Anne Haug takes Kona victory

Anne Haug today made it a German sweep of the top step of the Ironman World Championship podium, crossing the line in 8:40hrs to win her first Kona title after Jan Frodeno had scored victory in the men’s race. Haug would pass Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay halfway through the run to deny Britain a first Kona crown since 2012.

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The talk ahead of the women’s Ironman World Championships race was largely centred on the battle between four-time Kona champ and Swiss athlete Daniela Ryf and Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay. The latter had led out of the swim and for the vast majority of the bike for the past two editions of Hawaii, but Ryf had run her way to Kona glory. 

Once again, @LucyAnneCharles first out of the women’s swim, this year in 49:07. #IMwc2019 pic.twitter.com/XBwCTCwRPD

— 220Triathlon (@220Triathlon) October 12, 2019

The big swell on the swim saw Charles post a slightly slower time than in 2018, coming out of the 3.8km swim in 49:02mins, first female and ninth overall including the men’s field. At the halfway point of the 180km bike, Charles, 26, was leading by 5mins over Germany’s Anne Haug, 36, a formidable runner on both the ITU and Ironman circuit.