Robertson and Hanson tops in Texas

Jodie Robertson and Matt Hanson took the North American titles and guaranteed their spots in Kona in October.

| April 22, 2017 | NEWS

Matt Hanson does it again - seen here winning the 2015 Ironman Texas race, today he set a new American record with his 7:52:44.

Matt Hanson does it again - seen here winning the 2015 Ironman Texas race, today he set a new American record with his 7:52:44.

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Matt Hanson set a new American Ironman record, taking the Ironman North American Championship in The Woodlands, Texas in 7:52:44. It was a second title for Hanson, who took the race in 2015 as well.

A tight group of former ITU stars led the way out of the water about 49 minutes into the race as James Capparell (48:56) led a group that included Jarrod Shoemaker (USA), Bas Diederen (NLD), Daniel Fontana (ITA), Will Clark (GBR) and Tyler Butterfield (BER). The bike, though, was another Andy Starykowicz (USA) showcase as he blitzed through the course in 4:01:14.

Once on the run, though, Hanson quickly made it clear that he would be the man to beat as he steadily narrowed the gap to Starykowicz and by 15 miles he was in the lead. His 2:42 marathon split was more than enough to keep him clear of the rest of the field by the end of the race, although Ronnie Schildknecht's 2:43 marathon kept the American honest and earned the Swiss star another sub-eight hour performance, too.

Five men would end up breaking the eight-hour barrier in the race - Butterfield finished just 33-seconds ahead of Clark for third and Kirill Kotsegarov finished under eight hours, too.

Robertson runs to the win

When you're a 2:34 marathon runner (Robertson finished fourth at the 2015 American Marathon Championship and qualified for the Olympic trials marathon in 2012 and 2016) it comes as no surprise that the race's final leg will be yours to take. After a second-place finish in Texas last year, Robertson, who only turned to the sport two years ago, moved up one spot on the podium and guaranteed herself a Kona start.

Lauren Brandon outswam all the men today, leading the way out of the water and then staying ahead of the rest of the women's field on the bike into T2 as well. Alicia Kaye looked steady through the entire race but found herself behind Brandon, Robertson, Maja Stage-Nielsen (DEN) and Tine Deckers (BEL) into T2.

The women put on quite a show during the run as Brandon held off Robertson until the 10-mile point of the race and Kaye, Stage-Nielsen and fast-running Michaela Herlbauer (AUT) put on quite a show for the final podium spots. In the end Robertson would hold on for the win by three-minutes over the fast-closing Herlbauer, who ran away from Stage-Nielsen over the final few km. Kaye would take fourth while Deckers would get to the line just 17-seconds ahead of Brandon for fifth.

(Results below will be updated as soon as women's run splits are available.)

Ironman North American Championship | Men

April 22, 2017 | The Woodlands, Texas

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Matt Hanson

USA

7:52:44

0:51:46

4:13:53

2:42:07

2

Ronnie Schildknecht

SUI

7:56:21

0:53:34

4:14:40

2:43:28

3

Tyler Butterfield

BER

7:58:29

0:49:08

4:15:20

2:49:00

4

Will Clarke

GBR

7:59:02

0:49:16

4:22:30

2:42:01

5

Kirill Kotsegarov

EST

7:59:32

0:54:56

4:11:16

2:48:00

6

Matthew Russell

USA

8:01:35

0:54:49

4:13:43

2:47:57

7

Leon Griffin

AUS

8:04:04

0:49:18

4:19:25

2:49:16

8

David Plese

SLO

8:05:08

0:55:14

4:13:29

2:51:05

9

Callum Millward

NZL

8:07:13

0:49:35

4:18:56

2:53:24

10

Marc Duelsen

GER

8:07:25

0:49:32

4:22:04

2:50:16

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Ironman North American Championship | Women

April 22, 2017 | The Woodlands, Texas

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Jodie Robertson

USA

8:56:32

1:02:31

4:43:45

3:03:41

2

Michaela Herlbauer,

AUT

8:59:31

0:57:57

4:53:47

3:02:27

3

Maja Stage-Nilsen,

DEN

9:01:00

1:01:02

4:47:31

3:07:45

4

Alicia Kaye

USA

9:04:40

0:52:52

4:55:34

3:11:00

5

Tine Deckers

BEL

9:06:08

1:00:35

4:47:55

3:12:24

6

Lauren Brandon

USA

9:06:25

0:48:52

4:53:03

3:19:25

7

Kelly Williamson

USA

9:11:19

0:55:41

5:13:40

2:56:30

8

Malindi Elmore

CAN

9:11:34

1:07:54

4:59:15

2:59:10

9

Leslie Miller

USA

9:13:22

0:59:25

5:01:34

3:07:08

10

Caroline Livesey

GBR

9:18:33

1:01:21

4:52:21

3:19:12

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