World champion Craig Alexander recorded the first sub-eight-hour Ironman-distance triathlon of his career on Saturday at the inaugural Ironman Melbourne. Alexander, 38, became the oldest man to win the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii last November, and in the process set a course record of 8:03:56. On Saturday, he exited the swim leg five minutes behind leader Clayton Fettell. After a strong bike leg put him in the lead with New Zealand's Cameron Brown, Alexander recorded the fastest marathon of his career, 2:38, to seal a nearly three-minute victory over Brown in 7:57:44. "I've never felt that bad in a run, but I guess when you run that fast, it's supposed to hurt," Alexander said.
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