Kona 2018: Race Day Gallery
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Oct 13, 2018  hits 254,937

At last, our Kona journey has reached its zenith, with the biggest and most important triathlon of the year: the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. As usual, there were lots of fireworks on race day. Exceptionally-good course conditions saw records fall. Both men and women set new Kona-best times. It was an awesome race.

On the men's side, the withdrawal of 2016 and 2015 champ Jan Frodeno turned the race into a bit of a different beast, with all eyes on defending 2017 winner Patrick Lange, last year's runner-up Lionel Sanders, 2014 Ironman World Sebastian Kienle, and recent ITU-to-Ironman transplant Javier Gomez as almost equally-likely winners. Lange took the win, breaking the 8-hour barrier for the first time in Kona's 40-year history. Upon crossing the line, he proposed marriage to his girlfriend, who accepted.

In the women's race, everyone expected three-time winner and defending champ Daniela Ryf to take the win, with virtually no contenders to challenge her. And win she did, despite being stung by jellyfish during the swim and nearly quitting. Instead, she shattered her own course record by over TWENTY MINUTES and set a new bike course record along the way. Lucy Charles rode an incredible ride and took second, with Anne Haug rounding out the podium. Many were eager to see how three-time champ Mirinda Carfrae would fare, returning for her first World Championship race since becoming a new mother. She performed beautifully, coming in just off the podium.

See all of our Kona coverage right here.



M1 - Patrick Lange (GER) 

  • M1 - Patrick Lange (GER)
  • M1 - Patrick Lange (GER)
  • M1 - Patrick Lange (GER)
  • M1 - Patrick Lange (GER)
  • M1 - Patrick Lange (GER)
  • M1 - Patrick Lange (GER)

M2 - Lionel Sanders (CAN) 

  • M2 - Lionel Sanders (CAN)
  • M2 - Lionel Sanders (CAN)
  • M2 - Lionel Sanders (CAN)
  • M2 - Lionel Sanders (CAN)
  • M2 - Lionel Sanders (CAN)
  • M2 - Lionel Sanders (CAN)

M3 - Sebastian Kienle (GER) 

  • M3 - Sebastian Kienle (GER)
  • M3 - Sebastian Kienle (GER)
  • M3 - Sebastian Kienle (GER)
  • M3 - Sebastian Kienle (GER)
  • M3 - Sebastian Kienle (GER)

M5 - David McNamee (GBR) 

  • M5 - David McNamee (GBR)
  • M5 - David McNamee (GBR)
  • M5 - David McNamee (GBR)
  • M5 - David McNamee (GBR)
  • M5 - David McNamee (GBR)

M6 - James Cunnama (ZAF) 

  • M6 - James Cunnama (ZAF)
  • M6 - James Cunnama (ZAF)
  • M6 - James Cunnama (ZAF)
  • M6 - James Cunnama (ZAF)
  • M6 - James Cunnama (ZAF)

M7 - Javier Gomez (ESP) 

  • M7 - Javier Gomez (ESP)
  • M7 - Javier Gomez (ESP)
  • M7 - Javier Gomez (ESP)
  • M7 - Javier Gomez (ESP)
  • M7 - Javier Gomez (ESP)
  • M7 - Javier Gomez (ESP)

M8 - Patrik Nilsson (SWE) 

  • M8 - Patrik Nilsson (SWE)
  • M8 - Patrik Nilsson (SWE)

M9 - Josh Amberger (AUS) 

  • M9 - Josh Amberger (AUS)
  • M9 - Josh Amberger (AUS)
  • M9 - Josh Amberger (AUS)
  • M9 - Josh Amberger (AUS)
  • M9 - Josh Amberger (AUS)
  • M9 - Josh Amberger (AUS)

M10 - Braden Currie (NZL) 

  • M10 - Braden Currie (NZL)
  • M10 - Braden Currie (NZL)
  • M10 - Braden Currie (NZL)

M11 - Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 

  • M11 - Frederik Van Lierde (BEL)
  • M11 - Frederik Van Lierde (BEL)
  • M11 - Frederik Van Lierde (BEL)

M12 - Ivan Tutukin (RUS) 

  • M12 - Ivan Tutukin (RUS)
  • M12 - Ivan Tutukin (RUS)
  • M12 - Ivan Tutukin (RUS)
  • M12 - Ivan Tutukin (RUS)

M14 - Andy Potts (USA) 

  • M14 - Andy Potts (USA)
  • M14 - Andy Potts (USA)
  • M14 - Andy Potts (USA)
  • M14 - Andy Potts (USA)
  • M14 - Andy Potts (USA)

M15 - Kyle Buckingham (ZAF) 

  • M15 - Kyle Buckingham (ZAF)
  • M15 - Kyle Buckingham (ZAF)
  • M15 - Kyle Buckingham (ZAF)
  • M15 - Kyle Buckingham (ZAF)
  • M15 - Kyle Buckingham (ZAF)

M16 - Bart Aernouts (BEL) 

  • M16 - Bart Aernouts (BEL)
  • M16 - Bart Aernouts (BEL)
  • M16 - Bart Aernouts (BEL)
  • M16 - Bart Aernouts (BEL)

M17 - Brent McMahon (CAN) 

  • M17 - Brent McMahon (CAN)
  • M17 - Brent McMahon (CAN)
  • M17 - Brent McMahon (CAN)
  • M17 - Brent McMahon (CAN)
  • M17 - Brent McMahon (CAN)
  • M17 - Brent McMahon (CAN)

M18 - Ivan Rana (ESP) 

  • M18 - Ivan Rana (ESP)
  • M18 - Ivan Rana (ESP)
  • M18 - Ivan Rana (ESP)
  • M18 - Ivan Rana (ESP)

M19 - Cameron Wurf (AUS) 

  • M19 - Cameron Wurf (AUS)
  • M19 - Cameron Wurf (AUS)
  • M19 - Cameron Wurf (AUS)
  • M19 - Cameron Wurf (AUS)
  • M19 - Cameron Wurf (AUS)

M20 - Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 

  • M20 - Tim Van Berkel (AUS)
  • M20 - Tim Van Berkel (AUS)
  • M20 - Tim Van Berkel (AUS)

M21 - Michael Weiss (AUT) 

  • M21 - Michael Weiss (AUT)
  • M21 - Michael Weiss (AUT)
  • M21 - Michael Weiss (AUT)
  • M21 - Michael Weiss (AUT)
  • M21 - Michael Weiss (AUT)

M22 - Igor Amorelli (BRA) 

  • M22 - Igor Amorelli (BRA)
  • M22 - Igor Amorelli (BRA)
  • M22 - Igor Amorelli (BRA)
  • M22 - Igor Amorelli (BRA)

M23 - Matt Hanson (USA) 

  • M23 - Matt Hanson (USA)
  • M23 - Matt Hanson (USA)
  • M23 - Matt Hanson (USA)
  • M23 - Matt Hanson (USA)
  • M23 - Matt Hanson (USA)

M24 - Joe Skipper (GBR) 

  • M24 - Joe Skipper (GBR)
  • M24 - Joe Skipper (GBR)
  • M24 - Joe Skipper (GBR)
  • M24 - Joe Skipper (GBR)
  • M24 - Joe Skipper (GBR)
  • M24 - Joe Skipper (GBR)

M25 - Maurice Clavel (GER) 

  • M25 - Maurice Clavel (GER)
  • M25 - Maurice Clavel (GER)
  • M25 - Maurice Clavel (GER)
  • M25 - Maurice Clavel (GER)

M26 - Jan van Berkel (SUI) 

  • M26 - Jan van Berkel (SUI)
  • M26 - Jan van Berkel (SUI)
  • M26 - Jan van Berkel (SUI)

M27 - Antony Costes (FRA) 

  • M27 - Antony Costes (FRA)
  • M27 - Antony Costes (FRA)
  • M27 - Antony Costes (FRA)
  • M27 - Antony Costes (FRA)
  • M27 - Antony Costes (FRA)
  • M27 - Antony Costes (FRA)

M28 - Philipp Koutny (SUI) 

  • M28 - Philipp Koutny (SUI)
  • M28 - Philipp Koutny (SUI)
  • M28 - Philipp Koutny (SUI)

M30 - Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 

  • M30 - Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
  • M30 - Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
  • M30 - Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
  • M30 - Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
  • M30 - Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
  • M30 - Andrew Starykowicz (USA)

M31 - Luke McKenzie (AUS) 

  • M31 - Luke McKenzie (AUS)
  • M31 - Luke McKenzie (AUS)
  • M31 - Luke McKenzie (AUS)
  • M31 - Luke McKenzie (AUS)
  • M31 - Luke McKenzie (AUS)
  • M31 - Luke McKenzie (AUS)

M32 - Tyler Butterfield (BMU) 

  • M32 - Tyler Butterfield (BMU)

M35 - Kevin Collington (USA) 

  • M35 - Kevin Collington (USA)
  • M35 - Kevin Collington (USA)
  • M35 - Kevin Collington (USA)
  • M35 - Kevin Collington (USA)

M36 - Marc Duelsen (GER) 

  • M36 - Marc Duelsen (GER)
  • M36 - Marc Duelsen (GER)

M37 - Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN) 

  • M37 - Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN)
  • M37 - Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN)
  • M37 - Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN)
  • M37 - Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN)
  • M37 - Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN)

M38 - Cyril Viennot (FRA) 

  • M38 - Cyril Viennot (FRA)
  • M38 - Cyril Viennot (FRA)
  • M38 - Cyril Viennot (FRA)
  • M38 - Cyril Viennot (FRA)
  • M38 - Cyril Viennot (FRA)

M39 - Mike Phillips (NZL) 

  • M39 - Mike Phillips (NZL)
  • M39 - Mike Phillips (NZL)
  • M39 - Mike Phillips (NZL)
  • M39 - Mike Phillips (NZL)

M41 - Ruedi Wild (SUI) 

  • M41 - Ruedi Wild (SUI)
  • M41 - Ruedi Wild (SUI)
  • M41 - Ruedi Wild (SUI)
  • M41 - Ruedi Wild (SUI)
  • M41 - Ruedi Wild (SUI)

M42 - Andreas Dreitz (GER) 

  • M42 - Andreas Dreitz (GER)
  • M42 - Andreas Dreitz (GER)
  • M42 - Andreas Dreitz (GER)
  • M42 - Andreas Dreitz (GER)

M43 - Timothy O’Donnell (USA) 

  • M43 - Timothy O’Donnell (USA)
  • M43 - Timothy O’Donnell (USA)
  • M43 - Timothy O’Donnell (USA)
  • M43 - Timothy O’Donnell (USA)
  • M43 - Timothy O’Donnell (USA)

M44 - Cameron Brown (NZL) 

  • M44 - Cameron Brown (NZL)
  • M44 - Cameron Brown (NZL)
  • M44 - Cameron Brown (NZL)

M45 - Romain Guillaume (FRA) 

  • M45 - Romain Guillaume (FRA)
  • M45 - Romain Guillaume (FRA)
  • M45 - Romain Guillaume (FRA)
  • M45 - Romain Guillaume (FRA)

M46 - Denis Chevrot (FRA) 

  • M46 - Denis Chevrot (FRA)
  • M46 - Denis Chevrot (FRA)
  • M46 - Denis Chevrot (FRA)
  • M46 - Denis Chevrot (FRA)

M47 - Thiago Vinhal (BRA) 

  • M47 - Thiago Vinhal (BRA)
  • M47 - Thiago Vinhal (BRA)
  • M47 - Thiago Vinhal (BRA)
  • M47 - Thiago Vinhal (BRA)

M48 - David Plese (SLO) 

  • M48 - David Plese (SLO)
  • M48 - David Plese (SLO)
  • M48 - David Plese (SLO)
  • M48 - David Plese (SLO)

M49 - Matt Chrabot (USA) 

  • M49 - Matt Chrabot (USA)
  • M49 - Matt Chrabot (USA)
  • M49 - Matt Chrabot (USA)
  • M49 - Matt Chrabot (USA)

M50 - Giulio Molinari (ITA) 

  • M50 - Giulio Molinari (ITA)
  • M50 - Giulio Molinari (ITA)
  • M50 - Giulio Molinari (ITA)

M51 - Tim Reed (AUS) 

  • M51 - Tim Reed (AUS)
  • M51 - Tim Reed (AUS)
  • M51 - Tim Reed (AUS)
  • M51 - Tim Reed (AUS)
  • M51 - Tim Reed (AUS)

M52 - Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 

  • M52 - Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI)
  • M52 - Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI)
  • M52 - Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI)
  • M52 - Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI)
  • M52 - Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI)

M54 - Simon Cochrane (NZL) 

  • M54 - Simon Cochrane (NZL)
  • M54 - Simon Cochrane (NZL)
  • M54 - Simon Cochrane (NZL)
  • M54 - Simon Cochrane (NZL)
  • M54 - Simon Cochrane (NZL)

M56 - Nick Baldwin (SEY) 

  • M56 - Nick Baldwin (SEY)
  • M56 - Nick Baldwin (SEY)
  • M56 - Nick Baldwin (SEY)
  • M56 - Nick Baldwin (SEY)
  • M56 - Nick Baldwin (SEY)

M57 - Tim Don (GBR) 

  • M57 - Tim Don (GBR)
  • M57 - Tim Don (GBR)
  • M57 - Tim Don (GBR)
  • M57 - Tim Don (GBR)
  • M57 - Tim Don (GBR)

M58 - Matthew Russell (USA) 

  • M58 - Matthew Russell (USA)
  • M58 - Matthew Russell (USA)
  • M58 - Matthew Russell (USA)
  • M58 - Matthew Russell (USA)
  • M58 - Matthew Russell (USA)
  • M58 - Matthew Russell (USA)
  • M58 - Matthew Russell (USA)

F1 - Daniela Ryf (SUI) 

  • F1 - Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • F1 - Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • F1 - Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • F1 - Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • F1 - Daniela Ryf (SUI)
  • F1 - Daniela Ryf (SUI)

F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR) 

  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)
  • F2 - Lucy Charles (GBR)

F3 - Sarah Crowley (AUS) 

  • F3 - Sarah Crowley (AUS)
  • F3 - Sarah Crowley (AUS)
  • F3 - Sarah Crowley (AUS)
  • F3 - Sarah Crowley (AUS)
  • F3 - Sarah Crowley (AUS)
  • F3 - Sarah Crowley (AUS)

F4 - Kaisa Sali (FIN) 

  • F4 - Kaisa Sali (FIN)
  • F4 - Kaisa Sali (FIN)
  • F4 - Kaisa Sali (FIN)

F5 - Susie Cheetham (GBR) 

  • F5 - Susie Cheetham (GBR)

F7 - Heather Jackson (USA) 

  • F7 - Heather Jackson (USA)
  • F7 - Heather Jackson (USA)
  • F7 - Heather Jackson (USA)
  • F7 - Heather Jackson (USA)
  • F7 - Heather Jackson (USA)

F8 - Kirsty Jahn (CAN) 

  • F8 - Kirsty Jahn (CAN)
  • F8 - Kirsty Jahn (CAN)

F9 - Sarah True (USA) 

  • F9 - Sarah True (USA)

F11 - Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 

  • F11 - Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
  • F11 - Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
  • F11 - Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
  • F11 - Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
  • F11 - Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
  • F11 - Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)

F12 - Mareen Hufe (GER) 

  • F12 - Mareen Hufe (GER)
  • F12 - Mareen Hufe (GER)
  • F12 - Mareen Hufe (GER)

F14 - Carrie Lester (AUS) 

  • F14 - Carrie Lester (AUS)
  • F14 - Carrie Lester (AUS)
  • F14 - Carrie Lester (AUS)
  • F14 - Carrie Lester (AUS)

F15 - Laura Siddall (GBR) 

  • F15 - Laura Siddall (GBR)
  • F15 - Laura Siddall (GBR)
  • F15 - Laura Siddall (GBR)

F17 - Sarah Piampiano (USA) 

  • F17 - Sarah Piampiano (USA)
  • F17 - Sarah Piampiano (USA)
  • F17 - Sarah Piampiano (USA)
  • F17 - Sarah Piampiano (USA)

F18 - Linsey Corbin (USA) 

  • F18 - Linsey Corbin (USA)
  • F18 - Linsey Corbin (USA)

F19 - Teresa Adam (NZL) 

  • F19 - Teresa Adam (NZL)
  • F19 - Teresa Adam (NZL)
  • F19 - Teresa Adam (NZL)
  • F19 - Teresa Adam (NZL)

F20 - Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 

  • F20 - Michelle Vesterby (DEN)
  • F20 - Michelle Vesterby (DEN)
  • F20 - Michelle Vesterby (DEN)

F21 - Liz Blatchford (AUS) 

  • F21 - Liz Blatchford (AUS)
  • F21 - Liz Blatchford (AUS)
  • F21 - Liz Blatchford (AUS)
  • F21 - Liz Blatchford (AUS)
  • F21 - Liz Blatchford (AUS)

F22 - Lesley Smith (USA) 

  • F22 - Lesley Smith (USA)
  • F22 - Lesley Smith (USA)
  • F22 - Lesley Smith (USA)
  • F22 - Lesley Smith (USA)

F23 - Manon Genet (FRA) 

  • F23 - Manon Genet (FRA)

F24 - Jodie Robertson (USA) 

  • F24 - Jodie Robertson (USA)
  • F24 - Jodie Robertson (USA)

F25 - Corinne Abraham (GBR) 

  • F25 - Corinne Abraham (GBR)
  • F25 - Corinne Abraham (GBR)
  • F25 - Corinne Abraham (GBR)
  • F25 - Corinne Abraham (GBR)
  • F25 - Corinne Abraham (GBR)
  • F25 - Corinne Abraham (GBR)

F26 - Rachel McBride (CAN) 

  • F26 - Rachel McBride (CAN)
  • F26 - Rachel McBride (CAN)
  • F26 - Rachel McBride (CAN)
  • F26 - Rachel McBride (CAN)
  • F26 - Rachel McBride (CAN)

F27 - Emma Pallant (GBR) 

  • F27 - Emma Pallant (GBR)

F28 - Gurutze Frades Larralde (ESP) 

  • F28 - Gurutze Frades Larralde (ESP)
  • F28 - Gurutze Frades Larralde (ESP)

F29 - Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 

  • F29 - Helle Frederiksen (DEN)
  • F29 - Helle Frederiksen (DEN)

F30 - Lisa Huetthaler (AUT) 

  • F30 - Lisa Huetthaler (AUT)

F31 - Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN) 

  • F31 - Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN)
  • F31 - Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN)

F32 - Jen Annett (CAN) 

  • F32 - Jen Annett (CAN)
  • F32 - Jen Annett (CAN)
  • F32 - Jen Annett (CAN)
  • F32 - Jen Annett (CAN)
  • F32 - Jen Annett (CAN)

F33 - Tine Deckers (BEL) 

  • F33 - Tine Deckers (BEL)

F34 - Meredith Kessler (USA) 

  • F34 - Meredith Kessler (USA)

F35 - Anne Haug (GER) 

  • F35 - Anne Haug (GER)
  • F35 - Anne Haug (GER)
  • F35 - Anne Haug (GER)

F36 - Lauren Brandon (USA) 

  • F36 - Lauren Brandon (USA)
  • F36 - Lauren Brandon (USA)
  • F36 - Lauren Brandon (USA)
  • F36 - Lauren Brandon (USA)

F38 - Asa Lundstroem (SWE) 

  • F38 - Asa Lundstroem (SWE)
  • F38 - Asa Lundstroem (SWE)
  • F38 - Asa Lundstroem (SWE)
  • F38 - Asa Lundstroem (SWE)

F39 - Beth McKenzie (USA) 

  • F39 - Beth McKenzie (USA)
  • F39 - Beth McKenzie (USA)

F40 - Katja Konschak (GER) 

  • F40 - Katja Konschak (GER)
  • F40 - Katja Konschak (GER)
  • F40 - Katja Konschak (GER)

F42 - Angela Naeth (CAN) 

  • F42 - Angela Naeth (CAN)
  • F42 - Angela Naeth (CAN)
  • F42 - Angela Naeth (CAN)
  • F42 - Angela Naeth (CAN)
  • F42 - Angela Naeth (CAN)

Misc 

The cloudy, relatively cool, low-wind conditions made for an extremely fast, record-breaking race. Here are some landscape shots of the island, as well as some athletes whose faces we couldn't recognize.

  • Misc
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  • Age groupers don't always follow the drafting rules to the letter.
  • Age groupers don't always follow the drafting rules to the letter.
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