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Julie Dibens waits for 5 minutes before crossing finish line and winning Ironman 70.3 Boulder

Posted Aug 08 2010 3:21pm

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It's called the eight percent rule, and for the second Ironman race now professional female Ironman triathletes have waited at the finish line before crossing to take the win.

Today at the Ironman 70.3 Boulder, Julie Dibens waited for about 5 minutes before crossing the finish line to win the race.

The reason?

A new 2010 Ironman rule stipulates that professional Ironman triathletes must be within 8 percent of the eventual winner's time to collect their prize money.

Not surprisingly in a close knit professional triathlete community like that of Boulder, Colorado this rule will have some strange and unintended consequences...like the spectacle of the winner hanging out in front of the finish (see photo of Julie Dibens above) before crossing the line.

Take a look at the video below as Julie Dibens easily wins Ironman 70.3 Boulder to see what happens when female professional triathletes look out for each other.

ROHTO Ironman 70.3 Boulder

Top 5 elite women

1. Julie Dibens (GBR) 4:19:46
2. Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:22:27
3. Jessica Meyers (USA) 4:25:09
4. Uli Bromme (USA) 4:26:58
5. Rebecca Witinok-Huber (USA) 4:30:37

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