Vanhoenacker sets Ironman triathlon world record

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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.