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Defending Champ Matt Russell had some good smiles on the run course. He battled through for a 6th place finish.
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Pamella Oliveira from Brazil was in the mix most of the day and would end up finishing 4th overall.
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Top male swimmer Balazs Csoke would exit the water in first with a 46:44 swim time.
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Dede Griesgrauer continues to impress us all and placed 5th in the pro field at the age of 50 years old.
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A new floating timing raft was used during the swim. Through the entirety of the field, it only missed a couple of scans.
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Eventual champion Rasmus Svenningson would post the fastest bike split of 4:26:09.
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Lauren Brandon had the fastest female swim with a 47:30. She unfortunately would later deal with some stomach issues and finish 14th.
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Heather Jackson clearly gave it all she had. Her husband and friend was caught holding her up before the podium presentation (she really was ok).
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T1 before the race.
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Yes, it was raining this hard :). (Editor's Note: not quite as hard as 2008, but harder than the thunderstorm of 2014.)
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Lisa Norden celebrates her first Ironman victory, in her debut at the distance.
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Joanna Ryter took 3rd overall with the fastest female run of the day of 2:57:31. Only 5 men ran faster than her.
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Arnaud Guilloux enjoying a moment on the bike before he started the run.
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Joe Skipper telling me how fast he was going to have to run to catch up. He would end up 3rd overall with the fastest marathon of the day: 2:49:04.