Cape Town - The Standard Bank IRONMAN
African Championship got off to a spectacular start early on Sunday at Nelson Mandela Bay’s Hobie Beach.
The canon sounded at 06:30
after which the top pro male athletes took off into the ocean. The swim covers
a distance of 3.8km and the sea temperature was 18.6 degrees Celsius making it a
wetsuit optional swim.
The first pro male athlete out
of the water was Josh Amberger, from Australia, with a superb time of 46:23. Second
out the water was Peru Alfaro San Ildefonso, from Spain (+01:48) followed by Evert
Scheltinga, from the Netherlands (+01:50).
Lucy Charles (UK) was the
first pro female athlete out of the water with a stunning swim time of 47:31.
Charles proved again why she is one of the best swimmers in the sport. Canadian
Rachel McBride (+05:15) was second out of the water, with Charlotte Morel,
hailing from France fast on her heels (+05:25).
Swimming results for pro male triathletes:
1. Josh Amberger – 46:23
Peru Alfaro San Ildefonso - +01:48
3. Evert Scheltinga - +01:50
Swimming results for pro female triathletes:
1. Lucy Charles – 47:31
2. Rachel McBride - +05:15
3. Charlotte Morel - +05:25
At the 45km mark of the
cycling Amberger kept his place in first position with a time of 01:50:08.
Amberger was followed by Cameron Wurf with a time of 01:51:33. Ildefonso dropped from second place to fifth place at the 45km mark. Last
year’s winner, Ben Hoffman,
placed in fourth position at the 45km with a time of 01:52:57, following Giulio
Molinari in third.
In the pro female race, Charles crossed the 45km mark in first position with a time of 02:02:51,
holding on to her place after a strong head start in the swim. McBride followed
in second position with a time of 02:09:47. Morel tied with Nikki
Bartlett, both attaining a time of 02:11:38 and coming in third position.
Wurf took the
opportunity to overtake Amberger between 45km and 90km on the cycle and was
seen to come in first position at the turnaround point at 90km with a time of
02:58:58. Amberger had a time of +02:23 and in third position, Molinari
had a time of +03:00. Kyle Buckingham (South African) placed fourth with a time
of +05:22 and fifth place went to Hoffman (+05:26).
At the 90km turnaround point,
Charles and McBride kept their first and second positions with times of
03:16:44 and +09:03. Susie Cheetham overtook Morel between 45km and 90km and
landed with a time of +10:04. Morel placed fourth with a time of +13:16 with
Emma Pallant placing fifth at +14:41.
The top 3 male pro athletes
passing the 110km mark were Wurf, Amberger and Molinari. Wurf had a time of
03:25:24, while Amberger came in at 03:28:58 and Molinari had a time of
Top female pro athletes
passing the 110km mark were Charles in a time of 03:51:36 followed by
Cheetham in a time of 04:01:26. In third position with a time 04:01:39 was
The 152km mark saw the top 5
male pro athletes come in with Wurf in first position (04:35:54), Hoffman in
second (04:39:16), Eneko Llanos coming in third (04:39:17), Maurice Clavel
taking fourth place (04:39:20) and fifth went to Scheltinga (04:47:08).
The top 5 female pro athletes
at the 152km mark were first place Charles (05:06:19), second place was taken
by Cheetham (05:16:23), third was McBride (05:16:29). Corbin came in fourth
position (05:22:44) and fifth was taken by Morel (05:23:14).
Wurf was the first
male pro triathlete to come off the bike with a time of 05:12:31, transitioning
promptly into the running section of the race at approximately 11:43 AM. Second
to finish the cycle was Amberger (+07:42) and third was
The first female pro
triathlete to transition into the running section of the race was Charles
after 05:47:47. McBride transitioned second 11 minutes 29 seconds after
Charles. Third was Cheetham (+12:00).
Cycling results for pro male triathletes:
1. Cameron Wurf – 05:12:31
2. Josh Amberger - +07:42
3. Kyle Buckingham - +09:44
Cycling results for pro female triathletes:
1. Lucy Charles – 05:47:47
2. Rachel McBride - +11:29
3. Susie Cheetham - +12:00
21km into the run saw the top
male pro athlete keep his place in first position with a time of 06:39:16.
Amberger was also able to keep second position with a time of +05:00 minutes.
Buckingham was also consistent and kept his third position with a time of +05:16
Buckingham was able to run
ahead of Wurf, coming in first position at the 29km mark with a time of
07:16:19. Wurf came in second at this mark (+00:11) and third position went to
Buckingham was still holding
on to first position at 31.5km (07:26:56). Second was Wurf (07:28:01) and third
was taken by Amberger with a time of 07:28:48.
The African Championship went to Kyle Buckingham with a total time of 08:12:59. Buckingham
commented that, “(I) grabbed the South African flag running down the red
carpet… it’s just a phenomenal feeling… (I’m) proud to be an ambassador for
Nelson Mandela Bay”.
In second place was Amberger with a total time of 08:16:00.
“I really gave it my best shot today… Buckingham is a fantastic athlete… I’m
really thrilled with my result,” says Amberger.
Clavel came in third
with a total time of 08:18:50.
Wurf came in fourth with a total time of
08:20:06. In an interview after the race, Wurf said, “I had a good lead and
felt pretty good,” adding that, “I was really happy for Kyle, I saw him on the
first lap… and really wanted him to win… I’m really glad for him”.
went to Ronnie Schildknecht in a time of 08:23:08.
In the ladies race, the 2018 African Championship went to Britain’s Lucy Charles with
a total time of 08:56:06. She lead throughout the race and looked comfortable
to the end. Charles said, “My main plan was to validate for the World
Championships… and I’ve done that and I’m happy with that… the run is always
the toughest part”.
In second place was Susie Cheetham with a time of 09:02:58.
Susie commented “overall I’ve had a good performance… I can’t complain… this is
my fourth time here, and I think it’s been my best performance”.
went to Linsey Corbin, attaining a time of 09:07:10. Corbin says that, “It was
a beautiful… and a challenging course… racing in Africa is a dream come true…
my plan was to focus on myself… I just raced my own race and it ended up
working out pretty well for me”.
Rachel McBride came in fourth position with a
time of 09:18:34. The fifth position went to Manon Genêt with a total time of 09:21:59.
Final results for pro male triathletes:
1. Kyle Buckingham – 08:12:59
2. Josh Amberger – 08:16:00
3. Maurice Clavel – 08:18:50
Final results for pro female triathletes:
1. Lucy Charles – 08:56:06
2. Susie Cheetham – 09:02:58
3. Linsey Corbin – 09:07:10