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Race morning in Whistler presented cold (approximately 50 degrees F) temperatures and cloudy skies that eventually gave way to pouring rain, making for a tough day on the athletes. Ultimately it was Ukraine’s Viktor Zyemtsev and the United States’ Danielle Mack who got close wins on a tough day.
Zyemtsev put together a 53:03 swim, a 4:58:32 bike and a 2:54:28 marathon to narrowly beat out South Africa’s Kyle Buckingham—who led much of the bike and run. Zyemtsev grabbed the tape at 8:49:46, with Buckingham following in second at 8:50:30. American Justin Daerr rounded out the top three at 8:54:45.
Like Zyemtsev, Mack also claimed the top spot late in the race. She posted a 1:01:49 swim, a 5:23:53 bike and a 3:16:09 marathon to take the win in 9:46:19. Canada’s Melanie McQuaid posted the fastest bike split of the women (5:22:43) in her Ironman debut to lead much of the race. She was passed by Mack in the final miles, and had to settle for second at 9:48:23. Canada’s Jen Annett earned the final podium spot at 9:55:06.
2015 Ironman Canada
Whistler, British Canada, Canada – July 26, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 8:49:46
2. Kyle Buckingham (RSA) 8:50:30
3. Justin Daerr (USA) 8:54:45
4. Derek Garcia (USA) 9:02:55
5. Chris McDonald (AUS) 9:08:45
1. Danielle Mack (USA) 9:46:19
2. Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 9:48:23
3. Jen Annett (CAN) 9:55:06
4. Mackenzie Madison (USA) 9:59:34
5. Jessica Fleming (AUS) 10:00:18