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Ironman Pro’s ready for action

By Jesica Slabbert - Aug 31, 2018
Ironman Pro’s ready for action

As Ironman fever sets in in the Friendly City, many of the competitors and members of the Ironman team are making their way through Nelson Mandela Bay to take in the sights and sounds, not to mention finding their way through the bike and run routes of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

A press conference was held at the Marine Hotel in Summerstrand for the top-five professional men and women competitors of the Ironman, who will be competing in the 70.3 World Championship this weekend.

Among the professional women was Lucy Charles (GBR); winner of the Ironman African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay in April, Emma Pallant (GBR), Daniela Ryf (CHE), Jeanni Seymour (ZAF), and Sarah True (USA).

Among the professional men were Sam Appleton (AUS), Alistair Brownlee (GBR), James Cunnama (ZAF), Javier Goméz Noya (ESP), and Ben Kanute (USA).

Representing South Africa on the Professional stage will be Jeanni Seymour for the women and James Cunnama for the men; both very highly respected Ironman competitors for many years.

“This is where my journey started in triathlon, and for the Ironman 70.3 World Champs to be in South Africa; I wouldn’t have imagined even sitting here amongst the best in the sport, so I feel pretty humbled,” said Seymour.

“I am very proud to be sitting here as one of the very South Africans, not only in this field but as a professional, I’m pretty stoked.”

Jeanni has competed in 13 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, six of which she walked away from as the champion.

Cunnama started his Ironman journey as a volunteer before he was bitten by the triathlon bug and took part in his first full Ironman in 2007.

“I was a volunteer on the course, just watching these crazy people do this crazy sport, but it didn’t take me very long to pick up a bike and do a duathlon and then realize I need to figure out how to swim and then do my first Ironman in 2007,” he said.

“Triathlon is growing as a sport and South Africans are mad about endurance sport and you can see it during the Ironman with the crowds. People will make braais and pitch tents on the side of the road for Ironman here; they don’t do this anywhere else in the world for the Ironman course.”

The Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be taking place on the 1st and 2nd of September; who will you be supporting?

Have a look at some of the exciting Ironman events that took place this week: