James Cunnama just missed breaking eight hours as he took Ironman Hamburg in impressive style over Horst Reichel and Markus Fachbach.
August 13, 2017 | NEWS|
Spaniard Carlos Lopez Diaz led the way out of the water (47:38), leading a group that included South Africa's James Cunnama and Germans Horst Reichel, Markus Fachbach and Alexander Schilling by 1:20. had about a minute behind.
Cunnama attacks on the bike
Once out of the water it didn't take long for the South African to make his mark on the race. By 20 km the chase group had caught Lopez and through most of the first lap of the two-loop bike course a group consisting of Cunnama, Reichel, Fachbach, Lopez and Schilling rode together before the South African decided it was time to go it along. Initially Fachbach was able to stay with the South African, but eventually he would be dropped, too, as Cunnama flew into T2 after a 4:24:32 bike split, leading Fachbach by 12 minutes and Reichel and Schilling by another three.
If the bike wasn't impressive enough, Cunnama's 3:45/ km pace on the run was even more impressive as he easily took the title and just missed breaking the eight-hour barrier (8:00:36) after a 2:40 marathon.
Fachbach held on for second through the initial stages of the marathon, but Reichel would eventually run by to take second in 8:22:27, leaving Fachbach to take the final spot on the podium in 8:25:36.
"It worked really well for me today," Cunnama said after the race. "I felt strongly in all disciplines. The atmosphere was fantastic, I am very happy that I could win the first race here."
Ironman Hamburg | Men
August 13, 2017 | Hamburg, Germany.
3.8 km Swim
180 km Bike
42.2 km Run
Carlos Lopez Diaz