The pinnacle of our Kona 2016 coverage each year is our extensive race-day gallery. The race this year was fast and furious, with dominant performances by defending champions Jan Frodeno and Daniella Ryf. But the race was always in contention, particularly for the podium spots. Germans swept on the Men's side, with Frodeno, Kienle, and Lange rounding out the first all-German podium since Hellriegel, Zack, and Leder filled out the podium in 1997. On the Women's side, it was Ryf with daylight behind her, finishing over 23 minutes ahead of Carfrae, who took 2nd. Ryf shattered the women's course record of 8:52:14 by almost 6 minutes with a time of 8:46:46. Heather Jackson rounded out the podium, as the first American female on the podium in 10 years. Enjoy the gallery!
1. Jan Frodeno (GER)
Frodeno took the top spot for the 2nd year in a row. He started the day swimming in the lead group with Andy Potts, and was 3rd out of the water in 48:02. He then hammered hard on the bike, and finished that segment in 3rd with a time of 4:29:00, 20 seconds behind the leader (Keinle). After T2, however, he had leapfrogged into 1st place. He ran shoulder to shoulder with Keinle for the first part of the run, and pulled away by the energy lab, finishing the race in 1st place with a time of 8:06:30.
2. Sebastian Kienle (GER)
Keinle had a slow start to the day, coming out of T1 about 4 minutes behind the leaders. He then surged on the bike, ultimately finishing the bike leg in 1st place, with a split of 4:23:56. He ran shoulder to shoulder with Frodeno for the first part of the run, but got dropped heading into the energy lab, and finished in 2nd with a time of 8:10:02.
20. Patrick Lange (GER)
Today was Lange's first time racing in Kona, but that didn't stop him from having an incredible performance. He recieved a penalty early on the bike, and came into T2 in 23rd place, but by 19 miles into the run, was up to 6th. He kept hammering the pace, finishing the run in 2:39:45, breaking the run course record set by Mark Allen in 1989, and rounding out an all-German podium. His time was 8:11:14, and without the penalty on the bike, he would have taken 2nd place, and had a chance at the win. We hope to see big things from Patrik in the future.
101. Daniela Ryf (SUI)
Ryf had a great swim, and started the bike leg at the front. She was the first woman off the bike, with a bike split of 4:52:26, and started the run looking great. She shattered the women's course record of 8:52:14 by almost 6 minutes with a time of 8:46:46. This was over 23 minutes ahead of 2nd place finisher Mirinda Carfrae. Ryf swam 52:50, biked 4:52:26, and ran 2:56:52.
111. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
Carfrae started the day with a slow swim, and dropped further back on the bike, coming into T2 22:15 behind the leader. She wasted no time and was up 6 places after 8 miles, and kept her foot on the gas pedal the whole way to finish in 2nd place, with a time of 9:10:30. Her pace was fast enough to decimate the rest of the field, but not fast enough to close on Ryf, who actually ran almost 2 minutes faster than Carfrae today.
104. Heather Jackson (USA)
Jackson had a solid performance today, finishing in 3rd place in just her 2nd year at Kona, and imporving on her 5th place finish last year. This also gave her the top American prize, and was the first time an American female was on the podium in 10 years.