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Jan Frodeno takes IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title after close finish

By LIESL SILVERMAN - Sep 2, 2018
Jan Frodeno takes IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title after close finish

There was a thrilling turn of events on Sunday’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship men’s race, as Javier Gomez (35), who held fifth place throughout the race passed competition to come in at third Place.

Jan Frodeno (37), from Germany, a two time IRONMAN 70.3 Champion, grabbed first place, after a tough, nail-baiting competition, where the top three male athletes, Frodeno, Brownlee and Gomez, battled for top position.

Olympic triathlon winner, Alistair Brownlee (30) from the UK, came in a close second place with a one minute gap. In third place was Javier Gomez (35), the defending IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion from Spain.

Throughout the competition it was difficult to tell who would take the top three positions. At the start of the race Alistair Brown was in first position, Jan Frodeno was in second  and Ben Kanute looked strong in third position.

However, as the men entered the last stretch, the 21 KM run, positions changed with Jan Frodeno going into first place, while Alistair Brownlee and Javier Gomez, jostled for second place.

Jan Frodeno, gave an incredible race with a time of 03:36:31, Alistair Brownlee had a time of 03:37:42, while Javier Gomez came in with a time of 03:38:27.

Jan Frodeno, who spent his childhood in Cape Town said, “It is great to be back here in South Africa and epic to win here in front of this crowd. My slip and tumble was unfortunate, but it had to do with the bike swap over.”

“It was a tough race today, but I had my running legs. I was running for my life and could hear Javier Gomez right behind me” he added.

Alistair Brownlee said of the race, “I did what I could, it was a hard day. I wanted to get away from Javier Gomez. I wanted to win, but I just couldn’t get ahead of Frodeno”.

Javier Gomez, commented “I got a stitch in the run and just couldn’t pick up my pace, so Brownlee passed me. The weather wasn’t great today, but supporters still came out and supported us, which was great”.

Spirits were high as the three winner’s sprayed champagne in celebration and the crowds cheered on the rest of the athletes coming through the finish line.