Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Canadian Sweep at Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene
Shawn Skene wraps up the day of Ironman racing in Idaho
Published Monday, June 23, 2008
Canadian Sweep at Ford Ironman Coeur d'AleneThe 2008 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene is in the books and what race it was. In both the men and women's fields the eventual winners led from the sound of the starting cannon to the finish line.
Canada's Dr. Tom Evans hooked up with Bryan Rhodes within 75 yards of the swim and the two remained virtually tethered for the entire swim. They eventually distanced themselves from the rest of the pro field by 2:35 at the end of the 2.4 mile swim. Evans made quick work of getting rid of his swim companion on the bike and methodically built up a lead of over six minutes on one of the favorites in the race, Michael Lovato, by the end of the 112 miles. An old nemesis of Evans, Victor Zyemtsev, who has beaten Evans on two occasions in the later stages of the Ironman marathon was 13:39 in arrears to the dentist from Penticton starting his marathon.
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Lovato made a gallant attempt to put the heat on Evans in the early stages of the run and at one time had clawed back two minutes of his deficit. However, by the second half of the run the bounce had left Lovato’s stride and he was left to hanging on just to protect second place.
The 2005 and 2007 Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene champion, Zyemtsev, displayed his foot speed throughout the marathon, but could only come within 9:00 of Evans for second place after passing a faltering Lovato in the late stages of the run.
Evans, a few weeks out from his 40th birthday, pounded out the fastest marathon of his career to secure his third Ironman title.
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