It was a big one last weekend with Kona and the World Championships. Big spoiler alert if you didn’t watch the event we are going to talk about the winners of the event and call out the mens race winner and the womens. You have been warned! Enjoy the Ironman Kona 2017 Race Review.
Starting with the geezers we had a new course record delivered by the awesome Patrick Lange. With a time of 8:01:40 he broke Craig Alexander’s overall race recrord by over 2 minutes and showed that one day Kona will see a sub 8 hour time. And we aren’t talking about any motor assisted finishes either. Shock of the day was Jan Frodeno showing that he is a human being after all and not a Triathlon robot. He broke on the run having suffered with a hamstring and back issue. Posting a 9:15:44 time. A time that any mere mortal would salivate at but for Jan Frodeno it can only be looked back on as a bad day in the office.
In the ladies race Daniela Ryf made a late surge on the bike leg that led to a second-best ever 8:50:47 overall time. With a third consecutive win on the bounce it wasn’t the most unlikely of results. Ryf came into T2 in first place having worked the 112 miles in a chase pack and from there didn’t look back posting the fastest marathon of the day to finish with a comfortable margin of 9 minutes over Lucy Charles who definitely has more to offer in this race posting an outstanding debut in Kona…a sub 50 minute swim is fine foundation for any competitor.