Today one of the most anticipated events of the year, the IRONMAN World Championship where the best of the specialty were on the starting line.
On the starting line were the champion of 2017 and 2018 Patrick LangeGermans Jan Frodeno y Sebastian Kienle or the debutante Alistair Browlee among other professionals like Sanders, throw o O'Donnel. In the female category Daniela Ryf it was the big favorite next to Lucy Charles o Anne Haug among others.
The test began at 18: 25 Spanish time with the 3.800 meters of swimming, in a very even segment, a group of 9 head units was formed, which gradually opened a gap.
Josh Amberger came out of the water first, followed by Jan Frodeno at 4 seconds and Alistarir Brownlee at 5. Patrick Lange was seventh at 13 seconds. Eneko Llanos started the 22nd and Clemente Alonso the 23rd Sebastian Kienle started at 4:49 of the head and Lionel Sanders more than 5 minutes.
The cycling segment
The beginning of the Brownlee cycling segment is that it took the lead leading the group. In Kilometer 14 already took 17 seconds to Frodeno, 20 to Amberger and 57 to Patrick Lange, Cameron Wurf was ninth to 4: 15 and Sebastian Kienle 16º to 4: 30 that rolled in a group with Eneko Llanos.
In the passage through the PK 14, in the airport, the group was united passing Frodeno, Brownlee, Amberger, Clavel and O'Donnel in 8 seconds. Patrick Lange passed to 1: 28 that was still wasting time compared to the head.
Behind Sanders and Kienle reached Wurf at kilometer 23 and were located at 3: Frodeno's 38 that was still in the lead.
At kilometer 50 of the segment, the leading group was maintained with Clavel, Amberger, O'Donnel, Frodeno and Brownlee arriving together until the climb to Hawi. At that point Cameron Wurf, Kienle, Sanders were going together at 2:40. As soon as Eneko Llanos passed to 6:58 and Clemente Alonso to 10:21.
Patrick Lange, retired from the test Before starting the climb, it seems that last night he had a fever and that is what has forced him to retire.
At the turning point in Hawi, Aberger was delayed by passing 44 seconds from the head quartet that was still rolling together. The chasing group with Wurf, Kienle, Sanders went through 2: 21 handicap.
The strong rhythm in the lead made Amberger get off the ground, to leave Frodeno, O'Donnel and Brownlee rolling together towards T2.
In the passage through the kilometer 155, Frodeno increased the pace to leave alone and at the control point 167 was ahead in 1: 04 to O'Donnell and 1: 22 to Brownlee.
Finally, Frodeno arrived alone at T2 with 2: 18 of advantage over O'Donnell and 3: 44 on Wurf. Kienle arrived at 4: 01 and led the group with Brownlee, Stain, Kountny, Hogenhaugh and Sanders.
Boris Stain has been the fastest on the bike (4: 13: 18). Eneko Llanos arrived in the 37º position at 28 minutes and Clemente Alonso in the 42ª at 31: 46
The race on foot
In the first 3 kilometers of the Frodeno marathon, it surpassed in 1: 42 to O'Donnell and in 3: 43 to Brownlee. Sanders climbed to fourth place at 4: 04 running along with Kienle and Wurf,
Frodeno continued to show that he had come to Kona with enthusiasm and was already leaving with 2:10 on O'Donnell and 4 on Brownlee at kilometer 6 of the race. Behind Sebastian Kienle surpassed the British who felt fatigue to get third
Frodeno continued to increase his advantage to go through kilometer 14 with 3 minutes on O'Donnell, 5 on Kienle and 7 on Brownlee.
In the half-marathon O'Donnell lost a few more seconds, going to 3: 26 of Frodeno, although he had 2 minutes ahead of Kienle who was third.
Frodo continued with a good race pace, increasing the differences to go through the kilometer 33 with almost 6 minutes ahead of O'Donnell. Kienle was still third keeping the differences.
Finally, Jan Frodeno got the victory in a time of 7: 51: 13 coming down from the 8 hours in the test and beating last year's record achieved by Patrick Lange with 7: 52: 39.
The second classified has been Tim O'Donnell (7: 59: 40) followed by Sebastian Kienle (8:02:04) occupying the third position. Fourth has been Ben Hoffman and fifth Cameron Wurf
As for the Spanish Eneko Llanos finished the 29th and Clemente Alonso in the 34º
Alistair Brownlee has finished in 21st position and Lionel Sanders in the 22º
Men's 15 Top
1 7:51:13 Jan Frodeno
2 7:59:41 8:28 Tim O'Donnell
3 8:02:04 10:52 Sebastian Kienle
4 8:02:52 11:39 Ben Hoffman
5 8:06:41 15:29 Cameron Wurf
6 8:07:46 16:33 Joe Skipper
7 8:08:48 17:36 Braden Currie
8 8:10:29 19:17 Philipp Koutny
9 8:12:27 21:14 Bart Aernouts
10 8:13:37 22:25 Chris Leiferman
11 8:15:19 24:06 Jan Van Berkel
12 8:17:37 26:25 Tim Reed
13 8:18:02 26:50 Michael Weiss
14 8:19:30 28:17 Andy Potts
15 8:19:38 28:26 Daniel Bakkegard
The times of Jan Frodeno
- Swimming: 3,8 km 47:31 (average of 1:15 100 / m)
- Cycling: 180 km 4:16:03 (average of 42,17 km / h)
- 42 km foot race: 2:42:43 (average 3:51 min / km)
Frodeno gets his third world title
With today's victory he has added his third world title IRONMAN after those achieved in 2015 and 2016.
He has also done it in style, getting the rtest record and setting it to 7: 51: 13, improving that of Patrick Lange's 2018 (7: 52: 39)