Wassner and Alterman take Israman 226

Laurel Wassner finished seventh overall to take the women's title at one of the world's toughest fulls, while Dan Alterman ran his way to the men's title, becoming the first Israeli athlete to win the full-distance Israman event.

| January 27, 2017 | NEWS

Dan Alterman makes Israel proud as he wins the Israman triathlon.

Dan Alterman makes Israel proud as he wins the Israman triathlon.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

So how hard is the Israman triathlon? Just ask the 2017 champ, Laurel Wassner. After trailing her sister out of the water, the American found herself in chase mode until the 14 km point of the marathon.

"I have never ridden my bike for six and a half hours without getting off," she said shortly after crossing the finish line in seventh place overall. "10,000 feet of climbing, then straight into a downhill run. I had a couple of 3:15 kms coming down the mountain, which I think thrashed my quads, which resulted in me running 8 min/ mile pace the rest of the way. It was hard. It's an interesting way to race an Ironman-distance race."

"I knew she'd swim better than me," she said of her sister leading out of the water. "I've been really sick and haven't really been able to train the last few weeks. I think the experience I have from all the Ironmans I've done means I'm pretty good at keeping a good, steady pace. And it's great that Rebeccah got second place - it's her first full-distance race."

The men's race saw the return (possibly) of former pro Dan Alterman, who ran his way to the title, the first time an Israeli athlete has won the full distance since Gilam Rotem won the event in 2010.

"I worked really hard," Alterman said in possibly the understatement of 2017 so far. "For me this is more about giving an example to my kids, my family, my athletes. My professional life finished eight years ago - now I'm just doing it for fun."

Alterman has a training squad of more than 500 athletes that he runs with his twin brother. Altermans led an all-Israeli podium to the line in the challenging race that featured extremely windy and cool conditions.
 

Dan Alterman runs to the line with some fast moving company.

Dan Alterman runs to the line with some fast moving company.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Laurel Wassner takes the women\'s title at the Israman 226.

Laurel Wassner takes the women's title at the Israman 226.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Israman 226: Men's Results

Eilat (Israel), January 27, 2017

Place

Name

Country

Total

3.8k Swim

180k Bike

42.2k Run

1

Dan Alterman

ISR

10:09:00

1:03:13

6:06:46

2:59:00

2

Dan Kony Ovchinikov

ISR

10:26:03

1:03:16

5:57:50

3:24:56

3

Ohad Sinai

ISR

10:40:13

1:11:37

6:05:44

3:22:52

4

John Humble

SWE

10:45:59

1:14:49

6:08:13

3:22:56

5

Eddy Lamers

NED

11:05:17

1:05:15

6:02:02

3:57:59

6

Amir Bachar

ISR

11:13:27

1:09:05

6:10:33

3:53:48

7

Elad Sharabi

ISR

11:15:47

1:08:26

5:56:25

4:10:56

8

John Hirsch

USA

11:16:25

1:11:44

6:30:39

3:34:01

9

Tomas Racek

CZE

11:26:49

1:12:18

6:34:16

3:40:13

10

Hagay Anaby

ISR

11:32:26

1:18:50

6:33:13

3:40:22

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Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Israman 226: Women's Results

Eilat (Israel), January 27, 2017

Place

Name

Country

Total

3.8k Swim

180k Bike

42.2k Run

1

Laurel Wassner

USA

11:13:43

1:13:39

6:29:30

3:30:33

2

Rebeccah Wassner

USA

11:37:37

1:04:55

6:28:55

4:03:46

3

Irena Mazin

ISR

12:23:49

1:25:38

6:50:03

4:08:07

4

Jodi Zulberg

RSA

13:00:17

1:21:28

7:20:34

4:18:14

5

Limor Hagani

ISR

13:03:59

1:37:09

7:08:38

4:18:11

6

Galit Heller-Shachar

ISR

13:35:52

1:26:53

8:02:22

4:06:35

7

Galia Kaspi

ISR

14:26:37

1:26:55

8:06:33

4:53:08

8

Enav Shemesh

ISR

14:26:55

1:16:53

8:08:26

5:01:34

9

Leeat Atkins

ISR

15:43:31

1:26:31

8:38:49

5:38:11

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