Victoria’s Gross fourth at Ironman Canada

Subaru Ironman Canada Sara Gross fourth among pro women

Sara Gross finished fourth among women at the 2011 Ironman Canada triathlon in Penticton on Sunday.

Sara Gross finished fourth among women at the 2011 Ironman Canada triathlon in Penticton on Sunday.

Victoria triathlete Sara Gross finished fourth among women at the 2011 Ironman Canada triathlon in Penticton on Sunday.

Gross completed the 3.8 kilometre swim, 180km bike and 42km run in nine hours, 46 minutes and 56 seconds, 32nd overall.

Mary Ellis of Superior, Col., set a new women’s course record of 9:03:13 and was ninth overall.

The overall winner was 2009 champion Jordan Rapp, who took back his title when he crossed the finish line in 8:28:09, 13 minutes ahead of Torsten Abel of Germany. Following Torsten was Belgian’s Bert Jammaer in 8:42:34.

Victoria-based distance triathletes Jasper Blake was fifth at 8:50:30, Trevor Wurtele was ninth at 9:05:19, and up-and-comer Adam O’Meara was 23 at 9:35:55.