James Cunnama wins Ironman Hamburg

James Cunnama just missed breaking eight hours as he took Ironman Hamburg in impressive style over Horst Reichel and Markus Fachbach.

| August 13, 2017 | NEWS

James Cunnama was in a totally different league on the bike and run as he charged to an eight-hour finish in Hamburg.

James Cunnama was in a totally different league on the bike and run as he charged to an eight-hour finish in Hamburg.

Photo >Nils Flieshardt / spomedis

Spaniard Carlos Lopez Diaz led the way out of the water (47:38), leading a group that included South Africa's James Cunnama and Germans Horst Reichel, Markus Fachbach and Alexander Schilling by 1:20. had about a minute behind.

Cunnama attacks on the bike

Once out of the water it didn't take long for the South African to make his mark on the race. By 20 km the chase group had caught Lopez and through most of the first lap of the two-loop bike course a group consisting of Cunnama, Reichel, Fachbach, Lopez and Schilling rode together before the South African decided it was time to go it along. Initially Fachbach was able to stay with the South African, but eventually he would be dropped, too, as Cunnama flew into T2 after a 4:24:32 bike split, leading Fachbach by 12 minutes and Reichel and Schilling by another three.

If the bike wasn't impressive enough, Cunnama's 3:45/ km pace on the run was even more impressive as he easily took the title and just missed breaking the eight-hour barrier (8:00:36) after a 2:40 marathon.

Fachbach held on for second through the initial stages of the marathon, but Reichel would eventually run by to take second in 8:22:27, leaving Fachbach to take the final spot on the podium in 8:25:36.

"It worked really well for me today," Cunnama said after the race. "I felt strongly in all disciplines. The atmosphere was fantastic, I am very happy that I could win the first race here."

After running the marathon in 2:47:35 Horst Reichel took second place.

After running the marathon in 2:47:35 Horst Reichel took second place.

Photo >Nils Flieshardt / spomedis

Ironman Hamburg | Men

August 13, 2017 | Hamburg, Germany.

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

James Cunnama

RSA

8:00:36

49:05

4:24:32

2:40:58

2

Horst Reichel

GER

8:22:27

48:59

4:40:12

2:47:35

3

Markus Fachbach

GER

8:25:36

49:10

4:36:27

2:53:47

4

Carlos Lopez Diaz

ESP

8:35:36

47:38

4:45:34

2:54:55

5

Alexander Schilling

GER

8:42:05

49:02

4:40:02

3:07:00

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