Peter Reid claims second straight Ironman Canada title

PENTICTON, B.C. Peter Reid of Victoria, B.C., showed just why hes the current Ironman World Champion, claiming his second consecutive Subaru Ironman Canada title in impressive fashion on Sunday in Penticton, B.C.

An unprecedented 1,992 triathletes started Sunday's race, setting an Ironman record for a single-wave start. This is the 19th year Penticton has hosted the event.

Reid took command of the race on the bike portion and held off a courageous effort by Switzerlands Olivier Bernhard to win the ninth Ironman title of his career.

Reid, who had struggled with injuries through most of the year, finished with an impressive overall time of eight hours, 27 minutes and 47 seconds, bettering his winning time from last year by two minutes.

Now for the second straight season, Reid will be looking to follow up his Subaru Ironman Canada title with another Ironman World title in October, as he heads to Kona, Hawaii, to defend his crown.

Im ready to go back to Hawaii and defend my title, Reid said. This gives me the confidence I was looking for.

Bernhard, who had also spent most of the year fighting through injuries, had the best run time of the day (2:51:47) to finish second in 8:33:23.

Germanys Matthias Klumpp finished third (8:38:23), with Halifaxs Garrett MacFadyen fourth (8:41:04) and Lance Muzslay of Tucson, Ariz., fifth (8:57:14).

The womens race was an exciting battle throughout, as six women held the lead at various points of the day.

In the end, Gillian Bakker of Winfield, B.C., persevered to claim her first-ever Ironman victory. Bakker survived a flat tire and tough running conditions to post an overall time of 10:04:27. It was the fifth year in a row a Canadian has claimed the womens title and the second year in row that Canadians swept the both mens and womens crowns. Victorias Lori Bowden, wife of mens champion Reid, won the last four Subaru Ironman Canada titles and the duo swept the Canada crown in 2000.

But it was Bakkers day this year, as she tracked down the field on the run, eventually overtaking second-place overall finisher Wenke Kujala to claim top honors.

Kujala finished with a time of 10:10:03, while age-group competitor Esther Wolsey of Edmonton posted the top run time of the day among the women (3:23:07) to finish a strong third in 10:17:16. Ironman veteran Jan Wanklyn of Australia was fourth (10:19:41) with Jacquie Lewis of Ladysmith, B.C. fifth in 10:19:58.

Top 15 finishers:

Men
1. Peter Reid, Victoria, B.C., 8:27:47
2. Olivier Bernhard, Switzerland, 8:33:23
3. Matthias Klumpp, Germany, 8:38:23
4. Garrett MacFadyen, Halifax, N.S., 8:41:04
5. Lance Muzslay, Phoenix, Ariz., 8:57:48
6. Steve Chrapchynski, Carlsbad, Calif., 9:00:16
7. Charlie Cooper, Marysville, B.C., 9:01:51
8. Gordo Byrn, Studio City, Calif., 9:11:36
9. Steven Brasch, Australia, 9:15:48
10. Jay Barberie, Vancouver, B.C., 9:16:51
11. Brendan Brazier, North Vancouver, B.C., 9:18:54
12. Jonathan Toker, La Jolla, Calif., 9:20:34
13. Daniel Kezele, Germany, 9:21:47
14. Giannia Koutsogiannis, Greece, 9:22:58
15. Rumon Carter, Victoria, B.C., 9:27:46

Women
1. Gillian Bakker, Winfield, B.C., 10:04:27
2. Wenke Kujala, Germany, 10:10:03
3. Esther Wolsey, Edmonton, Alb., 10:17:16
4. Jan Wanklyn, Australia, 10:19:41
5. Jacqueline Lewis, Ladysmith, B.C., 10:19:58
6. Sarah Mercer, Golden View, Minn., 10:24:57
7. Heather Gomme, Edmonton, Alb., 10:27:57
8. Birg Johnston, Los Gatos, Calif., 10:28:47
9. Jeanne Anne Krizman, Tucson, Ariz., 10:31:45
10. Darlene Hall, Toronto, 10:35:12
11. Claire Murray, Hong Kong, China, 10:35:48
12. Pamela Ens, Sidney, B.C., 10:36:27
13. Yvonne Timewell, Port Moody, B.C., 10:37:37
14. Nicole Dwyer, Peterborough, Ont., 10:37:56
15. Tana Netsch, Campbell, Calif., 10:40:31

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