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Alistair Brownlee unstoppable in San Diego at ITU World Triathlon Series return

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Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee hadn’t raced an ITU event since the London 2012 Olympic Games, but the Gold medallist showed nothing had changed when he lead from start to finish in his 13th ITU World Triathlon Series win in San Diego on Saturday in a performance that was simply breathtaking in it’s complete dominance over a quality field.

Brownlee was second out of the water, stayed in the lead pack of the bike throughout the race and then broke away on the run early on. While initially Portugal’s Joao Silva went with him, he dropped within the first lap and Brownlee kept increasing the gap, to win by an incredible 22 seconds from South Africa’s Richard Murray and Silva, in a total time of 1 hour 47 minutes and 16 seconds.

Alistair Brownlee is a class above - Credit: Delly Carr / ITU

Alistair Brownlee is a class above – Credit: Delly Carr / ITU

“I sure you think I’m lying when I said I’ve only done six weeks training, but I swear,” Brownlee said afterwards. “I hadn’t done much running until six weeks ago and then just pushed on since then, but I think it’s good having a winter free of injury and I just enjoyed that today, it felt great.”

Murray claimed his second consecutive podium in San Diego, going one better than bronze in 2012 with silver, in what was his first series race of the year. Silva’s bronze was his second consecutive series medal, after bronze in Auckland, and was enough for him to move into the overall series lead after two races.

But today was the Brownlee show, in a performance that keeps the San Diego title in teh family after brother Jonny won last year. Perhaps most frightening for the rest was that Alistair wasn’t sure how he would go today.

“It’s only this last week I have started to feel good on the run, that is why I tried to push on the bike to see if I could win it there, I honestly didn’t know what to expect, I actually started pretty slow, the first ‘k’ I tried to go pretty easy, and then push on after that.

“I was pretty nervous as well to be honest after not racing properly since last summer, I didn’t know what to expect, I was on the start line thinking it is good to be back, with all the nerves, standing on the start line thinking this is what I do. I felt pretty good, obviously Jonny wasn’t racing which makes a big difference and Javier Gomez wasn’t on form and they are the two big competition really so I had it a bit my own way I suppose. If Javier was on form it might have been a bit different. But yeah, that was fantastic I am really happy with that.

“I purposely didn’t go too fast on the first couple of ‘k’ on the run; I found myself getting through the first lap comfortable and then push on a bit. I didn’t know if I had that ability to really push on, I have seen a few people blow up on this course, Jonny did a bit last year, some of the women yesterday so I was a bit careful with that, mainly I think because it is so flat and fast. I just went out and ran at my own pace and couldn’t believe there was no one there after 1500m.

“I think Silva was still with me at the turn around and then he wasn’t and then I know Murray was about ten seconds behind me after the first lap. I knew then I was pretty good because I hadn’t gone that fast on the first lap and I really tried to push on in the second lap. I’m just pleased it is over with now, whatever the outcome was whether it was second third or fourth, it’s just nice to be back racing after last year and everything I have done this winter, so it is good.

“I think I was holding it in a bit before the race because I was a bit nervous but as soon as I actually started racing it was very much the kind of thought ‘this is where I belong’ you know,  I really genuinely enjoyed it.”

Earlier in the day the men hit the water for two laps under hot San Diego skies, and while Richard Varga leads out of the water in most events he takes part in this time it was local Santa Cruz athlete Tommy Zaferes leading the first bunch out of the 1500m swim in an incredible 16.03. Varga, Brownlee and Javier Gomez were in close attendance as the rest of the field was left strung out behind the amazing pace set by the leaders.

On the back of this great swim, a lead group of nine quickly established a lead of close to a minute on the first lap of the bike and with Brownlee helping drive the train, the pace was as quick and the chase group looked to be fighting a losing battle almost before the race had fired a shot in anger.

But with the chase being led by New Zealand’s Clark Ellice, Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Murray among others, they cut around 10 seconds per lap to get to the halfway point on the bike just a few seconds behind. While Alistair Brownlee decided to take a chance and make a solo breakaway on that lap, it didn’t last and on the fifth lap, the leaders and the chase came together.

While there was some cat and mouse games within that pack of 34, with athletes like Denis Vasiliev, Andrey Bryukhankov and Jesus Gomar trying to get a small break, the 10 second lead they had after T2 didn’t last long. Brownlee quickly reeled in Vasiliev with Silva following on his shoulder.

But around two kilometres in Silva fell back and Murray pounced. While the chasers included Gomez, Steffen Justus, Dmitry Polyankskiy, Adam Bowden and Mario Mola at the halfway point it was clear the medallists were already decided as the gap stretched to over 30 seconds.

For the final few kilometres, the race then turned to just how fast Brownlee could run and even after he slowed to high five the crowd and then walk to the finish line, he still stopped the clock at 29 minutes and 30 seconds for the run leg.

Murray was delighted with his second place, but couldn’t help but be a little in awe of the winner as he mixed metaphors post race.

“I’m absolutely through the moon, I was not sure how this was going to play out today, this was the first serious racer of the season for me. The swim was one of the roughest I have done in such a long time, the first buoy everyone was together, start of the season everyone pounded each other around the buoys, the bike was good, it was good honest work from the second bunch and Alistair just dropped us, he goes fast man!

“I think it comes a close first to Hamburg, I did well there last year and had a good one here this year as well. Running around the beach and the crowds and people just come out of their houses you know, it is something really special, I love coming back here, it is where triathlon all began. I’m glad I came to the US because there is a bit too much European racing going on.”

Silva’s third place means he is now leading heading into the event he has already won twice, Yokohama. Mario Mola’s fifth place puts him in second, while Javier Gomez sits in third in the overall 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings.

“Yes I am really happy with this third place, it has been an amazing beginning of the season, I have had a good winter of training without many injuries. Mostly I am happy to be returning home after this race because I have been out since Auckland so it will be great to go home.

“In Auckland I played a little bit defensive so this one I thought why not, see what I get and Alistair is too strong so not yet. I love Yokohama so next I will be there, I have a connection with the place so we will see what happens there.”

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Pos Athlete Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Alistair Alistair GBR 1:47:16 0:16:06 1:00:07 0:29:30
2 Richard Richard RSA 1:47:38 0:16:53 0:59:25 0:29:50
3 Joao Joao POR 1:47:52 0:16:47 0:59:32 0:30:03
4 Steffen Steffen GER 1:48:14 0:16:51 0:59:31 0:30:27
5 Mario Mario ESP 1:48:18 0:16:48 0:59:32 0:30:27
6 Adam Adam GBR 1:48:22 0:16:47 0:59:31 0:30:31
7 Dmitry Dmitry RUS 1:48:28 0:16:27 0:59:51 0:30:39
8 Javier Javier ESP 1:48:38 0:16:11 1:00:11 0:30:48
9 Sven Sven SUI 1:48:47 0:16:41 0:59:33 0:30:59
10 David David GBR 1:48:54 0:16:52 0:59:28 0:31:04
11 Fernando Fernando ESP 1:48:57 0:16:13 1:00:12 0:31:05
12 Clark Clark NZL 1:49:08 0:16:40 0:59:25 0:31:29
13 Ivan Ivan RUS 1:49:13 0:16:12 1:00:10 0:31:21
14 Matt Matt USA 1:49:23 0:16:54 0:59:27 0:31:31
15 Laurent Laurent FRA 1:49:27 0:16:44 0:59:31 0:31:37
16 Jesus Jesus ESP 1:49:30 0:16:35 0:59:18 0:32:00
17 Ivan Ivan ESP 1:49:32 0:16:52 0:59:22 0:31:47
18 Aurelien Aurelien FRA 1:49:34 0:16:09 1:00:14 0:31:45
19 Bruno Bruno BRA 1:49:35 0:16:55 0:59:26 0:31:44
20 Joe Joe USA 1:49:36 0:16:17 1:00:06 0:31:45
21 Ryan Ryan NZL 1:49:37 0:17:01 1:00:11 0:30:57
22 Simon Simon BEL 1:49:40 0:17:00 1:00:08 0:31:03
23 Leonardo Leonardo CRC 1:49:43 0:16:49 0:59:29 0:31:51
24 Mark Mark GBR 1:49:49 0:17:02 1:00:04 0:31:11
25 Hunter Hunter USA 1:49:56 0:17:07 0:59:55 0:31:17
26 Uxio Uxio ESP 1:50:02 0:16:35 0:59:39 0:32:16
27 Igor Igor RUS 1:50:29 0:16:18 0:59:53 0:32:40
28 Crisanto Crisanto MEX 1:50:33 0:17:01 1:00:02 0:31:56
29 Fabio Fabio BRA 1:50:37 0:17:06 1:00:01 0:31:56
30 Reinaldo Reinaldo BRA 1:50:49 0:17:04 0:59:59 0:32:09
31 Bryce Bryce NZL 1:50:57 0:16:35 0:59:39 0:33:05
32 Tommy Tommy USA 1:51:13 0:16:03 1:00:21 0:33:22
33 Benjamin Benjamin ITU 1:51:25 0:16:21 0:59:56 0:33:35
34 Denis Denis RUS 1:51:29 0:16:17 0:59:32 0:34:04
35 Aaron Aaron AUS 1:51:45 0:16:09 1:01:00 0:33:07
36 Andrey Andrey RUS 1:51:50 0:16:47 0:59:06 0:34:19
37 Sebastian Sebastian GER 1:51:58 0:16:52 1:00:16 0:33:20
38 Andrew Andrew CAN 1:52:47 0:16:55 1:00:14 0:34:06
39 Matthew Matthew CAN 1:53:18 0:16:24 0:59:53 0:35:27
40 Gregor Gregor GER 1:54:44 0:16:56 1:04:56 0:31:23
41 Carlos Javier Carlos Javier COL 1:55:13 0:17:06 1:00:02 0:36:31
42 Henri Henri RSA 1:56:16 0:16:09 1:00:12 0:38:24
43 Premysl Premysl CZE 1:56:23 0:16:41 1:00:24 0:37:35
44 John John USA 1:57:22 0:17:04 1:05:02 0:33:45
45 William William USA 1:58:19 0:16:56 1:05:10 0:34:43
46 Andrew Andrew CAN 1:59:51 0:16:25 1:05:35 0:36:15
DNF Bruno Bruno POR 0:00:00 0:17:24 0:00:00 0:00:00
DNF Sylwester Sylwester POL 0:00:00 0:17:03 0:00:00 0:00:00
DNF Kyle Kyle CAN 0:00:00 0:16:50 0:00:00 0:00:00
DNF Alexander Alexander RUS 0:00:00 0:16:34 0:00:00 0:00:00
DNF Jarrod Jarrod USA 0:00:00 0:16:51 0:00:00 0:00:00
DNF Tony Tony FRA 0:00:00 0:16:49 0:00:00 0:00:00
DNF Richard Richard SVK 0:00:00 0:16:08 1:00:06 0:00:00
DNF Jan Jan GER 0:00:00 0:16:43 0:59:32 0:00:00
DNF Franz Franz GER 0:00:00 0:17:39 0:00:00 0:00:00

 

 

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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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