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Michael Fox and Lisa Marangon win race 3 of the Sydney Sprint Series

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Sydney Sprint Series, Kurnell – Race 3 2010/2011 – By Karl Hayes

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Michael Fox pulled one back on Sam Douglas when he won race 3 of the 2010/2011 Sydney Sprint Series. A month ago in Nowra Sam rode away from Michael in the triseries Olympic distance race put on by Elite Energy. Both guys ran a fairly similar, but tough, 10km in Nowra. On Sunday, Fox ran away from Sam and really

Michael Fox Triathlete

stamped his authority on the race. Brady cramped on the run while in third place. Ben Hammond was chasing and when he saw Matt Brady had pulled up he stopped to offer assistance… ummm no he didn’t. He smiled and ran in to third place in the age group and took the bronze medal. Matt had put in one of the fastest swims and bikes before he succumbed to cramps on the run.  He posted 10:33 for the swim and 28:40 on the bike.

In the women’s race Lisa Marangon was dominant from start to finish. Siobhan McCarthy suffered a bit from the heat the previous day and struggled. Siobhan put in a solid fourth behind Natalie Van Coevorden and Laura Siddall. Natalie raced incredibly well with a blistering run almost a minute and a half faster than Lisa but lost too much on the bike. Laura is racing very strong right now.

Lisa Marangon Triathlete

Lisa Marangon is focusing on the shorter triathlons in 2011 as she works towards the possibility of London 2012. This is a big step up but if anyone has the determination and ability it is Lisa. Lisa has said she will be racing the club distance at Callala Beach this weekend. She has won a few rounds of the 2010/2011 triseries. This weekend she has two or three tough competitors. To see Lisa’s results from 2010 click here. In 2010 Lisa won Busselton half ironman, was 3rd at Lake Placid ironman in the USA, 4th at Nepean and 2nd at the Canberra half ironman in December.

The top ten swim, bike and run times are below plus the top three in each age group and everyone’s results in one table. Natalie Van Coevorden was the only female to get a top ten spot in any of the legs.

Travis Shields won the first round just as he was peaking for IMWA and had a great race again in round 3 with an 8th overall and an age group 2nd place behind the talented Chris Dmitrieff. Chris is normally known for his long distance racing with some very good finishes over the years in long distance triathlons. Chris placed 8th in Ironman WA in 2008 with a time of 8:28 and a 3rd overall in the Port Macquarie half ironman in 2009 in 4:05.

Euan McNair pulled a heartilidge after doing some serious travelling to the northern hemisphere and decided not to race at the last minute after felling a ‘bit tired’. Euan has been training under Mark Newton of Herts and Jet Cycles fame. He has become very competitive in the last year for someone over 30 and working a serious job. Mark also trains Sam Douglas and first time winner last weekend Belinda Dent in the 35-39 age group.

Mick Maroney once again showed us what a great athlete he is. Another fast ‘old’ bloke is Scott Milson. For someone from Scotland he can swim fairly well and his run and bike are fast. Scott is training like a pro these days and has some good goals this year.

I didn’t race in round 2 but I have to say I was impressed with what the organisers put on for round 3. It was great to see a very accurate 5km run (although I was getting very close to going under 18mins on the old run course) and the swim was certainly more accurate than the first two rounds. Once the organisers get the bike course sorted this series has the potential to step up.

Open Category?

One thing missing (this was glaringly obvious) was an open age group. The fast guys and girls really struggled racing amongst us mere mortals. Having to cycle slowly through a no passing zone, swim around and over slower age groupers and then run on a packed course for full three laps is not what these elite guys and girls should be doing. If this race is going to be Sydney’s main triathlon series it would be good to see the fast crowd have the freedom to race hard. For them to step up to the next level they need to have the opportunities to really push themselves.

As a 40-44 age grouper who came 4th in this round I also think Mick Maroney should race in the open age group. It is only fair. Just kidding of course Mick although you did whinge a bit about the no passing lane and slow swimmers in front of you so the next race could be your opportunity if there is an open category. And after your ‘Sorry I am a superior athlete’ comment to your wonderfully talented charge I think you should race open.

There were two disqualifications in the race. Both were fast athletes. I know one of them who has been around for a while will have been not very happy. TriNSW’s Stephen Tudjman had to talk to us after the race about the no passing zone. Whilst it is a huge pain to pull up behind a slow cyclist and not be able to pass for 100m or so the rules were clear. I would be surprised if a car passed a cyclist in that area and there is definitely enough space to pass another cyclist safely. But rules are rules and we knew them before the race started. It is easy to forget though.

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Top 10 Swim Times
Michael FOX 0:10:18
Sam DOUGLAS 0:10:27
Matt BRADY 0:10:33
Robert HURLEY 0:10:34
Rob SKILLMAN 0:10:38
Ben HAMMOND 0:11:03
Matthew HOOD 0:11:10
Mick MARONEY 0:11:10
Samuel DALLY 0:11:13
Liam RAPLEY 0:11:23
Top 10 Bike Times
Michael FOX 0:28:37
Matt BRADY 0:28:40
Sam DOUGLAS 0:28:41
Robert HURLEY 0:28:42
Mick MARONEY 0:28:48
Travis SHIELDS 0:28:59
Chris DMITRIEFF 0:29:04
Ben HAMMOND 0:29:11
Andrew MCFARLANE 0:29:18
Scott MILSON 0:29:28
Top 10 Run Times
Andrew MCFARLANE 0:16:40
Michael FOX 0:16:45
Chris DMITRIEFF 0:16:55
Andrew CROSS 0:17:10
Ben HAMMOND 0:17:14
Robert HURLEY 0:17:22
Jarrad ADAMS 0:17:25
Sam DOUGLAS 0:17:30
Liam RAPLEY 0:17:36
Natalie VAN COEVORDEN 0:17:36

 

Pos Name Finish time Cat Cat Pos Swim Cycle Run
106 Emma DAVIDSON 1:09:52 F 14-17 1 0:12:08 0:35:01 0:22:44
162 Isabella KHOUDAIR 1:13:20 F 14-17 2 0:12:18 0:37:25 0:23:38
345 Brianna POLSON 1:24:44 F 14-17 3 0:14:12 0:45:13 0:25:19
21 Natalie VAN COEVORDEN 1:02:05 F 18-24 1 0:11:34 0:32:55 0:17:36
38 Siobhan MCCARTHY 1:04:59 F 18-24 2 0:11:59 0:33:22 0:19:38
235 Rebecca CAMPBELL 1:17:06 F 18-24 3 0:15:55 0:36:04 0:25:07
366 Cushla MCFADDEN 1:27:22 F 18-24 4 0:16:22 0:44:59 0:26:02
391 Jenn PEKAR 1:29:57 F 18-24 5 0:16:16 0:43:29 0:30:12
399 Vikki LOVERIDGE 1:32:08 F 18-24 6 0:14:39 0:46:41 0:30:49
76 Kimberley RUSSELL 1:08:15 F 25-29 1 0:12:06 0:33:31 0:22:38
85 Clara BROWN 1:08:52 F 25-29 2 0:13:58 0:34:52 0:20:03
97 Kate GALLOP 1:09:32 F 25-29 3 0:12:12 0:34:51 0:22:30
101 Sian ELLISON 1:09:47 F 25-29 4 0:14:51 0:34:30 0:20:26
127 Natalie SILVESTRO 1:11:11 F 25-29 5 0:14:08 0:37:07 0:19:57
147 Sara WOODS 1:12:24 F 25-29 6 0:14:35 0:35:55 0:21:54
153 Lauren ATLEE 1:13:00 F 25-29 7 0:14:20 0:35:58 0:22:43
190 Gemma HOUGHTON 1:14:41 F 25-29 8 0:14:23 0:35:01 0:25:17
230 Anne GUETHOFF 1:16:54 F 25-29 9 0:16:26 0:36:36 0:23:52
254 Nadja KUNDRUS-LITTLE 1:18:34 F 25-29 10 0:16:18 0:37:41 0:24:35
261 Jill BOYLE 1:19:17 F 25-29 11 0:15:13 0:38:49 0:25:16
282 Sam PLAYFAIR 1:20:15 F 25-29 12 0:18:17 0:37:56 0:24:03
295 Bree CORBETT 1:21:13 F 25-29 13 0:14:30 0:41:56 0:24:47
297 Kate CONNOR 1:21:21 F 25-29 14 0:16:27 0:41:03 0:23:52
327 Amy BENNETT 1:23:30 F 25-29 15 0:14:15 0:45:54 0:23:21
335 Pavla VYSTRCILOVA 1:23:58 F 25-29 16 0:14:43 0:41:46 0:27:30
372 Michelle CASSIDY 1:27:45 F 25-29 17 0:16:25 0:41:31 0:29:50
386 Naomi MCFADDEN 1:29:14 F 25-29 18 0:14:52 0:46:29 0:27:53
403 Karen JEFFERY 1:32:52 F 25-29 19 0:18:14 0:43:06 0:31:34
410 Louise WILLDRIDGE 1:34:02 F 25-29 20 0:13:56 0:50:35 0:29:31
418 Kirstie BERTRAM 1:35:52 F 25-29 21 0:16:05 0:45:12 0:34:36
445 Angela DOBBIN 1:57:46 F 25-29 22 0:15:54 1:12:36 0:29:16
16 Lisa MARANGON 1:01:31 F 30-34 1 0:11:32 0:31:03 0:18:57
31 Laura SIDDALL 1:03:49 F 30-34 2 0:12:33 0:31:19 0:19:58
42 Monica DALIDOWICZ 1:05:17 F 30-34 3 0:12:31 0:33:06 0:19:39
57 Jenelle WEBSTER 1:06:33 F 30-34 4 0:12:31 0:32:49 0:21:14
66 Monica JUHART 1:07:08 F 30-34 5 0:12:38 0:34:04 0:20:27
79 Sarah DICK 1:08:20 F 30-34 6 0:12:10 0:33:20 0:22:51
112 Nicola HARRISON 1:10:14 F 30-34 7 0:15:03 0:34:01 0:21:10
113 Anna WOODROW 1:10:21 F 30-34 8 0:13:02 0:35:23 0:21:57
117 Penelope SINTON 1:10:40 F 30-34 9 0:13:48 0:35:21 0:21:32
164 Jane SHIELDS 1:13:23 F 30-34 10 0:16:02 0:35:10 0:22:11
165 Penny CSESZKO 1:13:25 F 30-34 11 0:14:33 0:34:38 0:24:15
212 Karen KNITTL 1:15:56 F 30-34 12 0:12:51 0:37:18 0:25:47
220 Rachael ARNOLD 1:16:15 F 30-34 13 0:14:26 0:37:14 0:24:36
227 Katharine CARTY 1:16:44 F 30-34 14 0:15:59 0:40:29 0:20:16
259 Immie MILLER 1:19:04 F 30-34 15 0:13:24 0:39:20 0:26:21
270 Kim MAURER 1:19:40 F 30-34 16 0:14:15 0:37:33 0:27:53
301 Amanda HIPWOOD 1:21:35 F 30-34 17 0:20:10 0:38:08 0:23:17
305 Amanda REED 1:21:49 F 30-34 18 0:16:04 0:41:53 0:23:52
330 Liza WILSON 1:23:37 F 30-34 19 0:17:59 0:41:16 0:24:23
355 Leigh O’NEILL 1:25:49 F 30-34 20 0:16:33 0:45:06 0:24:10
374 Catherine BAILEY 1:27:49 F 30-34 21 0:18:10 0:42:05

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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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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Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Beats Sanders by a Hair for the Win & New Record

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Patrick Lange of Germany celebrates afer winning the IRONMAN World Championship and setting a course record of 8:01.39. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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.

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Ironman World Championship: Are We Stuck with Jan Frodeno & Daniela Ryf in Hawaii Again?

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Daniela Ryf performs at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona Hawaii, USA on October 8, 2016

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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