First time Ironman triathlete wins IM Wisconsin in a record setting time
Posted Sep 13 2010 9:39am
Imagine winning your first ever Ironman.
Now image winning that Ironman race in record time.
Australian triathlete Joe Gambles doesn't have to imagine because that's exactly what he did at Ironman Wisconsin winning the race in a record time of 8:38:32.
"Some people do call me the stat man. I went through all the previous times here and saw what was a good time,” said Gambles after the race. “I knew I had to average at least 38 km/hr, about 4:45 (on the bike) and that was going to be a really good time I thought."
Gambles had never run more than 18-miles in one day before winning IM Wisconsin and at mike 18 on the marathon he started to feel the pain with the men chasing after him.
"Luckily I was about seven minutes in front by then," he said. "I worked it out that I could lose a minute a mile and still get home. So I tried to be sensible."
On the women's side of the race it was a great day for Kiwi Gina Crawford who lead pretty much from the start to the end of the race crossing the line is a time of 9:27:26
"I felt great coming out of the swim,” said Crawford. “My race plan is always when I feel good I just push it as hard as I can and I was really happy with my bike. Then I got to the run and finished with a pain in my side with 10 miles to go so I was really happy."
2010 Ironman Wisconsin
Top 5 Men
1. Joe Gambles (AUS) 8:38:32 2. Romain Guillaume (FRA) 8:49:42 3. Eric Bean (USA) 8:51:36 4. Stefan Riesen (SUI) 8:53:39 5. Blake Becker (USA) 8:55:44