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Posted: October 16, 2005

Triathlon: Faris’ Day On!

Germany’s Faris Al-Sultan wins World Ironman Championships. Victoria’s Peter Reid Takes Third


Germany's Faris Al-Sultan wins the 2005 Ford Ironman World Championship (Steve Bower Photo)
Canada's Peter Reid, three-time champion, finishes third.(Steve Bower photo)

Kona, Hawaii (October 15, 2005) – Faris Al-Sultan, 27 has won the most celebrated contest in endurance sports - the Ford World Ironman Championships. The 27-year old from Munich, Germany becomes the third German champion to win here in the fastest winning time since 1996. It took him exactly 8 hrs 14 mins and 17 seconds to collect the $130,000US prize purse.

“I don’t believe I did it,” said Al-Sultan. “I wasn’t sure I’d win until the final 2 miles. I couldn’t wave to the spectators because I was so afraid that Peter might come up and pass me.”

He’s referring to Victoria’s Peter Reid, 36, three-time champion, who tried valiantly to catch Al-Sultan early on the run, but was unable to put any time on the young German. It may have cost him as New Zealand’s Cameron Brown passed him in the final miles. Brown finished in 8:19:36, less than 40 seconds ahead of Reid, who came home in 8:20:04.

Defending Champion and 5-time winner, Natascha Badmann had to overcome a 5:45 deficit and a 4-minute drafting penalty to catch Australia’s Michellie Jones on the run to win in 9:09:31.

Despite leading for most of the race and being the most successful short course triathlete in the world, Jones’ lack of experience on the Hawaii course turned out to be the deciding factor. Fellow Australian Kate Major was third.

This article was also published in the Ottawa Citizen, reprinted with permission of Lynne Bermel

© Copyright 2005 Lynne Bermel

Lynne Bermel, a former world-ranked pro Ironman competitor, is a senior marketing & PR consultant living in Ottawa. She is also a freelance writer and TV sports show host. You can reach her at: lynnebermel@rogers.com.

You can access previous columns by Lynne at: LB_Columns

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