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The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship gets off to a thrilling start

By Liesl Silverman - Sep 1, 2018
The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship gets off to a thrilling start

Hosted on the African continent for the first time, The Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World championship got off to a good a start on Saturday morning, with perfect weather conditions and calm seas in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Women’s World Champion Race started promptly at 7.00am at Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth, as the female athletes rushed into the sea to begin their 1.93 Km swim. The athletes navigated the waves well and emerged soon after to then start their 90.1km bike ride.

From the start of the bike ride, athlete Lucy Charles (24) from Hertfordshire, UK, took the lead and raced ahead of her competitors.

Lucy Charles won second place in the Ironman World Championship in 2017 and was the winner of the Ironman African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay in April 2018.

Athlete, Daniela Ryf (31) from Switzerland, The defending IRONMAN 70.3 world champion, was close on Lucy Charles heels and has been described as unstoppable.

Half an hour later, Daniela Ryf (31) took the lead, with Lucy Charles (24) falling into second place.

As the women entered the third part of the race, the 21Km run, Daniele Ryf kept her place in the lead, with a good strong stride.

As the race unfolds, supporters will watch with baited breath to see who will keep the lead as the ladies go into the last stretch of the race.

 

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