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Sanders' time broke the previous Ironman brand mark of 7:45:49 set by Marino Vanhoenacker of Belgium at Ironman Austria in 2011. Sanders’ time has only been beaten by Ironman-distance leaders Jan Frodeno (7:35:34 at 2016 Challenge Roth) and Andreas Raelert (7:41:33 at 2011 Challenge Roth).
Kessler won her third straight Ironman Arizona victory with a wire-to-wire performance dogged all day by Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands. Kessler finished in 8:48:23, the 14th-best women’s Ironman brand performance and women’s 29th-best Ironman-distance effort in history.
Kessler began with a women’s-best 49:31 swim, maintained a 3:01 lead at T2 with a women’s 4th-fastest 4:44:24 bike split, and closed with a 3:09:40 marathon that gave her a 3:04 margin of victory over Yvonne Van Vlerken of Netherlands (3:08:43 marathon).
In her Ironman debut, Malindi Elmore of Canada broke 9 hours and finished 3rd, 8:59 behind the winner.