Saturday was a record-breaking day in Kona at the 2018 Ironman World Championships. All three of the men’s and women’s podium finishers broke the old course records, with the men becoming the first three to complete the course in under eight hours.
The 42.2K run followed a 3.86K-swim and 180K-bike with the top run times coming in under 2:50 for men and 3:00-flat for women.
In 7:52:39, Patrick Lange crossed the line on Ali’i Drive to become the 2018 Ironman world champion. It is his second win in two years, along with another course record by nine minutes. With the record time and world title, Lange then got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend – she said yes.
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Ironman World Champion!🙌😆 . The craziest race of my life. After being stung by a jellyfish under my armpits 2mins before the start my most painful 3.8k followed. Knowing giving up was not an option I made it out of the water and found some superpower on the bike and run. 🚴♀️💥 The bike of my career. Still can‘t believe it. #Worldchampion #NeverEverGiveUp .📷: @jamesmitchell5 / @activeimages
Daniela Ryf took the women’s title capping off an incredible 2018 season with the Ironman world title, a bike course record and the overall course record of 8:26:16.
Fastest men’s marathon times
- Patrick Lange – 2:41:32
- Bart Aernouts – 2:45:42
- David McNamee – 2:46:03
- Tim O’Donnell – 2:52:34
Fastest women’s marathon times
- Anne Haug – 2:55:22
- Daniela Ryf – 2:57:05
- Sarah True – 2:57:38
- Sarah Piampiano – 2:59:26
Full results can be found here.