Aussie, oldest female competitor win IronMan Louisville



Posted on August 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 25 at 7:28 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The IronMan Louisville competition has crowned its male and female winners.

For the second year in a row, Australian Chris McDonald has won IronMan Louisville for the men’s division with a time of 8:40:51.

Officials said Arizona native Thomas Gerlach came in second place with a 17 second time difference.

McDonald collapsed shortly after the race due to a bout of exhaustion but was OK after medical treatment.

Nina Kraft, at the age of 46, became the oldest woman to win an IronMan triathlon finishing the competition with a time of 9:31:19.

Athletes battled extreme heat and humidity to get through swimming, biking and running courses.

IronMan Louisville is the last qualifying event before the world championships take place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11.


Top five professional men’s results:

1.     Chris McDonald        AUS                 8:40:51

2.     Thomas Gerlach        USA                 8:41:07

3.     Patrick Evoe             USA                 8:49:27

4.     Mike Hermanson       USA                 9:00:27

5.     Michael Starkey        USA                 9:01:10


Top five professional women’s results:

1.     Nina Kraft                GER                 9:31:19

2.     Jackie Arendt           USA                 9:43:25

3.     Caroline Gregory      USA                 9:47:02

4.     Molly Roohi             USA                 9:51:49

5.     Amy Javens            USA                 10:07:16