Daniela Ryf and Lucy Charles dominated the 2017 women’s IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i and took the coveted first and second podium places after battling it out for a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile marathon.
Ryf became the first woman to three-peat the IRONMAN World Championship since 2009 and the fourth woman in the history of the race after coming home in 8:50:47.
For two-thirds of the race, Charles, the young British sensation, held a healthy 5-minute lead on the Swiss force after an impressive 48:48 minute swim.
Ryf passed Charles on the bike in the final 10km of the ride and then took off on the run of which there was no catching her.
She said afterwards: “It was a tough day and Lucy (Charles) really challenged me all day—I was struggling. I was trying to catch up and I didn’t think it would take me that long to catch up. At 60km I had to make a decision—either all in and risk not finishing or lose the race. There were certainly times when I didn’t think it was possible. But it’s not always coming for free and sometimes you have those days. It was painful, really hard, and it was really hot, probably It was the hottest I ever felt.”
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