Kailua-Kona was buzzing earlier than the solar rose Thursday morning, with about 2,500 triathletes and 1000’s of volunteers and spectators prepared for the return of the Ironman World Championship.
After the world-class occasion was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the crowds have been again.
Eight-time Ironman World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser, the “Queen of Kona,” mentioned on the Ironman broadcast that the city was so full of pleasure it “nearly felt like a earthquake had struck.”
The 140.6-mile triathon features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and marathon (26.2-mile run). For the primary time there may be two-race format. At present, the professional ladies, womenʻs age teams and a few menʻs age teams race. On Saturday, the professional males and the remainder of the menʻs age teams compete.
At exactly 6:25 a.m., after the blowing of the conch shell and the enjoying of the Nationwide Anthem and the Hawaiian nationwide anthem, a area of 45 skilled ladies started the out-and-back swim in Kailua Bay.
Whereas the water regarded calm from the pier, the situations have been uneven with swells.
As anticipated, first out of the water was Lucy Charles-Barclay at 50 minutes, 57 seconds. It was slower than her report end for the swim in 48:14 n 2018. She had constructed a 41 second lead over Lauren Brandon, the second lady out of the water. Brandon is a former NCAA All-American swimmer from the College of Nebraska.
The third-place finisher within the swim was Rebecca Clarke of New Zealand, simply three seconds behind Brandon.
5-time Ironman World Champion and race favourite Daniela Ryf of Switzerland was 14th out of the water in 57:52, however she holds the feminine report for the 112-mile bike course with 4:26:07 in 2018.
Editorʻs Be aware: Massive Island Now will present updates because the race progresses.