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Tough competition as IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship men’s race begins

By LIESL SILVERMAN - Sep 2, 2018
Tough competition as IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship men’s race begins

The Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World championship men’s race commenced at 7:30am, on Sunday, with the male athletes setting a competitive pace right off the bat.

The colder weather conditions and fog didn’t put a damper on the athletes, who sprinted into the sea for the first phase of the race, the 1.93 Km swim.

The male athletes cut through the waves and emerged to start their 90.1km bike ride.

A cut-throat pace was set on the onset of the bike ride with athletes Jan Frodeno (37), from Germany and Alistair Brownlee (30), from UK, vying for the top spot.

Athlete, Jan Frodeno (24), a two time IRONMAN World Champion, took the lead and raced ahead of other competitors. However, after a few minutes into the bike race, Alistair Brownlee (30), England’s Olympic hero, came up close on heels and passed him to take first place.

Athletes Alistair Brownlee (30), Jan Frodeno (37), Ben Kanute (25), Javier Gomez (35) and Sam Appleton (27) held the top five spots and were neck to neck throughout the men’s bike ride.

Alistair Brownlee, from West Yorkshire in England, won gold for Triathlon in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and has competed in three IRONMAN competitions.

Athlete, Jan Frodeno, from Germany, has won the title two times. He also broke the IRONMAN course record at the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside in April.

As the men entered the third phase, the 21Km run, they had to change their shoes as quickly as possible.

Jan Frodeno (37) took the lead, with Alistair Brownlee close on his heels.

With such a tough race and each of the four athlete’s neck on neck, any outcome is possible.

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