And Earn First Ironman Titles.
Americans Andy Potts (8:24:40) and Linsey Corbin (9:12:54)
won 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.
Potts led nearly from start to finish to earn a dominating victory, while Corbin battled with American Meredith Kessler all day and came out on top thanks to a strong run.
The day started off with American John Flanagan, perhaps the only man faster than Potts at the swim, leading the men into T1 in 45:58. Potts exited at 46:28, with the next fastest swimmer not finishing for another six minutes. With Flanagan and Potts starting the bike with such a significant lead over the competition, the chasers were forced to head onto the 112-mile bike course with a strong effort. As Potts surged, Flanagan faded and Potts’ lead only continued to grow.
While many have questioned if Potts will ever be able to bike with the best in Kona, he made a strong statement by heading into T2 with a large lead and a 4:42:28 bike split. Once on the run, Potts continued to shine, posting a 2:52:47 marathon. He earned his first-ever Ironman victory with a time of 8:24:40. Australia’s Courtney Ogden ran a 2:56:28 marathon to earn second. American Michael Lovato turned in a patient race, working his way from fifth out of the swim to third at the finish line.
Linsey Corbin celebrated her first Ironman victory with a new course record of 9:12:54
Article excerpts from Daily Triathlon