Matt Hanson used a blazing marathon split to outlast Ivan Tutukin and capture the Ironman North American Championship in the Woodlands, Texas.
April 29, 2018 | NEWS|
The course appears to have been short, which means Matt Hanson (USA) didn't quite set a new Ironman record in winning the Ironman North American Championship in Texas, but he wasn't far off. According to Hanson the bike course was 110 miles (two miles or 3.2 km short of the official Ironman distance) and the run course measured at exactly 26 miles, making it two-tenths of a mile (321 m) short. That hardly diminishes from Hanson's incredible run split - even if you add 70 or 80 seconds for those extra 321 m he'd still have posted a 2:35 run split.
The fireworks really started out on the bike course as super-cyclist Andrew Starykowicz put on another spectacular bike show, flying through a 3:54:59 split. The lack of an accurate course takes away what could have been one of the most amazing bike splits in Ironman history. The American had some company in the form of Germany's Johann Ackermann for roughly the first half of the bike, but then cruised away on his own to lead a large group into T2 by 15 minutes, with Ackermann caught in no man's land between the two.
Hanson and Ivan Tutukin (RUS) quickly pulled away from a group of super-runners that included the likes of Brent McMahon (CAN), Will Clark (GBR), Tim Berkel (AUS), Frederik Van Lierde (BEL), Jan Van Berkel (SUI) and Ruedi Wild (SUI). Tutukin stayed on Hanson's hip for much of the race as the two eventually flew by Ackermann and caught Starykowicz just before the 30 km mark. Hanson would finally break Tutukin with about a mile to go to take his second straight Ironman North American title. Will Clarke won the race for the final spot on the podium.
Ironman Texas | Men
April 28, 2018 | The Woodlands, USA
Jan Van Berkel
Frederik Van Lierde