German Frodeno wins Ironman World Championship

Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:32pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - German Jan Frodeno iced his competitors to clinch his first triathlon Ironman World Championship with a dominating performance in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist at the shorter distance came out the water in second place and broke away on the bike leg to set up his victory.

He was never challenged in the marathon run and clinched the most coveted title in the sport, while Swiss Daniela Ryf won the women’s title by a huge margin of more than 13 minutes.

In brutal heat and humidity, even by Big Island standards, Frodeno finished the 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle and 42.2 km run in eight hours, 14 minutes and 40 seconds.

He beat fellow countryman Andreas Raelert by three minutes and three seconds. American Timothy O’Donnell finished third at 8:18.50.

“I am just over the world,” the 34-year-old Frodeno said in a finish-line interview.

“Besides the Olympic title, nothing compares, nothing else matters.

“This is the Wimbledon of our sport. It's just like in tennis, if you haven't won Hawaii it's like, 'yeah'. I am so happy.”

Frodeno and his Australian wife Emma Snowsill, the 2008 Olympic women’s triathlon champion, are expecting their first child.   Continued...