Hoffman and Charles super in South Africa

Ben Hoffman is back, taking his third Ironman African Championship title, while Lucy Charles continued her winning ways with a second-straight women's title.

| April 8, 2019 | NEWS

Lucy Charles (Archive photo).

Lucy Charles (Archive photo).

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Hoffman back on top in South Africa

Extreme weather conditions forced race organizers to shorten the swim to 1.6 km. Leading the way out of the water for the men was, as expected, Aussie Josh Amberger. He was followed about a minute later by a group that included Germany's Nils Frommhold and Maurice Clavel, along with two-time winner of the championship (2016 and 2017), American Ben Hoffman. The American had a tough 2018 season that ended with a stress fracture that kept him out of the Ironman World Championship last fall.

Hoffman moved to the front of the race early in the bike, but had some fast company in the form of Clavel, Frommhold, Amberger, Eneko Llanos (ESP), Tim Van Berkel (AUS) and Italy's Guilio Molinari. Hoffman would break clear towards the end of the bike and started the run with a 1:30 cushion on the group. He would open up even more of a gap during the marathon, winning the day in 7:34:20. Frommhold was six-minutes down for second, with Michael Weiss (AUT) taking third.

Ironman South Africa 2019 | Men

April 7, 2019 | Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Rang

Name

Country

Total

1.6 km swim

180 km bike

42.2 km run

1

Ben Hoffman

USA

7:34:20

26:04

4:24:25

2:39:18

2

Nils Frommhold

GER

7:40:13

25:49

4:26:24

2:43:43

3

Michael Weiss

AUT

7:42:36

30:06

4:24:19

2:43:42

4

Eneko Llanos

ESP

7:45:00

25:57

4:28:25

2:45:58

5

Maurice Clavel

GER

7:45:30

25:55

4:26:27

2:49:04

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Charles in charge

With two of the best swimmers the sport has ever seen in the field, it came as no surprise to see Great Britain's Lucy Charles lead the way out of the water with American Lauren Brandon on her heels. The race wasn't a "Charles lead from start to finish" affair, though, as Germany's Anja Ippach blasted by the two frontrunners , opening up a three-minute gap to the two super swimmers.

Charles would quickly get herself back to the front, though, getting to the line in 8:35:32, well ahead of runner-up Gurutze Frades (8:40) from Spain, who used her blazing running prowess to run her way to second, five minutes back. Third place went to South Africa's Annah Watkinson (8:43:19 hours).

Ironman South Africa 2019 | Women

April 7, 2019 | Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Rang

Name

Country

Overall

1.6 km swim

180 km bike

42.2 km run

1

Lucy Charles

GBR

8:35:32

25:21

5:05:47

2:59:33

2

Gurutze Frades

ESP

8:40:48

33:00

5:10:08

2:52:41

3

Annah Watkinson

ZAF

8:43:19

30:45

5:12:18

2:55:03

4

Lauren Brandon

USA

8:53:36

25:29

5:05:42

3:17:55

5

Anja Ippach

GER

8:57:11

29:40

4:58:10

3:24:39

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