Pete Jacobs, 31, of Australia won the 2012 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Jacobs will take home $120,000 for his trouble. Andreas Raelert, 36, of Germany took second. Frederik Van Lierde, 33, of Belgium took third.
Jacobs finished in 8 hours, 18 minutes, 37 seconds (swim 51:28, transition 1:49, bike 4:35:15, transition 2:02, run 2:48:06 ). Raelert’s time was 8 hours, 23 minutes, 40 seconds (swim 55:17, transition 1:53, bike 4:36:34, transition 2:33, run 2:47:24).
Conditions for the bike and run were hot and humid, with quite a bit of wind along the Kohala Coast and up to Hawi.
This is the sixth year an Australian has won the Ironman in Kona.
Leanda Cave, 34, from Great Britain, finished first for the women at 9 hours, 15 minutes. Caroline Steffen, 34, of Switzerland, finished second, one minute and 4 seconds back. Mirinda Carfrae of Australia, age 31, was third. Cave will also take home $120,000.
NBC will broadcast its two-hour Ironman Kona special on Saturday, October 27. Usually the broadcast is in December, but this year, on the expectation that Lance Armstrong would be in the race, NBC moved the broadcast up. However, Armstrong was disqualified from the race once an investigation of doping charges was begun and Armstrong elected to essentially drop out of professional cycling.