Weekend Review 13-14 October15th Oct 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
It was the 40th anniversary of IRONMAN this weekend in Kona, Hawaii and what a weekend it was with broken records, marriage proposals and a Scot on the podium!
The men’s elite victor was Patrick Lange, who thundered into the packed finish line on Ali’i Drive to break the tape in 7:52:39, becoming the Ironman World Champion for the second time with combined splits of 50:37 for the swim, 4:16:04 for the bike, and 2:41:31 for the run. Following the German home was Belgium’s Bart Aernouts in second (7:56:41) and David McNamee of Scotland, who ran his way to another third place spot in 8:01:09 (McNamee was also 3rd in 2017).
Hear from David in a post race interview with Breakfast with Bob!
In relatively cool and calm conditions, all three times were quicker than the previous course record (8:01:40) set by Lange in 2017. Course records were also broken within the race with Australia’s Cameron Wurf smashing his 2017 bike course record by more than three minutes to achieve 4:09:36.
In the women’s race in front of a delighted crowd Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf once again shattered the women’s course record with a final time of 8:26:16. Behind the defending champion, Britain’s Lucy Charles finished second in 8:36:34, Anne Haug finished third in 8:41:58
Ryf endured the pain of a jelly fish sting, suffered just before the race start, and completed the 2.4-mile swim in 14th place. She fought her way back throughout the 112-mile bike portion with a split of 4:26:07, a new course record by 18 minutes! Ryf closed out the race with a time of 2:57:05 in the 26.2-mile run. Charles also set a new course record on the swim with a split of 48:13.
In other inspirational moments, a year since breaking his neck during one of his final training rides, Tim Don was back and with sheer determination finished an incredible 36th place in emotional scenes and remains an absolute hero of our sport.
Meanwhile Lange, during his post race interview held good on a personal promise to propose to his girlfriend Julia if he could break the course record. Broadcast to millions around the world, Julia said yes!
Age Group Kona success
Congratulations to Martin Goodlad from Fleet Feet triathlon club who took part in the 45-49 age category finishing in 10:27:15 and to Robert Bacon from Aberdeenshire who took part in the 40-44 age category finishing in 11:16:36
Full results are here.
Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup
Grant Sheldon was in action on Saturday in the Sunshine State, which is currently recovering from Hurricane Michael. Unfortunately the weather played havoc on the water quality in the lake at Nathan Benderson Park and so the event was shortened to a duathlon. Following on from September’s third place podium position in Alanya ETU Triathlon Cup, Sheldon was very happy to be back on the start line, and finished a fantastic 10th in a field of 66. Grand Final winner, France’s Vincent Luis, was first and fellow Brits Calum Johnson was 12th and in the women’s race Lucy Hall was 23rd .
Grant will next travel to Equador to compete in the Salinas ITU World Cup on the 21st October.
Full results are here.
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