PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA—Professional triathlete Amanda Stevens placed 5th in the Spec-Saver’s Ironman South Africa triathlon on Sunday April 10, 2011. Beginning at 7 a.m. South African time, Amanda finished in 9 hours, 24 minutes, and 17 seconds.
The race consisted of a 3.8km swim around Hobie Beach, a 180km cycle, and a 42.2km run. Amanda led the women in the swimming portion of the event. She was first out of the water with a time of 48:55 and first to transition onto the bike. During the bike sequence Amanda held close within the top 3 spots. Amanda started the running sequence in 3rd place but later fell to 5th, where she finished behind Chrissie Wellington, Rachael Joyce, Diana Riesler, and Sylvia Felt
When asked about the race, Amanda said, “What a fantastic day! To be able to race in South Africa in such a phenomenally supported race was like non-other. The crowds were lining the entire course and cheering all day long. The competition was outstanding and the girls really made me work hard today! It was fun to mix it up with the top women in the sport and finish in the top 5. I am looking forward to visiting the lion and elephant parks before heading back home to the good ole USA!”
Amanda’s competitor Chrissie Wellington broke the course record by 42 minutes and 36 seconds with a time of 8:33:56. Champion of the men’s division, Raynard Tissinks, also broke the course record by approximately 12 minutes.
For more information check out http://live.ironmanlive.com/Event/Spec-Savers_Ironman_South_Africa.