The most anticipated race in the IRONMAN calendar took place on Saturday with the biggest names battling for World Championship titles. There was also the Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup, which switched to the duathlon format.
IRONMAN World Championship Kona
Lucy Charles once again showed her class taking the fastest swim accolade in Kona before going on to take second behind the now four times world champ Daniela Ryf (SUI). In the men’s race David McNamee ran his way to third for a second year in a row. There was also Age Group success for GB athletes including gold for Ruth Purbrook (25-29).
2018 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup
The swim was replaced with a run at this weekends World Cup in Sarasota due to bacteria in the water. Grant Sheldon came tenth in only his second ever international duathlon. He came into the final run leg in a group of fast runners. Vincent Luis was a clear winner, but just 11 seconds separated silver from Sheldon. Calum Johnson closely followed to finish 12th. Lucy Hall finished in 23rd in another really close race, which was won by Renee Tomlin (USA) from Kirsten Kasper (USA), Vendula Frintova (CZE) and Yuliya Yelistratova (UKR) who were all just a one second behind her.