McDonald an Ironman again

For the second consecutive year Deiter McDonald has completed the arduous Ironman World Championships.

FORMER Cobden resident Deiter McDonald has again conquered one of the most gruelling tests of mental and physical strength.
The 37 year-old self-employed plumber completed the 2010 Ironman World Championships held in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday.
The event consists of a 3.86 kilometre swim, 180.2 kilometre cycle leg and 42.2 kilometre run.
It was McDonald’s second time competing in the event, dealing with oppressive weather conditions that takes athletes months of gruelling training to prepare fully.
McDonald exited the water from just over an hour in the swim positioned 31st in his age group.
The bike leg was again impressive, knocking 12 minutes off his 2009 time for this leg of the course.
The most marked improvement on last year’s performance however came in the run, equivalent to a full marathon, McDonald slashed 43 minutes from his previous time.
The ultimate aim for McDonald was to complete the course in under 10 hours.
He was able to achieve this feat, recording a personal best time in the event of 9 hours, 38 minutes and 52 seconds, bettering his finish from last year by a massive 57 minutes and 32 seconds.
This result saw McDonald place 37th in the male 35-39 year age group and 223rd overall from a total number of competitors exceeding 1900.

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