KAILUA-KONA (AP) - Australia's Pete Jacobs won the Ironman world championship Saturday, beating Germany's Andreas Raelert by more than four minutes.
The 31-year-old Jacobs, second last year, finished the 2.4-mile ocean swim in Kailua Bay, 112-mile bicycle leg through the lava fields along the Kohala Coast and 26.2-mile run through Kailua Village and onto Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway in 8:18:37.
"I'm in love with this sport," Jacobs said moments after winning.
In the women's race, Britain's Leanda Cave won in 9:15:54. Cave also won the Ironman 70.3 world championship last month in Las Vegas.
Switzerland's Caroline Steffen was second on Saturday in 9:16:58.