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Guillaume and Donavan win Ironman Mont-Tremblant

Lamontagne Lacasse and Kiers are the top Canadians

France’s Romain Guillaume won his first career Ironman title and American Jessie Donavan won her second in a row today at the inaugural Ironman Mont-Tremblant.

Guillaume led right from the start and remained out front for the rest of the day. He swam 51:22, 3:41 ahead of  St-Sauveur’s Chuck Perreault (55:02) and Sherbrooke’s Martin Lamontagne Lacasse (55:05).

On the bike Guillaume padded his lead with a top ride of 4:35:17 and by the time he started the run he held a 15:48 lead over Toronto’s Nigel Gray, and a 22:44 margin over Spain’s Alejandro Santamaria.

Comfortably in front, Guillaume ran a steady 3:09:09 marathon to claim his first career Ironman title (after two second and two third place finishes) in 8:40:48. Santamaria closed the gap with the top run of 2:52:36 to take second (8:46:58), and American Matthew Russell finished third (8:48:12) after placing fourth at Ironman Lake Placid one month ago. Lamontagne Lacasse was the top Canadian in fourth (9:04:59) followed by Ottawa’s Ryan Cain in fifth (9:06:08).

Top 5 Men

1 08:40:48  Guillaume, Romain FRA

2 08:46:58  Santamaria, Alejandro ESP

3 08:48:12  Russell, Matthew USA

4 09:04:59  Lamontagne Lacasse, Martin CAN

5 09:06:08  Cain, Ryan CAN

The path to the win was different for Donavan. Quebec’s Marie Danais led all women out of the water (57:10) followed by Vancouver’s Rachel Kiers (1:01:40), and Germany’s Uli Bromme (1:04:38). Donavan completed the swim in 1:07:33, 10:23 behind Danais.

At the conclusion of the 180 km bike, Kiers held a 3:07 lead over Donavan (who rode the top split of 5:06:32). Donavan chewed into the Kiers’ lead and by halfway mark of the run she took firm control of the race, leading by 5:10. Donavan clocked the fastest women’s marathon of 3:11:36 to capture her second career Ironman title in 9:30:46. Bromme ran the second fastest marathon (3:17:33) to grab second (9:42:45), leaving Kiers to settle for third (9:49:49). Danais finished fourth (10:14:33).

Top 5 Women

1 09:30:46 Donavan, Jessie USA

2 09:42:45 Bromme, Uli GER

3 09:49:49 Kiers, Rachel CAN

4 10:14:33 Danais, Marie CAN

5 10:17:42 Meyers, Katya USA

Two Canadians were the fastest age groupers on the day.

Sherbrooke’s Pierre-Yves Gigou (9:06:34), and Windsor’s Brooke Brown (9:54:19).