Lucy Charles-Barclay digs deep for second, Sebastian Kienle takes third.
Lucy Charles-Barclay continued her fine record in Kona by finish second at the IRONMAN World Championships for a third year in a row. In testing conditions on the island, Sebastian Kienle completed the podium in the men’s race. Here is how the day played out:
– British triathlete Charles-Barclay set the pace in the swim as she led out of the water, dropping Lauren Brandon, the only woman who could stick with her, in transition.
– Four-time winner Daniela Ryf of Switzerland was five minutes back out the water but fell further behind as the bike went on with Charles-Barclay riding solo at the front to reach T2 with an eight minute advantage over her nearest rivals.
– Haug set off hard on the run and quickly ate into the lead before passing Charles-Barclay after 16 miles.
– The German pulled away to take her first World Championship title as Charles-Barclay fought back to finish second for the third year in a row with Sarah Crowley, who briefly overtook the Brit, rounding off the podium.
– Ryf refused to give in, and battled bravely to 13th place while Camilla Pedersen pulled out during the run.
– Frodeno set a new course record in the men’s race, breaking Patrick Lange’s 2018 mark by more than a minute as he finished in 7:51:13.
– The German started well by coming out of the water in second place as he backed up his 2015 and 2016 titles with a dominant display.
– He extended his lead on the run thanks to a 2:42:43 marathon with O’Donnell finishing second and 2014 champion Sebastien Kienle, who was fourth off the bike, moving up to finish in third.