Jan Frodeno wins the 2019 Ironman World Champs

Jan Frodeno has won today’s Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. The German broke the course record in the process with a time of seven hours and 51 minutes, securing his third Kona title. After being near the head of the race on the swim and bike, Alistair Brownlee faded on the run to finish 21st on his Kona debut.

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Kona 2019 once again had quite possibly the strongest men’s field in the 41-year-old history of the Ironman World Championships. The big name contenders were all present, including a two-time Olympic Champion by the name of Alistair Brownlee on his Kona (and full Ironman) debut.

The 3.8km swim in Kailua-Kona town began after the U.S. national anthem at 6:25am, and swim course record holder, Australia’s Josh Amberger, and Brownlee were straight to the front. The two-time Kona champ and another Olympic gold medallist, Jan Frodeno, was soon to join them in conditions described as the having the biggest swell in at least a decade of Kona races.