eIn races over 3.86 kilometers of swimming, 180.2 kilometers of cycling and 42.2 kilometers of running brings the participants to their limits – and beyond. It's been a long day on which a lot is happening. Be it the pros or the approximately 2400 age-group athletes.
The bumping "bum"
Jan Frodeno just gave one of his many interviews when he was jostled from behind. For a moment, the great triumphant looked a little irritated before he realized who had easily bumped into the interview zone: Alistair Brownlee. The British Hawaii debutant. He was regarded as a winning candidate, kept on the bike for a long time, despite a flat foot, before he fell back significantly and than 21st more than half an hour to Frodeno to the finish, where he let himself out of sheer frustration for inappropriate body contact. "He has always been a bum," countered Frodeno.
The brave Japanese
It should not be this time. At 87, Hiromu Inada again ventured into Hawaii. A year ago, the brave Japanese made it to the finish before the maximum of 17 hours – but now Inada heard the magic four words: "You are an Ironman" not. After about 150 kilometers, Inada got out. Time did not continue.
The prototype on the foot
Jan Frodeno wore a very special pair of running shoes on the final marathon. One that is not yet to buy. A prototype that was treasured like a treasure. The shoe will only be available on the market in the coming year before the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The beaten triathletes
Their fifth title win in series seemed only a formality. But it was different for the Swiss Daniela Ryf. A year ago, the now 32-year-old was not even stopped by a painful jellyfish attacks, this time she played in the medal not even in the approach a role. 13th place, over half an hour slower than the German winner Anne Haug. An upset stomach, which she had contracted in the days before, did not allow more.
The party at the finish line
At midnight, there was just a party atmosphere on Ali'i Drive. And right in the middle is Jan Frodeno with a T-shirt and flowery Bermuda shorts and Anne Haug wearing a tank top and a denim skirt. They received the last of the 41st Ironman. A matter of honor, a tradition. And also a moment of great emotions. When an American with two prosthetic legs and arm brace with the last strength, but overjoyed to the finish, also clapped Frodeno with his hands over his head and the greatest respect. And the last, the 80-year-old Al Tarkington, also from the United States, got the finisher wreath from the hands of the champion.
[Frozen] Jan Frodeno