Ironman World Championship: Jan Frodeno victorious in pro men’s race

Jan Frodeno has won the 2016 Ironman World Championship title in Kona, Hawaii, breaking free from Sebastian Kienle at 15km on the run to successfully defend his title. Frodeno’s finish was 8:06:30, just short of breaking Craig Alexander’s 8:03:56 course record.


The 40th edition of the Ironman World Championships started with many course and national records under threat. Germany’s Jan Frodeno, having broken the iron-distance world record at Challenge Roth in July, would be aiming to go sub-8hr in Kona and break Craig Alexander’s 2011 course record.

For the Brits, meanwhile, Spencer Smith’s long-standing Kona record of 5th was the goal, with David McNamee, Joe Skipper and Tim Don all in the mix following encouraging performances at Hawaii in 2015.