Photo Credit: Ironman South Africa
Cast your mind back almost one year and all the talk was about the torrid conditions creating one of the toughest but most memorable IRONMAN events ever experienced on the African continent and for many, anywhere in the world. This year, in stark contrast, Nelson Mandela Bay blessed athletes with near perfect conditions while spectators were enjoyed some scintillating racing as Switzerland’s Ronnie Schildknecht took it home in the men’s PRO field and USA’s Jessie Donavan came up
trumps for the ladies.
Schildknecht makes victory look effortless
Spain’s Jon Unanue showed what he can do in the water, putting in a solid performance giving him only a slight advantage heading into T1 with a swim split of 00:49:16. He was closely followed by the Netherlands’ Bas Diederen 00:49:26 and Austria’s Berger Dominik 00:49:28. The much-lauded Faris Al-Sultan (GER) stayed up close to the leading bunch with eventual winner Schildknecht and South African favourite, James Cunnama a little way back.
Unanue took his slim
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