By Karl Hayes
Graham O’Grady and Joanna Lawn have won the 2011 Port Of Tauranga Half Ironman. Graham O’Grady lead from start to finish just managing to hold off a fast finishing Callum Millward who ran the half marathon just over four and a half minutes quicker than O’Grady.
Graham O’Grady left
Jo Lawn had to fight for hers with a come from behind win over Sydney based Kiwi Anna Cleaver.
Considering it was a â€˜come from behind win’ I asked Jo how the race panned out and whether everything went as planned. â€œI felt really good the whole way thru. It is just a work in progress. I hadn’t really planned the race so yes it went wellâ€.
How do you feel about the 2011 Ironman New Zealand after the win today? â€œNo different! Training starts in two days time. A half ironman is very different to an ironman. Things are looking healthy and I have obviously recovered from my Hawaii raceâ€.
I asked Jo if she was on track for a repeat performance of last year. â€œWell I would love it if life was that simple… But now the work has to be done!!
I put a piece from Ironman on Trizone last year about you and your mouthguard. That was fascinating. Has that
really had such a big impact on your performances? â€œI think it really has helped me be symmetrical and not favour one side!! So now I am riding a lot straighter and my body is feeling betterâ€. (Read the article on Ironman.com)
â€œMy career is awesome, I have been supported by incredible people and companies for a lonnnnng time!!! I want to say a huge thank you to Bonita bananas, TYR, Thompsons, Oakley, Cervelo, Asics, Profile Design, RoadiD, ZIPP, Giro, Timex, Power Balance, Computrainer, ISM, T3 mattress, MVP Normatec, SRAMâ€.
Joanna Lawn on bike
Anna Cleaver told Trizone today that after leading most of the race Lawn passed her with 2.5kms to go. “I led from the start and had a really strong bike leg. I ran well but Jo got me with 2.5km to go. The last lap around the Mount track is a tough one (the undulations become hills!!). I’d gone all out from the start and in the end my legs fell off! I was happy with second as Jo is an amazing athlete and very experienced on that course. It was a great day with so many supporters and familiar faces – friends and family, new and old. I loved it!”
Janine Simpson finished 3rd in only her second half Ironman and her first as a pro-elite. Her first half ironman was at Auckland in March last year. â€œI’ve previously raced short-course triathlons. I didn’t specifically train for my first half ironman back in March and did it on short course triathlon training. In that race I lead up until the 75km mark on the bike before hitting the wall, because that was as far as my training would take me. I was expecting that pain again on Saturday, but it never came, and I felt awesome for the bike and runâ€.
Janine is coached by New Zealand National Coach Greg Fraine and Accelerate Swim Coach Tim Brazier. â€œOn Saturday I did have a rubbish swim which I was disappointed about – I’ve had a few health concerns lately and have nausea almost every day for the last four weeks and I got another nice big attack of nausea during the swim. This slowed me down to the extent that I even thought about pulling outâ€.
Simpson’s nausea came under control on the bike and she found the 90km much easier than expected. â€œI felt awesome after the nausea had stopped. With hindsight I wish I had pushed myself harder for the bike-leg, but with the threat of nausea and my experience in my first half ironman, I decided that it was better to be conservativeâ€.
â€œOn the run I felt great again – it was like I hadn’t even done the 2km swim and 90km bike and I just settled into a pace that I was comfortable with so that I could open it up on the 2nd lap. It didn’t concern me that Jo Lawn ran past me somewhere in the 1st 5kms because I had decided before the race to leave any chasing until the 2nd lap. By the 2nd lap I couldn’t see anyone behind me and having figured by that stage that I was unlikely to get 1st or 2nd, I just kept at a happy pace and enjoyed the race – knowing I had plenty of gas in the tank to fend off anyone from behind.
I asked Janine if she was aware that Australia’s Rachael Paxton was closing in on her. â€œI wasn’t aware that
Paxton was closing in on the run and I’m kind of wishing she had caught me so that I would have been forced to put the hammer down. Funnily enough, the commentator at the end did say that it looked like I could have done that again – and when I was thinking about it as he said it – I actually did feel like I could have done it again. It would have hurt of course, but I did finish in pretty good nickâ€.
â€œI think a podium was a good result (a surprise even) and if I get the all-clear, I’m looking forward to my next race this Friday, where I’m back to the short-course triathlonsâ€.
Janine is definitely someone to watch in the future.
Australians Rachael Paxton, Rebekah Keat and Nicole Ward were 4th, 6th and 7th
Age groupers Tristan Calwell (4:00:28), Craig Kirkward (4:09:47) and Daniel Plews (4:10:11) mixed it up with the pro field with some great times.
|1||Joanna Lawn||F PRO||0:27:53||2:19:23||1:25:47||4:15:38|
|2||Anna Cleaver||F PRO||0:25:31||2:19:58||1:28:49||4:16:42|
|3||Janine Simpson||F PRO||0:28:32||2:19:05||1:33:02||4:22:47|
|1||Graham O’Grady||M PRO||0:23:37||2:06:20||1:17:56||3:49:45|
|2||Callum Millward||M PRO||0:25:32||2:08:57||1:13:20||3:49:55|
|3||Cameron Brown||M PRO||0:25:24||2:08:53||1:14:02||3:50:30|
Ironman World Championship: Europeans Dominate and Records Fall
European dominance of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona has continued but not as the pre-race script had been written.
While Switzerland’s “Angry Bird” Daniela Ryf made it three Kona victories, it was not defending champion Jan Frodeno’s day, with the men’s championship title transferring to fellow countryman Patrick Lange.
Coming from a nine-minute deficit off the bike, Lange revelled in near perfect conditions to write himself into the IRONMAN history books to destroy the course record set in 2011 by Australian Craig Alexander, with a 2:39:59 marathon that helped deliver a total race time of 8:01:40.
In a record-breaking day, Aussie Cameron Wurf won the battle of the bikers taking control of the race at the 110km mark and leading into the bike/run transition to set a new bike course record of 4:12:54, more than five minutes faster than Normann Stadler’s 2006 record.
Wurf surrendered his lead early on in the run, as Lionel Sanders (CAN and Sebastian Kienle (GER) made their presence felt, but very quickly all eyes turned to a charging Patrick Lange who had moved into third at 21km of the marathon intent on reducing the six-minute deficit to the leading Sanders.
Lange was on a mission and keen to improve on his third place last year and with 5km to go on the run he flew past Sanders, heading for town and the adoring crowd lining the run course and the finish line on Ali’i Drive.
“It’s everything I ever dreamed of. Oh, my god, I cannot believe it,” Lange said. “I always, always, always since I was a child dreamed of having this crown. From time to time you think someone is hitting with a baseball beneath your knees and you just want to drop out. I had to fight, I had to fight so hard,” Lange said at the finish line.
A fading Sanders managed to hold off the hard-charging David McNamee (GBR) for second with Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) crossing the finish to take fourth and fifth.
Swiss miss Daniela Ryf joined an exclusive club at the IRONMAN World Championships, recording her third win in Kona with a very skilful and strategic victory that while remarkably effective, lacked her usual flair and total dominance.
Ryf didn’t have it all her way, with Lucy Charles dominating the swim and majority of the bike before Ryf decided that enough was enough. Ryf wrestled the lead off the Brit and charged home with the fastest run of the day, putting a nine-minute gap to her chasers by the end of the 42.2km run.
“It was the hardest I had to ever fight for the win. I’m so happy to turn it around today,” a more emotional than usual Ryf said at the finish line.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Smashes Course Record and Daniela Ryf Earns Third Straight Win
Patrick Lange (DEU) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) earned championship titles with momentous performances today at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Lange passed Lionel Sanders (CAN) in the final three miles, clocking in at 8:01:40 and establishing a new course record (formerly 8:03:56 by Craig Alexander, 2011). Ryf earned her third consecutive crown with a time of 8:50:47, joining an exclusive “three-peat” winners’ circle alongside the newest IRONMAN Hall of Fame inductee Chrissie Wellington and Natascha Badmann, Dave Scott, Paula Newby-Fraser and Mark Allen. Over 2,350 athletes from 66 countries, regions and territories on six continents started the IRONMAN World Championship race on the Island of Hawai`i in the toughest one-day endurance event in the world.
Lange, who raced in only his fourth IRONMAN to-date, had an incredible ascension after having been 17th out of the swim in today’s race. Shortly after the swim, a pack of strong cyclists including Sanders, Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Cameron Wurf (AUS) broke away from the group. Wurf would sail into T2, shattering the 2006 bike course record held by Normann Stadler (4:18:23) with a 4:12:54 split. Sanders and Kienle also smashed the record with 4:14:19 and 4:14:57 split times, respectively. On the run, Sanders took a quick lead as Kienle fell into second. Meanwhile, Lange moved from 11th place to a steady third-place position by the half-marathon marker. Lange then made a decisive pass at mile 23 on the run, as he moved ahead of Sanders to take a hold of the lead, finishing strong in first place. With a 2:39:59 run split, he was only 14 seconds away from breaking the run course record he set last year (2:39:45).
Sanders hung on for second place, ultimately concluding his race with a time of 8:04:07. David McNamee (GBR), Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) rounded out the top five.
McNamee had the second fastest run split of the race with 2:45:30, helping him clinch a third-place podium finish by more than two minutes ahead of Kienle.
Defending champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno dug deep after back spasms slowed him first to a complete stop and then run/walk pace, mustering enough strength to finish the race.
Lucy Charles (GBR) led the professional women out of the water with a 48:48 split, missing the course record by only five seconds. After a speedy transition, Charles took the lead on the bike and had an approximately a five-and-a-half-minute lead over defending champ Daniela Ryf (CHE), Sarah Crowley (AUS) and Annabel Luxford (AUS). This pace remained consistent down the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway until Ryf attacked, making up over five minutes over the final 25 miles of the bike, which positioned her at the front of the pack. Ryf then greatly extended her lead on the run, with Charles, Crowley and Heather Jackson (USA), fighting for the remaining podium positions.
Ryf took first at 8:50:47, almost exactly four minutes off of her own 2016 course record time of 8:46:46. Calling on her epic running abilities, the Swiss star claimed her third successive IRONMAN World Championship victory.
Charles, a Kona rookie, maintained her second-place position throughout most of the run and ultimately to the finish. Crowley rounded out the top three in her second-ever appearance at the IRONMAN World Championship, finishing her race exactly two minutes behind Charles. Jackson and Kaisa Sali (FIN) rounded out the top five women.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Run Images from Kona 2017
It’s never an easy day out when racing any Ironman race let alone the World Championship. Then add in some hot and humid weather and you really have a very tough set of conditions.
Here are some of the amazing images that were captured during today’s race.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Bike Images from Kona 2017
With the backdrop of the most infamous course in the world, the Ironman World Championship bike course never misses by the providing the most amazing landscapes for the bike course. This year was nothing short of spectacular.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Beats Sanders by a Hair for the Win & New Record
The results are in. The 2015 and 2016 winner of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, Jan Frodeno, suffered an injury early in the run today. This is when the world turned its eyes to Lionel Sanders of Canada, who led most of the race. That is, until the final few kilometres, when Germany’s Patrick Lange took the lead, setting a new world record of 8:01:39.
Lange came in 3rd place in the 2016 championship, following Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle, both from Germany.
As of this writing, 2015 and 2016 women’s winner Daniela Ryf is leading the women with 14km to go with Britain’s Lucy Charles behind her. This is Charles’ first Kona championship as a professional.
Sanders came in 14th and 29th place in the 2015 and 2016 races, respectively. Today was his first time making the top 10 in Kona. Earlier this year, Sanders announced that he would not compete in Kona. Later, he had a change of heart.
2017 has been a good year for Sanders. He competed in August’s International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship, and a few Ironman 70.3’s. He won every race except the St. George 70.3, where he came in 2nd place.
Trizone predicted that Sanders would do well this year. After losing Kona in 2016, he decided to take this year’s championship very seriously. Sanders has been the wild card of the race.
Congratulations to Lange and Ryf, and to Sanders for his unexpected near-win.
Ironman World Championship: Are We Stuck with Jan Frodeno & Daniela Ryf in Hawaii Again?
It’s time again for another Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The triathletes have already arrived on the Big Island, and sports news sites are speculating about who’s going to interrupt the winning streaks of Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf.
Frodeno & Ryf Are Each Going for their 3rd Consecutive Kona Win
Both Frodeno and Ryf were the winners of the 2015 and 2016 races. Frodeno pulled ahead of Germany’s Sebastian Kienle by 3:32 in 2016 and Andreas Raelert, also from Germany, by 3:03 in 2015. In the 2016 women’s race, Ryf led Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae by 23:44. She beat Britain’s Rachel Joyce by 13:02 in 2015.
Most of Ryf’s Rivals Dropped Out
Many of Ryf’s past competitors are not competing this year. Carfrae has a newborn baby. Canada’s Heather Wurtele, who opted out of this race, came in 3rd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, leaving Ryf in 4th. The winner of that race was Holly Lawrence of Britain, who is also not competing this year.
Ryf’s Competition Could Still Be Fierce
The three rivals for Ryf to look out for are Heather Jackson of the USA, Rachel Joyce of Britain, and Melissa Hauschildt of Australia. Hauschildt made 2nd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and Ryf finished behind her by 3:00 to land 4th Place.
In the 2013 70.3, Jackson won 2nd place, losing to Hauschildt by 5:12. Ryf came in 6th, finishing 3:27 behind Jackson.
Who Should Frodeno Be Afraid Of?
The conversation around Jan Frodeno centres around two other German guys, Sebastian Kienle and Patrick Lange. Kienle won the 2014 Hawaii championship. Frodeno settled for 3rd place and followed behind Kienle with 8:20:32 vs 8:14:18. USA’s Ben Hoffman came in 2nd place.
These are the guys Frodeno has to worry about most.
Frodeno’s Possible Wild Card Nemesis
Another contender who could give Frodeno a run for his money is Lionel Sanders of Canada. He won 11 out of 11 races in 2013 and has won a lot of them since. Sanders, who almost skipped this year in favour of the 70.3 World Championship, missed the top 10 in Kona for the past two years in a row. He said he did not take the championship seriously in 2016, and he vows to do better this year.
Sanders is known for rapid improvement and the ability to surprise people with wins in the races he truly sets his mind to winning. He’s also known for performing below expectations now and then. Rest assured, he’s serious about Kona this time. He would not have signed up otherwise.
This May Not Be Totally Boring After All
Well, this is the data. We can leave it up to the reader to decide who will win Hawaii’s Ironman.
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