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Costes makes Ironman history

In Barcelona, Antony Costes recorded the fastest-ever Ironman by a Frenchman. No wonder he’s known as “Le Tigre.”

After several Ironman 70.3 and 5150 victories, Antony’s first full-length win came as no surprise. The manner in which he did it, however, was simply stunning.

After exiting the water near the front, Antony remained in the lead group alongside fellow Frenchman — and fellow Cervélo rider — Bertand Billard, who would go on to set a personal-best bike split on his P5X. At this point Antony was in similarly fine form, surging into the lead over the final 40kms thanks to a blistering 4:09:58 split on his P5.

The see-saw battle continued when Antony was passed by Mike Phillips early in the run, and when Bertrand was forced to withdraw with severe cramps. It was then that Antony ran into the lead, ultimately claiming victory with the fastest marathon of the day (2:46:50).

In the end, his performance was one for the ages, with his 7:49:19 overall result being the 10th-quickest of all time.

Photo: MorfTech