March 26, 2012

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Alexander Breaks 8 Hours in Melbourne

Crowie, 38, caps race with 2:38 marathon

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.

Read more at the Herald Sun

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa     Photo: exfordy/Flickr

Rugby Team Missing off SA Beach

Men pulled to sea after post-practice swim

Five men are missing and one man is dead after 17 members of a South African rugby team were pulled out to sea during a post-practice swim on Sunday at a beach near Port Elizabeth. The men played on the Motherwell Rugby Football Club, a local organization formed in 1992 that recruited at at-risk teens in Motherwell Township. The team had taken a swim after practicing for a championship tournament next week in Cape Town. Emergency officials rescued 11 of the 17 players who were carried out to sea.

Read more at the Associated Press

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James Cameron speaks at the 2010 TED Conference     Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Cameron Dives to Mariana Trench

Filmmaker spends 3 hours on ocean floor

Filmmaker James Cameron became the first person to complete a solo submarine dive to the ocean's deepest point on Monday near Guam. Cameron descended nearly seven miles to the Mariana Trench in a custom-built sub called Deepsea Challenger. He had hoped to spend several hours gathering scientific data on the ocean floor but was forced to surface when a hydraulic system controlling the sub's mechanical arm failed. Cameron said he saw very few lifeforms. "It was bleak," he said. "It looked like the moon."

Read more at National Geographic

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