Patrick Lange's Kona course record tops 2017

Patrick Lange's record-setting day at the Ironman World Championship earns the not as TriathlonWorld.com's 2017 Performance of the Year.

| January 8, 2018 | NEWS

Greatness at the finish line - Patrick Lange crosses the finish line at the Ironman World Championship. The banner is held by six-time Kona champs Dave Scott and Mark Allen.

Greatness at the finish line - Patrick Lange crosses the finish line at the Ironman World Championship. The banner is held by six-time Kona champs Dave Scott and Mark Allen.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Well this one wasn't hard. Even in a year of outstanding performances, one race stood above all others in 2017 - Patrick Lange's huge win at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The German improved from third in 2016 to the top of the podium in 2017, not only taking the race in dramatic fashion thanks to a 2:39:59 come-from-behind run (he was off the bike in 11th position), but also by breaking Craig Alexander's course record of 8:03:56 by over two minutes, crossing the line in 8:01:40.

Lange began the day with a 48:45 swim, followed that with a 4:28:53 bike split before running his incredible marathon to earn the world title. 

Lange's performance was one of many outstanding performances of 2017. Click here for a photo gallery of all of the nominations.