(BIVN) – Two IRONMAN World Champions have been crowned in Kona.
After missing last year’s championship due to a stress fracture in his hip, Jan Frodeno (GER) returned to Aliʻi Drive and became a three-time IRONMAN World Champion.
“It was an interesting and obviously a hard year, having been around the sport for a while and be on the sidelines watching a race that made history was not my favorite way to spend the day,” said Jan Frodeno about last year’s event, right before this year’s race began. “The beauty about IRONMAN is that all the predictions that come in during the week around data and who has done what and how is the wind going to be. The most fascinating thing for us athletes is just to get to the start line and see how it all unfolds, but like the others have said a very good race to watch.”
Following Frodena to finish second was Tim O’Donnell of the United States. He was the top American finisher last year.
Another German, Sebastian Kienle, finished third. Kienle was the 2014 IRONMAN World Champion.
Germany also took the women’s title, as Anne Haug finished first among the female competitors.
1. Jan Frodeno (DEU)
2. Tim O’Donnell (USA)
3. Sebastian Kienle (DEU)
4. Ben Hoffman (USA)
5. Cameron Wurf (AUS)
1. Anne Haug (DEU)
2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR)
3. Sarah Crowley (AUS)
4. Laura Philipp (DEU)
5. Heather Jackson (USA)
by Big Island Video News
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaiʻi - Germany ruled the IRONMAN this year, as Jan Frodeno took the me's championship, and Anne Haug finished first among the women.