American professional triathlete TJ Tollakson proved today that he has what it takes to be a IM champion by winning Ironman Lake Placid in a time of 8:25:15 ahead of defending champ, and second place finisher, American Ben Hoffman, and third place finisher Aussie Jason Shortis.
Tollakson dominated the race based on his 4:33:33 bike split which came within a few seconds of the course bike record.
On the women's side of the race it was Canadian Heather Wurtele who crushed the competition with a race best everything in a total time of 9:19:03...crossing the finish line way ahead of second place finisher Belgium triathlete Tine Deckers.
Rounding out the women's podium was American triathlete Tyler Stewart who crossed the finish line in 9:38:09.
2011 Ford Ironman Lake Placid
Top 5 Professional Men
1. TJ Tollakson (USA) 8:25:15
2. Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:33:29
3. Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:47:18
4. Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 9:04:16
5. Daniel Bretscher (USA) 9:07:05
Top 5 Professional Women
1. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:19:03
2. Tine Deckers (BEL) 9:34:41
3. Tyler Stewart (USA) 9:38:09
4. Jackie Arendt (USA) 9:56:21
5. Jacqui Gordon (USA) 10:07:22
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