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Canadians Bowden,
Reid win Ironman


KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii >> Peter Reid of Canada made a strong marathon run and won the 25th anniversary Ironman Triathlon World Championship yesterday.

The 34-year-old professional triathlete from Victoria finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run in 8 hours, 22 minutes and 34 seconds. It was his third Hawaii Ironman victory after winning in 1998 and 2000.

"I really, really hurt," Reid said after crossing the finish line. "I trained hard, saved my year for this race and it paid off."

Rutger Beke of Belgium was second in 8:28:26, and Cameron Brown of New Zealand third in 8:30:07.

Reid took the lead just before the 10-mile mark of the run, passing Normann Stadler of Germany, who was first to finish the bike ride and had a 4-minute, 15-second lead going into the run.


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Peter Reid of Canada won yesterday's 25th anniversary Ironman Triathlon World Championship on the Big Island.


Defending champion Tim DeBoom was second going into the run but dropped out of the race at the 12-mile mark due to dehydration.

Lori Bowden of Canada, the 1999 champion who holds the women's course marathon record, made another strong marathon run and won the women's race. Her time was 9:11:55. Bowden, who is Reid's estranged wife, passed Nina Kraft of Germany midway through the run after Kraft had regained the lead.

Kraft was the first woman to finish the bike ride, but three-time defending champion Natasha Badmann was first to start the run because Kraft had to serve a three-minute penalty.

Athletes from 42 states and 42 countries, and from ages 18 to 80, were registered, including Gordon Haller, winner of the first Ironman race in 1978 and two of the other 11 finishers.

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