Ryf and Nilsson tops in Texas

Daniela Ryf and Patrik Nilsson both ran their way to the top of the podium at the Ironman North American Championship in Texas.

| April 28, 2019 | NEWS

Daniela Ryf secured the win at the Ironman North American Championship thanks to a 2:57:24 run split. (Archive photo.)

Daniela Ryf secured the win at the Ironman North American Championship thanks to a 2:57:24 run split. (Archive photo.)

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The men's swim started without any surprises - Sweden's Alexander Berggren, originally a swimmer, led the way out of the water in 49:03. Balasz Csoke (HUN) and Patrik Nilsson (SWE) followed Breggren less than 15-seconds later.

Andrew Starykowicz (USA), who was fourth out of the water, used his strong bike skills to quickly move to the front of the race. The American extended his lead throughout the bike leg thanks to the day's fastest bike split (4:03:02) to enter T2 with a lead of 8:53 on Nilsson.

Nilsson was able to overtake the American in the first half of the run and never looked back posting the fastest run split of the day (2:42:21) to take the win in 7:50:55. Slovenia's David Plese, who fought his way to third place on the bike, was able to maintain pass Starykowicz in the last few kilometers of the run to take second in 8:01:50. Starykowicz finished third in 8:03:53.

Ironman North American Championship| Men

April 27, 2019 | The Woodlands, Texas

Name

Country

Total

3.86 km Swim

180.2 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Patrik Nilsson

SWE

07:50:55

00:49:18

04:13:18

02:42:21

2

David Plese

SLO

08:01:50

00:52:08

04:17:45

02:46:23

3

Andrew Starykowicz

USA

08:03:53

00:50:39

04:03:02

03:04:39

4

Joe Skipper

GBR

08:05:03

00:53:33

04:21:24

02:44:39

5

Matt Hanson

USA

08:09:28

00:53:39

04:20:48

02:50:09

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McCauley challenges Ryf

Switzerland's Daniela Ryf, fresh off a big win at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside earlier this month, was the clear favorite in Texas. Ryf led the way out of the water in 54:03, but she was less than 10 seconds up on American Jocelyn McCauley and South African Jeanni Seymour. 

Ryf and McCauley stayed close together on the bike route as Brit Kimberley Morrison passed Seymour to move into third. Surprisingly, Ryf couldn't separate herself from the rest of the women and it was Morrison, thanks to the day's fastest bike split (4:36:42), who was the first woman into T2.

Ryf had some problems through the beginning of the run, but started to get back into the picuture after 10 km. McCauley was able to hold the lead until 30 km of the marathon before Ryf took the lead and stayed out in front to take the win in 8:37:48. McCauley finished 1:52 later in second, while third went to Seymour, who was making her full-distance debut, in 8:50:03.

Ironman Texas 2019 | Women

April 27, 2019 | The Woodlands, Texas

Name

Country

Total

3.86 km Swim

180.2 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Daniela Ryf

SUI

08:37:48

00:54:03

04:40:40

02:57:24

2

Jocelyn McCauley

USA

08:39:41

00:54:09

04:40:21

02:59:33

2

Jeanni Seymour

RSA

08:58:03

00:54:10

04:57:47

03:00:48

4

Lesley Smith

USA

09:03:17

00:56:41

05:00:07

03:00:04

5

Kimberley Morrison

GBR

09:03:45

00:58:20

04:36:42

03:23:38

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