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Scott Llewellyn on his win in Devonport in the ITU Junior Oceania Cup Race

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By Scott Llewellyn

If you told me on Thursday that the Devonport triathlon was going to be turned into a duathlon and changed from a world championship selection race to what seemed to be just a friendly hit out before Geelong, I would have been upset to say the least. On Friday this was the news I received as we touched down in Devonport Tasmania. There seemed to be a lot of confusion about the race the night before, I was having dinner with friend and competitor Jack Hickey and in a space of one hour we must have had 6 phone calls with people saying the event is a selection race and then others saying it was not, in the end I think we just decided it doesn’t really matter we are here now so we will just race the best we can.

Race day

We got to the race about one and a half hours before the start, we had a good warm up and the team was ready to go. The race distance was 5k/20k/2.5k and with a few runners being able to run a sub 15 minute 5k the pace should be on from the start. The race started off very fast but soon died off to a steady to almost aerobic pace as no one really wanted to push the pace in the strong winds, I saw this as a chance to see how everyone was feeling so I increased the speed a little bit and had a small gap, this gave me confidence that I was feeling the best in the run.

Devonport_ITU_Junior_Oceania_Cup_Winners_369As the run finished I was 1st into transition but only by about 3 seconds with 12 people within 5 seconds of each other. I jumped straight onto the bike and sprinted for a good 400m at this time we turn into a street with a 300m steep climb. When I looked back there were 3 people, Jack Hickey, Braden Ludlow and a Tasmanian local. We attacked the hill and got a lead on the group of 10 which I believe was the major factor in the race. We were hooking around the 5km laps, dropping the Tasmanian it was NSW domination. 1st lap we put 40 seconds into the pack, then we had 1 min 20 then 1 min 50 and it got up to 2 mins before a short 2.5 km run off this hard bike ride. Hickey attacked the last hill having a nice 30 second lead on Ludlow and myself, and by this time the race for medals was between the three NSW boys. I set off with cramps in the calves (everybody had the same!) and knew I had a fair bit to make up. I was continually reminding myself of little things my coach Peter Mauro would be saying, I caught jack with 1.25 km to go and we ran together for 400m before I pulled away. I won the race which made it 2 wins from 2 races in the Australian junior series. This gave me a lot of belief I can now win Geelong and gain a world championship selection as I still see the swim as my best discipline.

Winning the Race was amazing but to have your two best friends on the podium next to you wearing the triathlon NSW trisuit, that’s something I will never forget. It was a race where three boys put an individual win aside and focus on getting a big lead on the bike so the team could succeed. There were a lot of celebrations that night, just ask Mick Ludlow.

Scott Llewellyn

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Female –  – ITU Juniors 





Name Div Run 1 Cycle Run 2 Time Place
Natalie Van Coevorden Open 18:29 34:28 9:12 1:02:09 1
Tamsyn Moana-Veale Open 18:25 34:21 9:30 1:02:16 2
Mikayla Nielsen Open 18:27 34:25 9:40 1:02:32 3
Paige Single Open 18:24 34:25 10:00 1:02:49 4
Georgie Connor Open 19:28 37:24 10:44 1:07:36 5
Nicole Mitchell Open 19:32 39:14 9:57 1:08:43 6
Laura Wood Open 19:48 39:29 10:53 1:10:10 7
Jessie Fleming Open 20:22 38:20 12:09 1:10:51 8
Deborah Lynch Open 20:19 41:26 10:31 1:12:16 9
Male –  – ITU Juniors 





Name Div Run 1 Cycle Run 2
Place
Scott Llewellyn Open 16:21 32:15 8:05 56:41 1
Jack Hickey Open 16:25 31:49 8:48 57:02 2
Braden Ludlow Open 16:24 32:16 8:54 57:34 3
Dylan Evans Open 16:22 34:16 8:08 58:46 4
Brayden Tucker Open 16:28 34:04 8:22 58:54 5
Marcel Walkington Open 16:26 34:11 8:22 58:59 6
James Chronis Open 16:38 33:51 8:40 59:09 7
Luke Farrell Open 16:31 34:09 8:40 59:20 8
Shane Farrant Open 16:41 33:56 8:57 59:34 9
Adam Rudgley Open 16:59 33:37 9:11 59:47 10
Sascha Bondarenko-Edwards Open 17:02 33:34 9:29 1:00:05 11
Lachlan Davey Open 16:47 33:50 9:44 1:00:21 12
Jacob Birtwhistle Open 16:28 35:26 8:49 1:00:43 13
Cameron Todd Open 17:37 32:55 10:22 1:00:54 14
Joshua Kenyon Open 17:38 33:22 10:05 1:01:05 15
Benjamin Huggett Open 17:26 35:08 8:38 1:01:12 16
Samuel Volkers Open 17:34 33:03 11:20 1:01:57 17
Nathan Buschkuehl Open 17:31 35:01 9:32 1:02:04 18
Ben Anderson Open 17:48 34:30 10:16 1:02:34 19
Mitch Lewis Open 17:42 34:53 10:21 1:02:56 20
Wade Zervaas Open 17:21 36:00 10:15 1:03:36 21
Dylan Holdsworth Open 16:53 36:32 10:25 1:03:50 22
Nick Brown Open 17:33 35:03 11:15 1:03:51 23
Female –  – Elite & U23 





Name Div Run 1 Cycle Run 2
Place
Ashleigh Gentle Open 17:23 28:11 9:03 54:37 1
Barbara Riveros Diaz Open 18:12 28:38 8:43 55:33 2
Lauren Campbell Open 18:16 28:37 8:59 55:52 3
Ellie Salthouse Open 18:12 28:41 9:06 55:59 4
Amy Roberts Open 18:29 28:02 10:38 57:09 5
Lisa Marangon Open 19:27 27:20 11:08 57:55 6
Simone Ackermann Open 18:33 31:16 9:59 59:48 7
Male –  – Elite & U23 





Name Div Run 1 Cycle Run 2
Place
Cameron Good Open 15:49 32:32 7:49 56:10 1
Ryan Fisher Open 15:58 32:19 8:18 56:35 2
Drew Box Open 15:54 32:30 8:18 56:42 3
Jesse Featonby Open 15:57 32:28 8:29 56:54 4
Nick Kastelein Open 15:58 33:16 7:51 57:05 5
Nicholas Hull Open 16:15 32:45 8:09 57:09 6
Ron Darmon Open 15:56 33:20 7:57 57:13 7
Matt Brown Open 16:01 33:01 8:22 57:24 8
Jamie Huggett Open 15:57 33:09 8:33 57:39 9
Michael Gosman Open 15:59 33:19 8:26 57:44 10
Andreas Giglmayr Open 16:14 33:44 7:55 57:53 11
Bryce McMaster Open 15:59 33:18 8:38 57:55 12
Peter Kerr Open 15:53 33:25 8:42 58:00 13
Aaron Royle Open 15:58 33:22 8:44 58:04 14
David Matthews Open 51:36:00 8:05 59:41 15
Tim George Open 16:15 34:59 9:13 1:00:27 16
Mike Lori Open 16:06 36:16 8:27 1:00:49 17
Joshua Maeder Open 17:17 35:06 9:28 1:01:51 18
Josh McHugh Open 16:51 35:35 9:25 1:01:51 19
Female –  – Age Groups 





Name Div Run 1 Cycle Run 2
Place
Amelia Pearson 25-29 13:19 1:10:40 44:01:00 2:08:00 1
Holly Ranson 20-24 13:05 1:17:48 43:48:00 2:14:41 1
Carla Doyle 20-24 13:42 1:20:29 45:53:00 2:20:04 2
Melissa Clark 20-24 14:33 1:15:08 51:46:00 2:21:27 3
Steph Auston 20-24 13:08 1:22:35 46:04:00 2:21:47 4
Susan Dowling 35-39 15:09 1:18:03 50:08:00 2:23:20 1
Karen BROWN 30-34 15:09 1:18:24 50:07:00 2:23:40 1
ANNE GARTON 35-39 16:32 1:17:24 53:05:00 2:27:01 2
Rebecca Barnard 25-29 14:10 1:23:32 50:37:00 2:28:19 2
Andrena Moore 55-59 16:57 1:20:58 58:50:00 2:36:45 1
Jayde Richardson 16-19 14:48 1:26:19 1:00:39 2:41:46 1
Maryanne Davis 55-59 20:36 1:36:56 1:11:38 3:09:10 2
Male –  – Age Groups 





Name Div Run 1 Cycle Run 2
Place
HAYDEN ARMSTRONG 30-34 11:23 59:08 37:19:00 1:47:50 1
Robert Skillman 25-29 11:24 59:47 38:36:00 1:49:47 1
James Hodge 16-19 11:25 1:01:33 40:43:00 1:53:41 1
Josh Cox 30-34 11:23 1:05:19 37:59:00 1:54:41 2
Michael Anderson 45-49 11:24 1:04:45 38:54:00 1:55:03 1
Craig Doherty 35-39 12:08 1:04:27 40:21:00 1:56:56 1
Jamie Wallis 25-29 12:24 1:04:10 41:38:00 1:58:12 2
Casey Mainsbridge 30-34 12:08 1:04:38 41:40:00 1:58:26 3
Edward Dawson 16-19 11:47 1:07:43 39:31:00 1:59:01 2
Philip Murrell 45-49 12:33 1:05:59 40:46:00 1:59:18 2
Shad Hearn 35-39 11:56 1:06:59 41:35:00 2:00:30 2
Paul Ranson 45-49 12:08 1:08:35 40:04:00 2:00:47 3
Greg Walker 35-39 13:22 1:05:41 43:53:00 2:02:56 3
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Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.

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Noosa: Jake Montgomery Finally Makes His Debut

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Celebrating its 35th birthday the Noosa Triathlon will be in party mode, but the very courageous Gold Coast based professional Jake Montgomery will be the one with the biggest smile, as he finally celebrates his long-awaited debut in Australia’s greatest triathlon.

“I planned on doing Noosa for the past four years, but unfortunately I have never made it to the start line,” Jake said with a casual comment that masks several horror years of extreme courage, immense pain, hardship and the rebuilding of both body and mind.

A handy runner and swimmer at school it was his first swim coach, Mick Maroney that convinced him to have a crack at triathlon. With year 12 behind him, young Jake headed over to Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain with Jamie Turner’s squad to learn about the draft legal world of ITU Continental Cup, before eventually finding long course racing. With the help of Aussie IRONMAN legend Craig Alexander, in 2015 Jake threw himself in the deep end and headed to Boulder to continue his triathlon education on the US circuit.

“I spent three months in the US. I did a lot of training with Crowie, and he taught me the ins and outs of 70.3. He knows every aspect of it, and I was surprised how much he taught me and all the tips and tricks he gave me.”

A fifth at IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, second in 70.3 Mandurah and Western Sydney proved that the hard work was paying off, but it was IRONMAN 70.3 in Geelong where Jake finally got the result he was looking really.

“I was getting closer, and I was pretty determined to break through, and that is when I raced Geelong in February 2016 and had my first win at the National Championship. With the win at Geelong being at the National titles a lot of the sponsors came onboard, and it got pretty full on.”

Only Slowing Jake Down

Two weeks later Jake’s world was flipped upside down when he was hit by a garbage truck only 500m from home while riding back from the pool. His bike and right foot went underneath the rear wheels, and he ruptured two ligaments in his right ankle. With the pain, Jake thought he had broken his shin and that it was snapped in half and remembers picking up his leg to see if it was still straight.

Four weeks in a hospital, two weeks in a boot and Jake was given the okay to start back again…slowly. Following the doctor’s orders to the letter by May 2016, he was again headed Stateside and trying to make up lost ground in his quest to race the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships on the Sunshine Coast. Returning to Australia Jake was in the form of his life, but in a cruel twist of fate, only 16 hours before the event his world was again thrown into chaos.

“I was doing the final spin to see that the bike was ready to race in the morning. I remember every minute of the morning, lunch and getting the bike ready and then rolling out over Alexandra Headland and that is about it. I remember the first minutes of the ride, and then I got hit by the car and things flipped upside down. I have a month missing after that. It wasn’t until weeks later that I looked at my Garmin to see that the incident happened about 20 minutes into the ride. When I went from 40kmh to zero km/h.”

“I don’t have any recollection of hospital time, and when I got back home, I was just sitting in the lounge. It was all I was doing through the day. I had a fractured sternum and shoulder and several muscle tears through the neck and shoulders, and there was also brain bleeding and swelling in three different spots. The fractures are a six-week heal, but the Neurologist said he didn’t think I would be running again. He said we would give it four months, and you can try if you are desperate, but he wasn’t recommending that I try again. That wasn’t exactly what I wanted to hear, and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else at that stage of my life, so I was going to try my hardest to get back to running or at least give it a go.”

“I was seeing speech therapists and occupational therapists and all the doctors. In the first session with the speech therapist, she came in, and she was quite shocked. She said, ‘Oh, you can talk.’ My speech wasn’t great, and my sentences were really jumbled and stop-start for the first couple of months. She said from what I have read happened to your brain, on paper, you shouldn’t be able to talk. So that was pretty scary to hear that I got that lucky.”

“I went through some pretty dark spots early on, where going to the kitchen was the most I could do all day. Going from 25 hours of training a week to zero was a bit of a shock and knowing that running might never happen again, I was pretty depressed at that stage and had pretty bad thoughts. I was lucky that I had my parents by my side the whole time, looking after me and helping me through it all. Without them, things would have been a lot different.”

For eight weeks Jake did nothing but then he embarked on another program to rebuild his body and confidence in the hope that he would one day get back to competing in the sport that he loved. Initially, it was the hydro pool to rebuild his strength, then a five-minute walk became a two and a half hour walk and eventually he was on a stationary trainer building up week by week. Four months after the incident his training miraculously started in earnest when he was able to run, ride and swim properly again.

Back racing in Geelong

IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong in February 2017 was his comeback race, and a fifth place in a strong field was the boost he needed. Similar results at IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder and Santa Cruz have helped rebuild his confidence and reboot his career and now Jake is determined to use the Noosa Triathlon as final hit out before IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney Asia Pacific Championships in November.

“After Santa Cruz, I made it to Vegas for a sponsorship commitment for Cervelo then took two weeks recovery and let the body reset. As soon as I got home, I got back into training and now have my eyes set on Noosa. I am looking forward to the draft free bike. Racing for half the time as a 70.3 I will be able to push 100 percent and see how long the body can last for. It will be a bit of fun.”

“Noosa is probably the most stacked race in Australia and the organisers put up a good prizemoney, so it encourages all the professionals in Australia to toe the line and have a crack. It is only a two and half hour drive for me so that is just nice and no plane flight required which is a bonus. Noosa will be a nice hit out and the perfect opportunity to use a bit of speed and see how the body comes down from the altitude.”

“I have spoken to plenty of people who have done it before and they love the race and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. I have heard that it is crazy busy but pretty good at the same time. So, I am looking forward to getting up there and getting amongst it,” he said with anticipation.

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Noosa Triathlon: The Big Guns Will Be In Town To Celebrate

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The 35th Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with the who’s who of Australian sport and some of the nation’s most recognisable faces heading to the Sunshine Coast to join in the birthday celebrations.

The five-day festival (1-5 November) features an ocean swim, a fun run, the Charity Golf Day and elite cycling and running events and culminates on Sunday 5 November with the Noosa Triathlon hosting more than 8,500 competitors, making it the world’s largest standard distance triathlon.

Headlining the Noosa Triathlon are key athletes from Australia’s Commonwealth Games triathlon team for 2018, Ashleigh Gentle and Jake Birtwhistle, defending champion Dan Wilson, plus Commonwealth Games hopefuls Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie, Gillian Backhouse and Luke Willian.

The long-distance world is also well represented with Sarah Crowley fresh from her podium at the IRONMAN World Championships, IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champion Josh Amberger, Jake Montgomery making his long-awaited Noosa debut, Liz Blatchford in her first race back as a new mum and two time World Duathlon Champion Felicity Sheedy-Ryan mixing it up with a swim.

Defending champ Ashleigh Gentle is shooting for Noosa title #5, and Dan Wilson is hoping to go back to back this year, but they are fully aware of the strength of the field assembled for the 35th anniversary year.

Four-time champ, Ashleigh Gentle has developed a real affinity with the Noosa over many years, and she can’t wait to get back this year.

“I’ve raced six times, and been up a couple more on top of that to watch and be part of the festival. I love the atmosphere. I love Queensland, and it is very special to come back to the race each year after spending so much time abroad. I love seeing familiar faces and being surrounded by so many other people who love triathlon. Noosa has always been really important to me. It’s the one I look forward to the most. I obviously want to do well, but there is a lot less pressure than the intensity of World Series races.”

“I would love to defend my title. I’m sure as always it will be a competitive field, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and going hard. Noosa Triathlon has been a big part of my career, and I am thrilled I can be a part of this milestone, although it only feels like yesterday we were celebrating the 30th year of Noosa,” she recalled.

Dan Wilson is a Noosa veteran, and he is hoping he can revisit the form that saw him dominate in 2016 and go out on a high note.

“I think this is around my 10th Noosa. I first came here in 2003 as a little junior. I’ve missed a few through injuries along the way, but always come back when I’m able. It is a bastion of Australia triathlon, and it is a ripping location, it is one of the ‘funnest’ races on tour. What more could you need?”

“I would obviously love to repeat last year’s result, but it also looks like it will probably be the best field we’ve ever seen at Noosa, so it’s going to be a tough ask. Noosa is always a special race, it is usually at or near the end of the season, so everyone is looking to finish the season strong at a fun race.”

“This year, Noosa will be even more special, I’m hanging up the suit at the end of this year, so it’ll be the last chance to go round at Noosa, and one of my last races ever, so I’m looking forward to really savouring the weekend,” Wilson said.

Aussie Olympian and two time Noosa champ Aaron Royle is pumped up and glad to back in Noosa looking attempting to keep his perfect Noosa record intact.

“I’ve raced Noosa twice and had two good wins there, which has been fantastic for myself in my career. I guess because of that, and the expectation to go there and win is greater with each year. I want to win again to make it three from three races, but that is always easier said than done. I’m sure there will be a handful of others saying that they also want to win.”

“I knew of the Noosa triathlon before I knew what triathlon really was, and certainly before I followed the sport. I think it was Channel 7 showing it back in the day and I remember thinking this looks pretty cool (before I even contemplated doing one myself).”

“For me, Noosa always signifies the end of my racing season, but with a race of this significances, I’ve never struggled to find motivation for this race. It’s the biggest domestic race on the calendar with so many legendary winners that have gone before, so it is easy to see why so many top-level athletes turn up each year,” Aaron said.

IRONMAN 70.3 specialist Jake Montgomery might be a Noosa debutante this year, but he is well aware of Noosa’s legendary status.

“I’ve been meaning to race Noosa for a few year’s now but have never been able to toe the line. I went there once a few years back for surfing but have never experienced the triathlon weekend.”

“Noosa is definitely the pinnacle race in Australia and one that everyone loves to put on their calendar. Not necessarily just the race but the whole weekend of event and atmosphere make it a must for many. Having not raced anything shorter than a 70.3 for the past three years it will be interesting to see how my body handles the faster racing and pushing myself over the shorter distance. I am mostly looking forward to the swim, any race with a beach start and ocean swim is a must for me.”

“Nearing the end of a hard year it will be a good hit out to finish off. While it’s still a competitive race, it will also be a lot of fun catching up with friends, sponsors and watching the other events before the triathlon. Being one of Australia’s oldest triathlons, it is now also the biggest in the country with sold out entries and days of multisport events. It attracts some of the best athletes in the world and organisers of the event have the weekend dialled in,” Jake said.

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Ironman World Championship: Europeans Dominate and Records Fall

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Daniela Ryf of Switzerland celebrates after winning the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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.

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Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Smashes Course Record and Daniela Ryf Earns Third Straight Win

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Daniela Ryf of Switzerland celebrates after winning the IRONMAN World Championship. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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.

Patrick Lange of Germany putting the hurt on as he runs to victory and a new course record during the IRONMAN World Championship. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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.

Lucy Charles of Great Britain cools down during the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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.

 

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Ironman World Championship: The Best Run Images from Kona 2017

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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.

Lucy Charles trying to remain as cool as possible during the run leg. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Lionel Sanders of Canada runs through an aid station and takes on extra fluids and also trying to cool himself. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Patrick Lange of Germany celebrates before crossing the finish line to win the IRONMAN World Championship and setting a course record of 8:01.39 beating Craig Alexander’s 2011 record of 8:03.56. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Age group athletes out on the run course. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

John Joseph McGowan of the United States showing us his guns and ink work. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Unfortunately Jan Frodeno of Germany wasn’t able to really defend his title today due to an injury. He eventually finishes 35th. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

The sun sets on Kailua Kona, Hawaii and competitors continue their journey for their personal success. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Daniela Ryf nearly the final few kilometres during the Ironman World Championship 2017, (Photo: Jesper Gronnemark/Red Bull Content Pool)

Kaisa Sali of Finland celebrates in the finish chute after finishing fifth during the IRONMAN World Championship. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Patrick Lange of Germany putting the hurt on as he runs to victory and a new course record during the IRONMAN World Championship. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Runners compete as the sun sets in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Lucy Charles of Great Britain runs through the barren landscape and eventually to coming 2nd. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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Ironman World Championship: The Best Bike Images from Kona 2017

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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.

Igor Amorelli of Brazil on the bike during the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Martin Fredriksson of Sweden leads a pack on the bike during the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Michael Weiss of Austria feeling the hurt during the bike leg. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Jocelyn Mccauley of the United States competes on the bike during the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

A cyclist leaves the transition area with her bike during the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

KAILUA KONA, HI – OCTOBER 14: A cyclist competes during the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Lucy Charles of Great Britain showed how strong her bike leg was during today’s Ironman World Championship. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Thomas Gentry McGrath of the United States cools down with water during today’s World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Michelle Alexander from Denver holds up an ‘IRONMAN are sexy’ sign as athletes cycle past. She certainly brought some smiles. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Cameron Wurf of Australia cycles ahead of Lionel Sanders of Canada during the bike leg of today’s IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Cameron would go on to set a new bike course record. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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