Russell wins Ironman Lake Placid

After a horrific accident almost ended his career at the 2017 Ironman World Championship, Matt Russell has surged back to the top of the Ironman world, taking the win at Ironman Lake Placid.

| July 29, 2019 | NEWS

Matt Russell takes an emotional win at Ironman Lake Placid.

Matt Russell takes an emotional win at Ironman Lake Placid.

Photo >Al Bello/ Getty Images for Ironman

After running into the side of a minivan at top speed during the 2017 Ironman World Championship, it was a miracle that Matt Russell was alive. The American came back from the horrific crash, though, and returned to full-distance racing with a flourish, eventually taking sixth in Kona a year later.

The amazing comeback has continued - Russell took sixth at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt at the end of June, then followed that up with a top-10 finish at Challenge Roth. All of which seemed to prepare Russell for the race in Lake Placid, which he took thanks to a speedy bike (4:27) and run (2:58) combination that allowed him to overcome a seven-minute deficit after the swim. Australian Joe Gambles ran his way to the runner up spot, followed by Germany's Marc Duelsen in third.

 

Ironman Lake Placid | Men

July 28, 2019 | Lake Placid, United States

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Matt Russell           

USA

8:27:57

0:56:42

4:27:27

2:58:56

2

Joe Gambles

AUS

8:33:26

0:53:10

4:38:19

2:56:30

3

Marc Duelsen

DEU

8:37:01

0:56:41

4:35:56

2:59:21

4

Brent McMahon

CAN

8:38:14

0:49:58

4:41:10

3:02:48

5

James Capparell

USA 

8:41:04

0:49:52

4:46:50

2:58:54

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