IRONMAN: Aussies Steal Kentucky Thunder

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Chris McDonald wins IRONMAN Louisville 2013. (Photo/FinisherPix)

Chris McDonald and Kate Bevilaqua maintained solid leads through the day to secure memorable career IRONMAN wins.

The seventh running of IRONMAN Louisville debuted Sunday morning to a clear sunrise over the Ohio River, and continued in hot and steamy Bluegrass State-fashion. The river current worked in favor of the athletes, many of whom clocked personal-best swim times. American Andrew Hodges broke off the front of the swim early and maintained a 20 to 30 yard lead into transition, with Guy Crawford and Ryan Bates holding onto second and third. Australian Chris McDonald was fourth into T1.

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Kate Bevilaqua finishes in 9:29:02 to win the women’s division of IRONMAN Louisville 2013. (Photo/IRONMAN)

In the women’s race, Dubai’s Svetlana Blazevic led out of the swim, with Germany’s Nina Kraft and American Tami Ritchie holding second and third. Again, fourth place proved lucky, that’s where Kate Bevilaqua stayed for the majority of the swim … [Read more]