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  • Ambrose certainly doesn't seem to be in any trouble at all - he has locked himself into a position about 10 m behind the American. Tollakson is well behind those two in third, but is keeping them in sight.
  • Now things are getting interesting in the men's race - TJ Tollakson has now moved into the lead! He had no choice - once he committed to passing Ambrose, he had to pass Rapp because the Australian was only 10 m behind Rapp and there was no room to move in between them and not get a drafting call.

    Tollakson looks great, though - his super-aerodynamic position hasn't changed since he started his bike.
  • So what would you do with a second chance at life? That's the question that Jordan Rapp had to ask himself in 2010 after he was hit by a car while training on his bike. It was only thanks to a passing armed forces officer that he's alive now - the man literally put his hand on Rapp's artery to stop the blood flowing from his neck.

    I asked Jordan if it is, in a warped kind of way, almost easier to race and go for wins when you're just happy to be alive.

    It’s less about being just happy to be here versus the cliché “if you were given a second chance, what would you do with it?” Would you be happy you were given a second chance, or would you try and capitalize on it? I remember my coach saying: “After accidents like yours, people are either better or worse. No one is the same. I guess we’ll find out what happens to you.”

    In some ways I feel like I’m 110 percent. I feel like I’m going to make the most of this.

    "It’s less about being just happy to be here versus the cliché “if you were given a second chance, what would you do with it?” Would you be happy you were given a second chance, or would you try and capitalize on it? I remember my coach saying: 'After accidents like yours, people are either better or worse. No one is the same. I guess we’ll find out what happens to you.' In some ways I feel like I’m 110 percent. I feel like I’m going to make the most of this."


  • Bert Jammaer has now been caught by the big group of cyclists - now there's only Rapp, Ambrose and Tollakson out in front alone.
  • Through 90 miles of the bike we still have Marsh and Ellis ahead, with Sym and Keat at 3:30 down in third and fourth. Then there's a group of three that includes Sara Piampiano, Michelle Bremer and Kate Bevilaqua.
  • Jordan Rapp messed up my great record of predictions - I said he'd be in at noon and he finished at 11:59.

    I'll have to add time to his overall split as a punishment!
  • Jordan Rapp started the bike at 43:37 and finished it in 5:10:11 - that would be a 4:26:34 bike split, if I can add correctly. Impressive on this course.
  • Here are the splits for the top three into T2:

    1 5:10:11 1 Jordan Rapp Thousand Oaks CA USA
    2 5:12:40 2:29 5 Paul Ambrose Boulder CO USA
    3 5:12:44 2:34 9 Tj Tollakso Des Moines IA USA
  • That bike split is amazing - Jordan Rapp managed to ride that fast while doing more than 4,000 feet of climbing! Impressive riding for this year's Ironman Texas champ. Now that he's off the bike, though, he's got a whole pile of climbing ahead on the run - they start the run with an 8 percent climb!
  • Ambrose had a quick transition, but Rapp's even quicker - he gained another two seconds out of T2.
  • TJ Tollakson came out of T2 in third, but quickly moved ahead of Ambrose on the steep climb up into the Palisades park.
  • The chase group is now into T2 - the gap is up to eight minutes. Let the games begin!

    1 5:10:11 1 Jordan Rapp Thousand Oaks CA USA
    2 5:12:40 2:29 5 Paul Ambrose Boulder CO USA
    3 5:12:44 2:34 9 Tj Tollakso Des Moines IA USA
    4 5:18:20 8:09 44 Christian Brader Memmingen GER
    5 5:18:31 8:21 3 Maik Twelsiek Tucson AZ USA
    6 5:18:35 8:24 14 Bert Jammaer Boom BEL
    7 5:18:35 8:25 13 Maxim Kriat Clermont FL USA
    8 5:18:38 8:27 42 Markus Thomschk Pulsnitz GER
    9 5:18:41 8:31 43 Mathias Hecht Willisau SWI
    10 5:18:52 8:42 6 Jozsef Major Scottsdale AZ USA
    11 5:18:55 8:44 12 Luke Bell Cardiff CA USA
    12 5:18:55 8:45 24 Timothy Marr Honolulu HI USA
  • Rebekah Keat continues to run in third. The first three women are well clear of the rest of the field and appear to be just holding their positions.
  • Jordan Rapp seems to be struggling a bit, but he's got a huge cushion so there's not much to worry about for the Californian.
  • Jordan Rapp has really slowed over the last few miles, but that's totally fine - he's now enjoying a nice run down the finishing chute to claim yet another Ironman title - this time the IRONMAN US Championship.
  • Rebekah Keat appears to be gaining some time on the women ahead of her - she's now 8 minutes behind, according to our spotters.
  • Jordan Rapp sure has a lot of energy! He just ran back down the finishing chute to salute the crowd here!
  • Check this out - Trevor Wurtele has run himself into fifth at 23 miles!

    1 7:46:57 1 Jordan Rapp Thousand Oaks CA USA
    2 8:00:46 13:49 13 Maxim Kriat Clermont FL USA
    3 8:02:51 15:54 6 Jozsef Major Scottsdale AZ USA
    4 8:04:18 17:21 42 Markus Thomschk Pulsnitz GER
    5 8:06:22 19:25 15 Trevor Wurtele Kelowna BC CAN
    6 8:08:13 21:16 9 Tj Tollakso Des Moines IA USA
    7 8:10:17 23:20 14 Bert Jammaer Boom BEL
  • "I hope I didn't use up all the ice," Jordan Rapp just joked at the finish line, telling us how hot it was out on the course.
  • Rapp might make California his home these days, but he just pointed out that he spent the first 25 years of his life growing up in this town, so he feels pretty at home here!
  • Jordan Rapp's splits:
    1 08:11:18 1 Rapp, Jordan 32 THOUSAND O CA USA 41:45 1:52 4:26:34 1:47 2:59:22
  • That eight-minute number might have been a bit ambitious for Rebekah Keat - through 17 miles we have the Australian sitting 10 minutes behind in the timing data.
  • Things aren't changing much in the women's race - through 16 miles here are the splits:
    1 7:43:10 50 Mary Beth Ellis Superior CO USA
    2 7:48:15 5:05 52 Amy Marsh Austin TX USA
    3 7:53:16 10:06 74 Rebekah Keat Burleigh Heads QLD AUS
    4 8:06:54 23:44 76 Sarah Piampian Los Angeles CA USA
    5 8:10:57 27:48 58 Tamara Kozulina Clermont , Fl 3471 FL USA
    6 8:11:17 28:07 64 Michelle Bremer Papamoa BOP NZL
  • If Jordan Rapp wasn't here today we'd be having a heck of a men's race. With two miles to go things are still very close for the rest of the podium spots.

    1 7:57:52 1 Jordan Rapp Thousand Oaks CA USA
    2 8:11:18 13:26 13 Maxim Kriat Clermont FL USA
    3 8:13:26 15:35 6 Jozsef Major Scottsdale AZ USA
    4 8:16:04 18:12 42 Markus Thomschk Pulsnitz GER
    5 8:16:48 18:57 15 Trevor Wurtele Kelowna BC CAN
    6 8:19:09 21:17 9 Tj Tollakso Des Moines IA USA
  • Our spotters just saw the first age group athlete enter Riverside Park. Norway's Allan Hovda is first on the course right now, but we'll have to see how his time works out. Today's race was a time trial start for the age group athletes, so we have a while to go before we'll be able to figure out the age group standings.
  • Maxim Kriat just came across the line in second place. We're expecting Joszef Major to come in shortly.
  • Joszef Major hung on for third, but we have a battle going on for fourth. Thomshke and Wurtele are just seconds apart! It looks like Trevor Wurtele is going to run his way to fourth.
  • Vertical? At the end of an Ironman? Wow! Markus Thomschke is a happy fifth place finisher. Photo courtesy FinisherPix.com

  • Rebekah Keat overcame her early-season calf injury to run her way to second here today. Photo courtesy FinisherPix.com

  • Amy Marsh finished third today after spending much of the day in either first or second. Photo courtesy FinisherPix.com

  • The women's champ: Mary Beth Ellis. Photo courtesy FinisherPix.com

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