Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa - The 18th Ironman African Championship and 2nd Ironman 70.3 Nelson Mandela Bay were held on Sunday, March 5, 2023, with over 2,000 athletes competing. The event saw Leon Chevalier (FRA) and Laura Philipp (GER) claim the IRONMAN African Championship titles.
The Big Picture: Despite weather-related delays and a shortened swim, the athletes took on the challenge with determination. Chevalier completed the race in 07:11:44, followed by Bradley Weiss (ZAF) and Mathias Lyngso Petersen (DEN) in second and third place, respectively.
On the women's side, Philipp secured victory in 08:01:59, with Fenella Langridge (GBR) and Penny Slater (AUS) taking second and third place, respectively.
What They Are Saying: Chevalier praised the race organisers for their decision to shorten the swim due to incoming storm weather reports. "It was a tough call to make for the organization, but to shorten the swim was the right call. And probably what was best for everyone’s safety," he said.
Philipp, on the other hand, found the run the toughest part of the race due to the humidity. She credited the amazing crowd for keeping her motivated, saying, "Without this amazing crowd, I would have walked or not made it to the finish line."
The Bottom Line: The 18th Ironman African Championship and 2nd ISUZU Ironman 70.3 Nelson Mandela Bay were a success, with Chevalier and Philipp emerging as the new Ironman African Champions. The athletes faced weather-related challenges but rose above them, showcasing their resilience and determination. With the Ironman African Championship complete, triathletes around the world eagerly anticipate the next event.
- Laura Philipp (GER) – 8:01:59
- Fenella Langridge (GBR) – 8:13:17
- Penny Slater (AUS) – 8:17:25
- Laura Zimmermann (GER) – 8:20:57
- Marlene de Boer (NLD)– 8:22:13
- Leon Chevalier (FRA) – 7:11:44
- Bradley Weiss (ZAR) – 7:16:03
- Mathias Lyngso Petersen (DNK) – 7:20:55
- Rasmus Svennningsson (SWE) – 7:23:15
- Cameron Wurf (AUS) – 7:27:55