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Victoria’s Brent McMahon won his third Ironman race on Sunday in Lake Placid, New York. He finished in the time of 8:13:53 on the very challenging course – it was no small feat.
He defeated one of the best Ironman athletes in the world by nearly 24 minutes in Andy Potts. Potts is currently ranked 10th overall in the Ironman points standings race, which starts and ends in August each year. He finished in the time of 8:37:46. Third was Justin Daerr credited with an 8:45:40.
Potts is a seven-time Ironman champion. He is also an Ironman 70.3 world champions from back in 2007. He is a four-time United States Triathlete of the Year.
“I’m obviously very excited with how my day went in Lake Placid,” McMahon told Victoria Sports News. “I didn’t know what to expect coming in having not done the race or a hilly and challenging course like this one. I run well off of hard bikes so I knew I could have a strong day if things went well.”
His coach of 20 years, Lance Watson, of LifeSport Coaching agrees.
“Brent always runs well off of a challenging bike. The long climbs in Lake Placid really suited him. I was pleased to see this kind of a run performance mid-season. The big goal still remains Hawaii in the fall.”
The two-time Olympian moved up to the 70.3 (formerly “half-iron”) and Ironman distances after the 2012 London Olympic Games.
He proceeded to win the half distance repeatedly, showing that the move from Olympic distance – typically completed in and around two hours – to the four and eight-plus hour events suited him.
Victoria has a history with Kona, as Peter Reid and Lori Bowden won the event three and two times, respectively and had several other top finishes. McMahon looks ready to challenge for the win.
In Lake Placid he came out of the water in third place with a swim time of 50-minutes and 12 seconds. Potts was two seconds ahead, while fellow American James Cappareli was first at 50 minutes exactly.
“We had great conditions for the race, low wind, cool temperatures and guys ready to race hard for the win. I worked hard to stay at or near the front through the swim and bike and then once onto the run I just let things go and went for it.”
McMahon gained 32 seconds on Potts on the bike. They raced to a 4:35:25 and 4:36:00 performance, respectively. On the bike it became a two-man show.
“It was a challenge to keep pushing and pushing through all the hills on the bike and run for over eight hours, but to come across the finish line with the win and the new course record was awesome. To be a part of the history of this long-standing Ironman event is an honour and something I’ll never forget,” added McMahon.
For the run portion of Lake Placid there was simply no competition. He crushed the course in the time of 2:43:00, more than 22-minutes faster than Potts, who is credited with a 3:05:50 marathon. Justin Daerr (2:54:46) and John Kelly (2:59:32) were the only others to run sub-three hours.
McMahon was already the third-fastest all-time in the gruelling all-day event having gone sub-eight hours four times. His rookie performance in Arizona three years ago still stands as a rookie speed record at 7:55:48. He also won and set the Arizona course record that day.
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