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Triathlon: Michael Raelert and Julie Dibens Win 2009 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3

Nov. 14, 2009 (Clearwater, Fla.) -- Today, Germany's Michael Raelert and Great Britain's Julie Dibens claimed victory at the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, Presented by Ford. The younger brother of Andreas Raelert, last year's runner-up, Michael Raelert earned the title and broke a course record with an overall time of 3:34:04. Dibens, a top finisher at the event in recent years, held off the field and set a 70.3 course record, previously held by Natascha Badmann, crossing the line at 3:59:33.

Raelert was among a competitive men's field consisting of professionals such as Matt Reed (USA) and Greg Bennett (USA), as well as defending champion, Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) and Ironman 70.3 Champion, Richie Cunningham (AUS). Marko Albert of Estonia broke the swim record today exiting the 1.2-mile course in 21 minutes, 35 seconds. Andrew Starykowicz (USA) and Philip Graves (GBR) dominated the bike course, along with Bozzone for the latter portion. Raelert pushed his way up to the top five men within the first mile of the run and took over at approximately mile 4. The top five professional men's results are listed below:

1. Michael Raelert, GER 3:34:04
2. Daniel Fontana, ITA 3:36:44                         
3. Matthew Reed, USA 3:37:40
4. Sylvain Sudrie, FRA 3:38:02
5. Joe Gambles, GBR 3:38:19

Dibens who has earned three 70.3 titles to date, dominated a strong group of contenders including last year's 70.3 World Champion, Joanna Zeiger (USA) and second place female Mary Beth Ellis (USA), 2009 Ironman 70.3 Boise winner, Magali Tisseyre (CAN) and this year's Ironman 70.3 Augusta winner, Laura Bennett. Exiting the water in fifth, Dibens chased her way into first and held the position for the majority of the race, claiming the first-ever women's sub-4 hour finish. The top five professional women's results are listed below:

1. Julie Dibens, GBR 3:59:33
2. Mary Beth Ellis, USA 4:03:49
3. Magali Tisseyre, CAN 4:05:27
4. Caroline Steffen, SUI 4:05:33
5. Laura Bennett, USA 4:07:39

The fourth-annual event saw 1,438 athletes, ranging in age from 18 to 79 years old, officially start the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. After cooler temperatures leading into the weekend, race day was sunny with temperatures in the low 70s F. A prize purse worth $90,000 was available to all athletes competing in today's professional field. Additionally, pros had the opportunity to claim $10,000 in Timex Ironman Watch Bonuses located on the bike and run courses. This year's recipients were:

Bike:
Andrew Starykowicz
Julie Dibens    

Run:
Michael Raelert
Julie Dibens 

NBC Sports will broadcast the 2009 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 on June 6, 2010. Check local listings for exact times and additional details.

For complete race day coverage and results from the 2009 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, visit Ironman.com.


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