman world champion Leanda Cave (GBR) claimed third in 9:45:06.
2016 Ironman France
Nice, France – June 5, 2016
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Victor Del Corral (BEL) 8:30:00
2. James Cunnama (RSA) 8:30:35
3. Stefan Schmid (GER) 8:33:18
4. Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:35:36
5. Andrej Vistica (CRO) 8:39:19
1. Tine Deckers (BEL) 9:22:04
2. Emma Bilham (SUI) 9:28:55
3. Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:45:06
4. Leslie Dimichele Miller (USA) 9:45:38
5. Linda Guinsoiseau (FRA) 9:45:54