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Craig Alexander Second at Ironman 70.3 World Championships

On an extremely hot race day Craig Alexander fell one short of retaining his 2011 title after a stunning bike leg by eventual winner Sebastian Kienle of Germany. We saw Kienle almost win the US 70.3 championship in April this year win a fast finishing Timothy O’Donnell only caught him in the last stages of the run to take the win. Kienle did the same race in April, slow swim, dominated the bike and ran solidly to almost get the title.

“They told me I had to improve my swim because you can’t win it on the bike. Well I proved something different,” the German said.

“I took a big risk on the bike but you have to risk something to win it. I never had the feeling I had the title in hand until the finish line because just look at the people chasing me, the fastest in the world.”

Crowie is putting the final touches on his defence of his World Ironman Title and he felt he produced an honest defence of the world championship he won at this distance last year. “I had a strong swim, pushed the pack on the bike and think I had one of the quickest run splits. That’s a good performance in all disciplines but you need to be great to win a World Ironman Title. Sebastian was great today.”

The depth of almost 50 countries represented today means that there are no easy wins in this race in the Nevada desert. “After Sebastian’s bike display on this course I was pleased to get within just over a minute of him at the finish.”

Craig is good mates with Bevan Docherty and any day you can toe the line with a two time Triathlon Olympic medalist of his class is going to be a challenge. “Bevan showed his pace early and kept myself and the chase field honest for the first 2 laps of the 3 lap run course. As usual, Bevan gave himself every chance.”

Today’s result confirms the challenge in contesting world titles at both half and full distance Ironman events and Craig is looking forward to another 8hrs of racing in Hawaii against some of the same guys from today and the additional full distance Iron Man specialists

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