Triathlon: Jan Frodeno secured a victory in his third race over the Ironman half distance. The Olympic champion from Beijing is thus continuing his successful transition from the Olympic distance to the long distance. However, in St. Goerge, in the US state of Utah, he only won at the last minute. Canadian Brent McMahon took second place ahead of Brit Tim Don.
Frodeno led a relatively large group out of the water into the first transition zone. The American Andy Potts was the first to lead on the bike, but was soon overtaken by his compatriot Andrew Yoder. Behind that, nothing was given away. The high speed of the chasing group around Frodeno and McMahon also kept the bike specialist Sebastian Kienle at a distance. The 70.3 distance world champion was not having a good day and was struggling to close the gap at the front. In the end he finished tenth. Things went better for Frodeno further up. Although he had to give up on the last few kilometers of cycling, he pushed himself back towards the top with a strong half marathon. In the final kilometer of the race, he finally caught up with McMahon, who had taken the lead mid-run, and distanced him.
The American Meredith Kessler won the women's event. Thanks to an equally strong mileage, she won ahead of Brit Jodie Swallow and Canadian Heather Wurtele.
1. Jan Frodeno (Germany) 3:45:21
2. Brent McMahon (Canada) 3:45:43
3. Tim Don (Great Britain) 3:45:50
4. Joe Gambles (Australia) 3:47:10
5 Andy Potts (USA) 3: 47: 33
1 Meredith Kessler (USA) 4: 11: 53
2. Jodie Swallow (UK) 4:12:29
3. Heather Wurtele (Canada) 4:14:31
4. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:16:10
5. Julie Dibens (UK) 4:23:21