KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — After his second consecutive victory in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Mark Allen says he finally feels confident in competing in the 140-mile event.
"I finally feel like I can do it again," Allen said after winning Saturday's race. "In past races, I've had more failures than successes."
Allen, of Cardiff, Calif., said he felt pressure because he was expected to win.
"I put pressure on myself," he said. "My friends had more confidence in me than I did."
His time for the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle race and 26.2-mile run was 8 hours 28 minutes 17 seconds, compared to the record of 8:09:15 he set last year. He won $20,000.
Scott Tinley, who won the Ironman in 1982 and 1985, finished second with a time of 8:37:40. His finish gave him the overall Ironman World Series Championship.