Vanhoenacker sets Ironman triathlon world record
Saturday, July 2, 2011
KLAGENFURT, Austria (AP) -- Marino Vanhoenacker has won the Ironman Austria triathlon in a world record time, beating the 14-year-old previous best mark by more than four minutes.
The 34-year-old Vanhoenacker finished the race in 7 hours, 45 minutes, 58 seconds to break the record set by fellow Belgian Luc Van Lierde in Roth, Germany, in 1997.
Vanhoenacker recovered from a broken rib to compete in the race. He has now won the Ironman Austria event for six straight years.
Michael Weiss of Austria was second, 11 minutes, 41 seconds behind.