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Heather Jackson rides through the lava fields on her way to the women’s second-best bike split of 4:53:55 and a 4th place overall finish.
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Tim O’Donnell finishes off the swim.
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Lionel Sanders of Canada rode a 2nd-best 4:14:19 bike split which beat Normann Stadler’s 2006 record of 4:18:23 but fell short of Cameron Wurf’s new mark.
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Cameron Wurf, a 2004 rowing Olympian and former pro cyclist, broke Normann Stadler’s 2006 bike split record by 5:29 with a 4:12:54 mark which brought him into T2 first with a 30 seconds lead on Sanders. Wurf faded to 17th on the run.
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Sarah Crowley of Australia rode a women’s 3rd-best 4:57:51 split despite crashing just before Kawaihae. “I was wondering if I would continue when Annabel Luxford rode by and yelled, ‘Get up, Sarah!’“ Crowley finished 3rd overall.
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Crowley had Annabel Luxford to thank for the encouragement. Luxford went on to finish 9th.
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Matthew Russell of the U.S. was hit by a car at an intersection on the course and was in serious condition after surgery.
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By 45 miles into the course Lucy Charles and Lauren Brandon held a 5 and a half minutes lead on Daniela Ryf. Charles built that lead with a 48:48 swim and the first half of a strong 4:58:19 bike split.
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After a 53:41 swim and a 4:14:18 bike split, Sanders arrived at T2 30 seconds behind Cameron Wurf and several minutes ahead of Patrick Lange. Within 3 miles of the run, Sanders took the lead from Wurf and held his ground on Lange.
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Nils Frommhold runs outbound on Ali’i Drive.
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David McNamee surprised many with his podium finish, capped off by a 2nd-fastest 2:45:30 run which brought him home in 8:07:11.
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Sarah Crowley ran a women’s 3rd-best 3:05:37 marathon to finish 3rd overall woman.
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Rachel Joyce, three-time Ironman World Championship podium finisher and new mother, finished 20th in 9:42:12.
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Two-time defending Kona champion Jan Frodeno paused for several minutes on Ali’i Drive to deal with a hamstring and back issue, but soldiered to a noble 35th place finish in 9:15:44.
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Observers of the sport say Mirinda Carfrae has the purest, most fluid running form. Patrick Lange of Germany is the male Ironman answer to that. He ran 2:40:00 to overtake Sebastian Kienle and Lionel Sanders in the final miles to take the victory.
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Four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington congratulates three-time Kona Champion Daniela Ryf.
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Lucy Charles was overcome with emotion at her second-place finish as she was congratulated by winner Daniela Ryf.
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Andy Potts was proud to be the fastest American at the 2017 edition of the Ironman World Championship. Potts took 7th place in a time of 8:14:43, 12:57 behind Lange.
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Mirinda Carfrae, taking a year off due to the birth of her first child, stands with husband Timothy O’Donnell at the finish.
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The women’s podium – Daniela Ryf, Lucy Charles and Sarah Crowley.