Lance Armstrong Wins Ironman Hawaii 70.3 in 3:50:55

Breaking: Lance Armstrong Wins Ironman Hawaii 70.3

Lance Armstrong, one of the best riders the cycling world has ever seen, has turned to triathlon with aspirations of achieving similar success. In 2012, Lance is competing against the world's best triathletes in 7 major races:
  1. Ironman 70.3 Panama (3:50:55, 2nd place)
  2. Ironman 70.3 Texas (3:54:32, 7th place)
  3. Ironman 70.3 St. Croix (4:07:08, 3rd place)
  4. Ironman 70.3 Florida (3:45:38 1st place)
  5. Ironman 70.3 Hawaii (3:50:55, 1st Place)
  6. Ironman France
  7. Ironman World Championship, Kona Hawaii
In his fourth event of the year, Lance Armstrong overpowered the field at Ironman 70.3 Florida, winning his first major triathlon in a time of 3:45:38. After seeing his lead evaporate on the run in each of three previous attempts, Lance finally put it all together in Florida to crush his nearest competitor, Maxim Kriat, by 11 minutes.

Today, June 2, 2012, Lance is racing Ironman Hawaii 70.3, facing off against Chris Lieto as his top rival. We'll be updating Lance's performance throughout the race, and will have a detailed summary shortly after he finishes.

Update After Swim and Bike: As expected, Lance took the lead on the bike course, though Chris Lieto was only about 3 minutes behind Armstrong heading onto the run course. But Lieto began losing ground early into the run, apparently still struggling with a nagging achilles injury. It's Greg Bennett making a charge to challenge Armstrong, and he's been steadily gaining on the race leader.

After 3.7 miles on the run: 
  1. Lance Armstrong 2:44:49 elapsed
  2. Greg Bennett 2:50:16 (erased about 3 minutes of Armstrong's lead at this point)
  3. Maik Tweisiek 2:53:26
  4. Chris Lieto 2:55:14
  5. Guy Crawford 3:00:20
After 7.2 miles on the run: Lance is holding his own; Bennett only gained 22 seconds on him in the last 3 miles. Spotters report both are running well.
  1. Lance Armstrong 3:13:45 Elapsed
  2. Greg Bennett 3:18:52
After 8.5 Miles: No change -- Bennett still trails Armstrong by 0:05:07

Finish line: Armstrong wraps up a 1:22:29 half marathon to take the win.

For more, see our Complete Lance Armstrong Ironman Results Analysis.