An amazing Ironman debut from Austrian Michael Weiss at the Ironman World Championship Hawaii 2009 (2.4mi swim, 112mi bike and 26.2mi run).
The 28-year-old Gumpoldskirchner put together his first long-distance race in 8:55:11 for 25th place. Weiss completed the swim leg in 1:03 and then succeeded in landing the third fastest bike split (4:30:04) despite extreme heat and wind. Michael finished the marathon run in 3:18:10 and crossed the finishline in 25th place.
The champions from the previous year, Chrissie Wellington and Craig Alexander were able to defend their title successfully.
Michi: "Today was really the most extreme race I have ever experienced. In the final 15km of the marathon my strength really dwindled. I am very satisfied with the 25th place in my first Ironma
Weiss starts at the XTERRA World Championship on the neighboring island of Maui in just two weeks. He placed second in the XTERRA race last year and hopes for another great performance.
1st Alexander Craig: 08:20:21
2nd Lieto Chris: 08:22:56
3rd Raelert Andreas: 08:24:32
25th Weiss Michael: 08:55:54