Five Americans Earn Top-10 Finishes
November 13, 2010 (Clearwater, FL) – USA Triathlon Project 2012 program standout Timothy O’Donnell placed third to lead five Americans to top-10 finishes at the IRONMAN World Championship 70.3 on Saturday.
O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) stood tenth after the swim but came on strong on the bike and run to finish as the top U.S. athlete with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes, 18 seconds over the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run event.
Joining O’Donnell with top-10 finishes on the men’s side were fellow Project 2012 athlete Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.), who was eighth in 3:47:32, and USA Triathlon National Team member Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.), who finished ninth in 3:48:13. Germany’s Michael Raelert won the men’s title in 3:41:19.
O’Donnell also finished as the runner-up at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship and the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship earlier this year.
On the women’s side, Amanda Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top American, finishing fourth in 4:13:32 to just miss a spot on the podium. She was second following the swim and held her position in the top four all day. Heather Jackson (Exeter, N.H.) followed with a fifth-place finish among the professional women in 4:17:08. Jodie Swallow of Great Britain was the women’s winner in 4:06:28.
1. Michael Raelert (GER), 3:41:19
2. Filip Ospaly (CZE), 3:42:56
3. Timothy O’Donnell, (Boulder, Colo.) 3:44:18
Additional U.S. Men’s Top-10 Finishers
8. Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.), 3:47:32
9. Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.), 3:48:13
1. Jodie Swallow (GBR), 4:06:28
2. Leanda Cave (GBR), 4:12:34
3. Magali Tisseyre (CAN), 4:13:04
U.S. Women’s Top-10 Finishers
4. Amanda Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 4:13:32
5. Heather Jackson (Exteter, N.H.), 4:17:08