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Corbin emerged from the swim in 7th place with a 4:43 deficit, advanced to second place but 6:55 behind race leader Rachel McBride at T2, then surged to the front with a women’s-best 3:08:12 marathon to finish in 9:17:12 with a 7:43 margin of victory over Canadian Jen Annett and 10:03 over long-time leader and 3rd-place finisher Rachel McBride of Canada.
When asked how it felt to win an Ironman again Corbin told Ironman media: "I had a really frustrating few years and you wonder what's the point? So even today after I had the lead I had to just hold onto that feeling. It's getting harder and harder to win these."
Interrupting a stellar career that included Ironman wins at Coeur d’Alene in 2010, Arizona and Austria in 2012, Austria and Los Cabos in 2014, plus a 3rd place finish at Kona in 2011, Corbin endured a year she called “a bad domino effect” in 2015. It started when she got sick early in the year in Mexico. Then she was stung in the ear by an insect while on a training ride in South Africa and had an extreme allergic reaction with fever and chills and was diagnosed with bacterial and viral infections. Back home in Bend, Oregon, Corbin plunged back into training too hard too soon and got a chest infection. After a dismal experience racing St. George 70.3, she woke up with a sore hip and sore calves and quads. An MRI showed she also had a stress fracture in her femur and so she shut down training and racing for the rest of her misbegotten year.
The road back was gradual. In October 2016 she finished 13th at Kona. This year she started with a 7th at Puerto Rico 70.3, 4th at Ironman 70.3 Texas, 3rd at Peru 70.3, and 5th at Ironman Brazil before it all came together at Whistler.