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Emma Jackson on the podium at ITU World Triathlon Series in London

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Australia’s Emma Jackson served notice on her Commonwealth Games rivals when she produced the second fastest run of the day to grab a stirring bronze medal in the ITU World Triathlon Series event in London overnight.

It was far from the perfect race for the pint-sized Queensland Olympian after mistake riddled swim-bike legs, which saw her fall in T2 (bike transition) – her race seemingly over.

She had already produced a sub-standard swim leg, which saw her 30s off the pace and missed the lead pack of 11 going into the five-kilometre run leg of the sprint distance race (750m swim; 20km bike; 5km run) in and around London’s Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.

But the determined former ITU Under 23 world champion set off in hot pursuit of the leaders and ran down all but two competitors in what was a brilliant trial in the countdown to next month’s Games in Glasgow.

Australian-based American Gwen Jorgensen (54mins 44 secs) led home a US quinella on the day with an emotional Sarah Groff (55:12) hanging on for second ahead of Jackson (55.17), who left five Games rivals in her wake.

Emma Jackson finishes 3rd at the 2014 London round of the WTS

Emma Jackson finishes 3rd at the 2014 London round of the WTS

New Zealand pair Nicky Samuels and Andrea Hewitt were fifth and sixth respectively; Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins from Wales (seventh) with Ireland’s Aileen Reid (eighth).

Then there was Britain’s WTS rankings leader before London Jodie Stimpson, who will represent England in the Games, was 11th.

The men’s race earlier in the day saw Australia’s Glasgow-bound Wollongong-based Ryan Bailie produce a brilliant close-up seventh place finish in a frantic race won by Spain’s Mario Mola with Bailie’s Glasgow team mates Dan Wilson (24th) and Aaron Royle (30th) while Ryan Fisher came home in 28th, Cameron Good 33rd with Declan Wilson a DNF.FULL ITU MEN’S WRAP.

The former South African born Western Australian, Bailie, has now leap-frogged training partner Royle to be fifth on the WTS rankings with Royle dropping from fourth to seventh.

But the day belonged to Jackson whose trademark run leg made up for her indifferent start.

“Things certainly didn’t go according to plan that’s for sure when I ended up in the second pack on the bike,” said Jackson.

“My plan was to have a good swim and try and end up in the lead pack on the bike but it didn’t work out and then I dropped my bike and fell in T2 (bike transition) which set me back.

“I may have been able to challenge for second place but for what happened in T2.

“That’s only my fourth ever ITU podium so I am really pleased with that bronze medal finish and I can now head back to France, by-pass the next ITU race in Chicago and focus on the Commonwealth Games – that’s my main focus of the year.”

Jackson showed a lot of tenacity as she set out to run down all but two in the classy field.

Despite a 20 second gap to the leaders that was compounded with her fall n T2, (37 seconds – the equal slowest of the day) Jackson didn’t let up on her way towards a brave podium finish.

As a sprint race the 750m swim in the Serpentine played a significant role in the way the race panned out.

Led by Carolina Routier (Spain), Lucy Hall (GBR), Jorgensen, Kate Hursey (USA) and Groff all had excellent swims and launched themselves into the 11 strong lead group on the bike that also included Samuels, Alice Betto (Italy), Reid, Marie Rabie (RSA) and Rebecca Robisch (Germany).

Behind them Great Britain’s top contenders Stimpson and Jenkins were stuck in a first chase group that just couldn’t seem to make ground on the leaders across the 20km bike.

That left the head group with a 20 second lead starting the 5km run, which proved too much of a lead to give Jorgensen, the fastest woman on the ITU circuit.

As always, Jorgensen didn’t fly out of transition but worked her way into the run in the first kilometre.

But even before the first lap finished, Jorgensen had effortlessly moved into the lead by 14 seconds. From there it was a foregone conclusion with the only question just how fast she could run. The answer was a slick 16:10 run split, compared to Groff (16:39) and Jackson (16:17).

Jorgensen’s win was her fifth WTS win – equal with Australia’s Emma Moffatt and Canada’s Paula Findlay.

Jackson’s third place sees her sitting in fifth place on the WTS rankings now led by Jorgensen, with Moffatt, who missed London but who will be joined by Australia’s third Glasgow representative Ashleigh Gentle in Chicago in a fortnight, in ninth.

FULL ITU WOMEN’S WRAP

 

Pos Athlete Country Time Swim Bike Run
1 Gwen Jorgensen USA 00:54:44 00:08:57 00:28:25 00:16:10
2 Sarah Groff USA 00:55:12 00:08:59 00:28:25 00:16:39
3 Emma Jackson AUS 00:55:19 00:09:22 00:28:20 00:16:17
4 Alice Betto ITA 00:55:35 00:08:56 00:28:18 00:17:05
5 Nicky Samuels NZL 00:55:36 00:09:07 00:28:17 00:17:04
6 Andrea Hewitt NZL 00:55:39 00:09:21 00:28:23 00:16:43
7 Helen Jenkins GBR 00:55:39 00:09:07 00:28:27 00:16:40
8 Aileen Reid IRL 00:55:40 00:09:01 00:28:20 00:17:09
9 Rebecca Robisch GER 00:55:41 00:08:59 00:28:25 00:17:08
10 Vendula Frintova CZE 00:55:42 00:09:24 00:28:18 00:16:50
11 Jodie Stimpson GBR 00:55:43 00:09:21 00:28:18 00:16:51
12 Juri Ide JPN 00:55:44 00:09:02 00:28:35 00:16:53
13 Katie Hursey USA 00:55:49 00:08:52 00:28:31 00:17:16
14 Vicky Holland GBR 00:55:52 00:09:04 00:28:34 00:16:58
15 Margit Vanek HUN 00:55:56 00:09:14 00:28:26 00:17:04
16 Charlotte Bonin ITA 00:56:02 00:09:14 00:28:28 00:17:06
17 Sara Vilic AUT 00:56:10 00:09:13 00:28:30 00:17:19
18 Rachel Klamer NED 00:56:11 00:09:16 00:28:24 00:17:17
19 Ainhoa Murua ESP 00:56:13 00:09:23 00:28:19 00:17:20
20 Yuka Sato JPN 00:56:14 00:09:21 00:28:21 00:17:21
21 Pamela Oliveira BRA 00:56:20 00:08:53 00:28:30 00:17:46
22 Sarah-anne Brault CAN 00:56:27 00:09:19 00:28:21 00:17:31
23 Charlotte Mcshane AUS 00:56:27 00:09:19 00:28:21 00:17:30
24 Lucy Hall GBR 00:56:29 00:08:55 00:28:26 00:17:56
25 Carolina Routier ESP 00:56:39 00:08:59 00:28:26 00:18:06
26 Mari Rabie RSA 00:56:44 00:09:04 00:28:21 00:18:15
27 Lisa Perterer AUT 00:56:53 00:09:39 00:29:08 00:16:53
28 Emmie Charayron FRA 00:56:54 00:09:56 00:28:59 00:16:43
29 Ai Ueda JPN 00:56:54 00:09:40 00:29:11 00:16:48
30 Sofie Hooghe BEL 00:56:57 00:09:52 00:28:59 00:16:59
31 Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 00:56:59 00:09:39 00:29:12 00:17:01
32 Elena Danilova RUS 00:57:00 00:09:43 00:29:03 00:16:58
33 Katrien Verstuyft BEL 00:57:12 00:09:39 00:29:00 00:17:13
34 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 00:57:14 00:09:40 00:29:04 00:17:12
35 Ellen Pennock CAN 00:57:17 00:09:31 00:29:12 00:17:13
36 Kaitlin Donner USA 00:57:20 00:09:29 00:29:22 00:17:20
37 Hanna Philippin GER 00:57:21 00:09:45 00:29:01 00:17:20
38 Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 00:57:24 00:09:37 00:28:57 00:17:25
39 Claudia Rivas MEX 00:57:27 00:09:25 00:29:21 00:17:24
40 Line Thams DEN 00:57:45 00:09:27 00:29:19 00:17:45
41 Anel Radford RSA 00:57:48 00:09:14 00:28:24 00:18:53
42 Gillian Sanders RSA 00:57:52 00:09:39 00:29:11 00:17:50
43 Ditte Kristensen DEN 00:57:54 00:09:33 00:29:15 00:17:53
44 Alexandra Razarenova RUS 00:57:56 00:09:46 00:29:00 00:17:53
45 Anne Tabarant FRA 00:58:02 00:09:44 00:29:09 00:17:51
46 Maria Czesnik POL 00:58:11 00:09:40 00:29:04 00:18:06
47 Holly Lawrence GBR 00:58:16 00:09:24 00:29:15 00:18:12
48 María Ortega De Miguel ESP 00:58:28 00:09:23 00:29:23 00:18:23
49 Anne Haug GER 00:58:32 00:10:02 00:30:31 00:16:47
50 Emma Pallant ITU 00:58:34 00:10:02 00:30:29 00:16:46
51 Elena Maria Petrini ITA 00:58:36 00:09:33 00:29:11 00:18:36
52 Melina Alonso ESP 00:58:45 00:09:43 00:29:05 00:18:40
53 Lisa Norden SWE 00:58:57 00:09:40 00:29:03 00:18:53
54 Yuko Takahashi JPN 00:59:38 00:09:45 00:30:46 00:17:54
55 Petra Kurikova CZE 00:59:48 00:09:43 00:30:32 00:18:03
56 Mariya Shorets RUS 00:59:52 00:10:02 00:30:26 00:18:07
57 Lisa Sieburger GER 01:00:14 00:09:53 00:30:39 00:18:28
58 Kate Roberts RSA 01:01:09 00:09:46 00:30:49 00:19:23
59 Anna Burova RUS 01:01:18 00:09:46 00:30:42 00:19:29
60 Lauren Dance RSA 01:02:17 00:10:06 00:32:11 00:18:31
DNF Arina Shulgina RUS 00:00:00 00:09:47 00:00:00 00:00:00
DNF Chelsea Burns USA 00:00:00 00:09:43 00:00:00 00:00:00
DSQ Lois Rosindale GBR 00:00:00 00:09:41 00:29:11 00:16:50
DNF Katie Hewison GBR 00:00:00 00:10:41 00:00:00 00:00:00

 

 

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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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