Patrick Lange took both the title and the course record in winning the 2017 Ironman World Championship in a thrilling race, passing Lionel Sanders in the closing miles of the race to keep the German string of wins at the race going.
October 15, 2017 | NEWS|
Patrick Lange ensured that a German remained at the top of the podium in winning the Ironman World Championship in a new record time. Lange took the race in 8:01:40, besting Craig Alexander's course record (8:03:56) in the process.
Lange's 2:39:59 run split was short of his course-record performance, but it was enough to get him past Lionel Sanders. The German passed the struggling Canadian on the Queen K with 3 miles to go and never looked back.
Amberger leads the way in the water
Australian Josh Amberger was first out of the water, swimming an impressive 47:09 to lead Harry Wiltshire and Jan Frodeno by just over a minute. That gap was a foreshadowing that Frodeno, the two-time defending champion, was not in form as many had predicted he would swim with the quick Australian and try to break away from his competition.
Instead Frodeno would find himself leading a huge pack along the Queen K. Sanders, Sebastian Kienle and Cameron Wurf formed a chase group that were over 6:30 down starting the ride, but the three super-cyclists would be at the front of the race by 95 km into the ride. Those three blew apart the Frodeno group and quickly opened up time on the rest of the field.
Kienle looked to make a move at the start of the return journey along the Queen K, but it was Wurf who would end up first into T2, setting a new bike course record (4:12:54) along the way. Wurf led Sanders by 1:13 into T2, with Kienle at 1:46, Frodeno at 2:45 and Lange in 11th, 10:40 behind.
Out on the run course Sanders quickly moved to the front and the surprising news on the course was that Frodeno had started walking. (He would eventually get himself back running and finished - a classy move by the two-time champ.)
Kienle moved to second behind Sanders, and made some inroads on the Canadian's lead, but it was the incredible running talent of Lange that would be the story of the day. Lange moved through the field to take the men's title. Sanders (8:04:07) hung on for the runner-up position, while David McNamee (8:07:11) ran his way to the final spot on the podium, leaving Kienle (8:09:59) to finish fourth.
Swim (3.86 km)
Bike (180.2 km)
Run (42.2 km)