Zyemtsev, Kessler run away with Ironman Coeur d'Alene

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 10:03 PM

COEUR D'ALENE-- Ironman 2012 has its winners.

Viktor Zyemtsev won the men's pro 2012 Ironman race in Coeur d’Alene. He finished the race in 8:32:29. American Meredith Kessler took the women's pro race in 9:21:44.

Zyemtsev, a 39-year-old from Ukraine, owns the second fastest time in course history. Zyemtsev won the 2005 Coeur d’Alene Ironman in 8:23:29.

This was ninth time competing in an Ironman challenge.

Tim O'Donnell of Boulder, Colorado came in second place at 8:41:36, and at exactly 8:52:00, Matthew Russel of Scottsdale, Arizona won third.

Kessler finished second in 2010, with a 9:23:52 mark that was the fourth best ever. Today her performance was the third fastest in women's race history.

The 34-year old has now raced in 45 Ironmans, but has only been a professional for less than two years. Kessler posted the fastest splits in all three legs of the triathlon, winning by nearly 40 minutes over Haley Cooper-Scott.

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