American Heather Jackson again showed her ability to impress at the 140.6-mile distance by dominating today’s Ironman Lake Placid in New York. She put together a 1:00:22 swim, a 4:57:36 bike and a 3:07:00 marathon to take the victory and a new course record in 9:09:42. Perhaps just as significantly, the finish validates Jackson’s start in October’s Ironman World Championship—where she’ll look to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish. South Africa’s Annah Watkinson was a distant second, finishing more than 35 minutes later at 9:45:00. American Alicia Kaye rounded out the podium at 9:53:31.
This weekend marked the first test of having male and female professional fields race at different events—only men competed at Sunday’s Ironman Canada in Whistler, British Columbia.
2016 Ironman Lake Placid
Lacke Placid, N.Y. – July 24, 2016
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Heather Jackson (USA) 9:09:42
2. Annah Watksinson (RSA) 9:45:00
3. Alicia Kaye (USA) 9:53:31
4. Beth Shutt (USA) 10:17:00
5. Nicole Valentine (USA) 10:33:44