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Jackson Claims First IRONMAN Title At Coeur d'Alene

Heather Jackson raising the IRONMAN Coeur d'\Alene finish tape proudly after her first-ever IRONMAN win. Heather Jackson raising the IRONMAN Coeur d'\Alene finish tape proudly after her first-ever IRONMAN win.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Heather Jackson finished strong down the stretch to win her first-ever IRONMAN title with a time of 9:23:27 at IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene in only her second full IRONMAN attempt on Sunday.

Second-place finisher Amanda Stevens led Jackson by almost eight minutes getting out of the water, but the 31-year-old Bend, Ore. resident and former Ivy League hockey player used her cycling background to make up the time and had the fastest run to complete the come-from-behind victory.

"To get my first full win here felt incredible," Jackson said. "It felt like a home race."

Stevens crossed the clock with a time of 9:40:16, almost 17 minutes behind Jackson. 

Kim Schwabenbauer came in third, 10:03 behind Stevens. Amber Ferreira and Kary Blakemore finished with times under 10 hours to place fourth and fifth, respectively.

Tamara Kozulina (Ukraine) was the top international finisher with a time of 10:09:29 to earn the seventh spot. Anne Basso (France) finished tenth with a time of 10:21:24.

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