Ironmen tough it out in WA

BENDIGO triathletes have dug deep to produce superhuman efforts at the Ironman WA in Busselton on Sunday.

Fast times were recorded across the staggering 3.8 kilometre open water swim, 180km road cycle and, just to top it off, a marathon 42.2km run.

The gruelling race was won by Frenchman Jeremy Jurkiewicz who crossed the finish line in 8:08:16.

Jurkiewicz powered to victory by almost eight minutes, ahead of runner-up Markus Thomschke from Germany.

Bendigo's athletes had strong races, with 30-34-year-old division ironman Jarrod Draper first across the line in 9:46:42.

Draper flew home in the marathon in just 3:25:27.

Strathfieldsaye's Frank Scarce was only three minutes behind Draper in 9:49:34 - set up by a fast swim leg of 1:02:09.

Scarce was the third-quickest in the 55-59-year-old age group.

Strathdale's Russ Tremayne completed the brutal annual event in 10:19:27.

Tremayne, competing in the 40-44-year-olds division, was consistent across the three disciplines.

He came home with a burst to finish the marathon in just under four hours.

Quarry Hill's Ben McDermid was across the line in 10:36:54.

His race was set up by a rapid swim leg of 1:02:01.

Maiden Gully's Justin Lee also tore through the water in 1:08:39. Lee's determination helped him get to the finish line in 11:56:17.

The Busselton Ironman attracts a high-quality field with 40 age group qualifying spots available for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

US$40,000 in prizemoney was on offer for pro athletes at the event, which was one of 32 Ironman events raced worldwide.

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