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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Australia's Pete Jacobs won the Ironman world championship Saturday, beating Germany's Andreas Raelert by more than 4 minutes.


The 31-year-old Jacobs, second last year, finished the 2.4-mile ocean swim in Kailua Bay, 112-mile bike ride through the scorching lava fields along the Kohala Coast and 26.2-mile run through Kailua Village and out onto Queen Kaahumanu Highway in 8 hours, 18 minutes, 37 seconds.


"I'm in love with this sport," Jacobs said moments after winning. "I'm so lucky to have this opportunity and have a good day out there. It was an unbelievable day and there's much love out there."


Jacobs was second off bike, more than 8 minutes behind Belgium's Marino Vanhoenacker, and passed Vanhoenacker with little more than 10 miles left in the marathon. The winner earned $120,000.


The 36-year-old Raelert has his third top-three finish in four years. He finished in 8:23:40.


Belgium's Frederik Van Lierde was third in 8:24:09.


Vanhoenacker faded badly in the run after Jacobs passed him and wasn't a factor at the finish.


In the women's race, Britain's Leanda Cave pulled away in the last 3 miles of the run to win her second world title of the year. The 34-year-old Cave won the Ironman 70.3 world championship last month and carried that momentum into Kona, finishing in 9:15:54.


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