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McMahon and Beals take first and second at Ironman Wisconsin

Canada's Jordan Bryden finishes fourth

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Canada’s Brett McMahon took his fifth Ironman title just a few days ahead of his 42nd birthday at Ironman Wisconsin. The Victoria native led a strong Canadian strong-finishing contingent that included Cody Beals in second and world Ultraman champion Jordan Bryden in fourth for the men. The day featured rain and cool conditions (14 C as a high) according to weather reports from the area.

McMahon led the way out of the water (49:44), just a few seconds ahead of Spain’s Emilio Aguayo, with Beals, rebounding from a tough day in Mont-Tremblant and coming fourth out of the water.

McMahon would continue to lead the way through the race, posting a 4:47 bike split on the rolling Wisconsin course, to lead off the bike with Beals almost eight-minutes behind in second. Bryden was in fifth-place after the bike, about eight minutes behind Ben Hoffman, (fourth at the end of the ride.)

McMahon continued his domination of the race, running a 2:51:22 marathon to cruise to the win in 8:36:02. Beals hung tough with a 2:58:48 marathon split to take second (8:50:24), while Bryden followed up his runner-up finish at the CanadaMan/Woman XTri event with a fourth-place finish in Wisconsin.

Stay tuned for more details from the race, including the women’s results. (Triathlon Magazine Canada columnist Mel McQuaid sits in third in the women’s race at this point.)