Kyle Buckingham (34) is likely to travel to Kailua-Kona without any victory or podium ambitions, but the South African is a very balanced athlete. He finished second at Ironman Brazil in 2017 and finished fourth at Ironman South Africa. In 2013 Buckingham competed in Kona as an age grouper and was 16th overall and the top age group competitor on the day. His pro efforts haven't been as successful, but the 34-year-old has had a good year and knows the Kona conditions. A top-10 finish is certainly a possibility.