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.