Llanos and Dibens win pro double award for fastest combined Ironman and XTERRA times
Posted Oct 25 2010 9:16am
Eneko Llanos from Spain won the men’s pro Hawaiian Airlines Double award for the 5th consecutive year today. Llanos placed 7th at the Ironman World Championship in 8:22:02, and 6th at XTERRA Worlds today for a combined time of 11:02:46, his fastest combined total time in the last five years. Julie Dibens from Bath, England won the women’s pro “Double” with a 3rd place finish in Kona, and a 2nd place in Maui today for a combined 12:09:36.
In the amateur double competition Thomas Vonach had the best combined times with a 12:24:35, while Amber Monforte won the women’s amateur title in a combined 14:08:52.
The Hawaiian Airlines “Double” purse is awarded to the pro and amateur men and women with the fastest combined time at Ironman Hawaii World Championship in Kona, Hawaii and the XTERRA World Championship in Makena, Maui. The two events are held just two weeks apart. Hawaiian Airlines pays $2,500 to both the top man and woman professionals, while the amateur winners receive round trip tickets for two from the U.S. west coast to Hawaii.
A maxed-out field of more than 500 athletes from 33 countries and 31 U.S. states competed in the 15th annual XTERRA World Championship , which combines a one-mile swim in the Pacific Ocean, a grueling 20-mile mountain bike leg that climbs 3,500-feet on rocky, dirt-strewn trails on the lower slopes of Haleakala Volcano, and a 7-mile trail run along the beaches and lava formations along south Maui’s scenic south shore.
The race distributed $105,000 in prize money to the top pros and was filmed for a one-hour TV show that will air across the country via national syndication starting in January of 2011. Highlights and full results can be found at www.xterramaui.com. The XTERRA World Championship is the final race in 100+ stop series that travels to 15 countries and 37 states in the U.S.