Mirinda Carfrae of Australia races out of the transition area to start the cycling leg of the Hawaiian Ironman.
Mirinda Carfrae of Australia races out of the transition area to start the cycling leg of the Hawaiian Ironman. Bruce Omori

Carfrae adds another podium finish in Hawaiian Ironman

TRIATHLON: Australia's Mirinda Carfrae had to settle for second place at the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon world championships, but still set a record.

Carfrae became the only elite Australian athlete to make the podium seven times in the hellish Hawaiian event.

In eight attempts Carfrae has won seven medals - including winning in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Defending champion Daniela Ryf, from Switzerland, smashed Carfrae's course record by almost six minutes with a time of eight hours 46 minutes 46 seconds for the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km marathon run event.

Carfrae surrendered her record of 8:52:14 by finishing in 9:11:00.

She pulled out during last year's race because of injuries she suffered when she was hit by a car while riding her bike three days before the event.

After the bike leg, Ryf led with Carfrae 22min 15sec behind.

Carfrae, who is renowned for her strength on the run, caught and passed everyone except Ryf.

It was a European double this year with Jan Frodeno, the husband of Australian and former Olympic triathlon gold medallist Emma Snowsill, winning the men's race.

Frodeno, the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist who also won last year's Hawaii Ironman world championships, beat fellow German Sebastian Kienle for the men's win in 8:06.30.

"I can't remember when I last suffered so much,” Frodeno said.

No Australian finished in the men's top 10 for the second-straight year.

Carfrae's husband, American Tim O'Donnell, finished sixth.



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