A third straight Ironman World Championship puts Daniela Ryf in some exclusive company. The Swiss star takes a hard-fought race over Lucy Charles for another world title.
October 15, 2017 | NEWS|
It's not like we haven't been calling Lucy Charles a Kona game changer this year - here at TriathlonWorld.com we started interviewing the British star last year in Lanzarote, followed up with another face to face in February, then covered her wins at Ironman Lanzarote and the Challenge Championship extensively.
So we were pretty sure we'd see the former national team swimmer lead the way out of the water here at the Ironman World Championship, and we were right. Charles finished the swim just a few seconds off the swim course record with her 48:48 (the record is Jodi Jackson's 48:43 from 1999), just five seconds up on Lauren Brandon and 4:22 up on prohibitive favorite
Charles solid on the bike
Charles kept up with her front-running approach through the bike, opening up even more time on Ryf, who had formed a group with Sarah Crowley and Annabel Luxford. Things stayed pretty much the same for much of the bike as Ryf found herself not feeling on top of her game. Then, with 40 km to go, Ryf decided enough was enough and pulled back all of the 5:24 deficit and more, eventually finishing the bike 40 seconds up on Charles. Brandon managed to hang on for third into T2, about 1:16 back, with Crowley coming in at 4:34 and Jackson rounding out the top five after a solid ride that moved her to 5:30 behind the defending champ.
No touching Ryf on the run
Ryf finished the day with a 3:00:02 marathon to come across the line in 8:50:47 for a win she called the "hardest of her career." Charles would hang tough for second, joining the sub-9 club with her 8:59:38 thanks to a 3:08:09 marathon split. Crowley and Jackson would put together quite a duel on the marathon, with the Australian getting third (9:01:38) thanks to her 3:05:37 split, leaving Jackson to finish fourth in 9:02:29.
Swim (3.86 km)
Bike (180.2 km)
Run (42.2 km)