Michellie Jones’ Ironman Hopes Dashed

by The Editors on September 24, 2008

W-Win-CrpCarlsbadistan’s best hope for the Ironman World Championship Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2008 has withdrawn from the competition after “suffering a slight tear in her right calf” on Sunday, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Jones, winner of the 2006 Ironman Hawaii, suffered the injury while running the half marathon at the Ironman 70.3 Cancun (Mexico). Jones had recorded the race’s fastest 56-mile bike split. . . . “One of the things that I learned from my disastrous defense of my Ironman World Championship title last year in Kona is that the Hawaiian Ironman is not a place to be unless you are 100 percent,” Jones said in a statement. “I am really looking forward to coming back to Kona in 2009 with a vengeance. I am extremely disappointed.”

We’re bummed for Michellie and for triathlon fans everywhere.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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