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Ironman 1986 Sylviane Puntous sporting an early aero helmet. She and her sister Patricia stayed close to Paula Newby-Fraser with Joanne Ernst up the road. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Funny bikes, with a 650C front wheel and 700C rear, were legal back in 1986. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Joanne Ernst, the defending champion, was first off the bike. She completed the swim and bike legs 17 minutes faster in 1986 than the prior year. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Dave Scott, pursuing his fifth Ironman world title, spurred Scott Tinley to break the course record in 1985 when Scott was on the sideline. Tinley set the mark at 8:50:54 and Scott was 10 minutes ahead of Tinley’s pace after the bike. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Scott Tinley lost 12 minutes to Scott in the first two legs of the ride. Defending his championship would have required a massive effort during the marathon. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Ernst used a 3:44 marathon to win in 1985 and that relative weakness was her undoing in 1986. Both Puntous sisters and Newby-Fraser passed her during the marathon. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Kenny Souza earned the title of the world’s best duathlete three years after this race, but he never mastered the swim. He was tagged with the nickname “Rockfish.” Souza finished out of the top 15. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 As of 1986, Mark Allen was still an up-and-coming Ironman athlete, having never beaten Dave Scott. He came off the bike within a minute of Scott. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Tinley simply didn’t have the horsepower to match Scott and Allen. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Sylviane and Patricia Puntous running side-by-side on the Queen K Highway. They had placed first and second, Sylviane winning both times, in both 1983 and 1984. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Allen was on pace to shatter Tinley’s course record, but it wasn’t enough to match Scott’s pace on the day. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Scott won his fifth Ironman Hawaii title in 8:28:37. Photo: Lois Schwartz. Ironman 1986 Scott took more than 22 minutes off the prior course record. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Patricia Puntous broke through for the first time and crossed the tape first. Unbeknownst to her at the time, she had been disqualified due to drafting penalties. At the time, athletes didn’t serve penalties on the course. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Newby-Fraser broke the tape at the finish line despite knowing that she was second on the road. She was confused at the finish and had to be told that Puntous was disqualified. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Sylviane Puntous took second place and attempted to comfort Patricia, who was inconsolable over the disqualification. Patricia never won the Ironman world title. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 Tinley finished a disappointing third place. He never cracked the top level that Allen and Scott reset on that day in 1986. Photo: Lois Schwartz Ironman 1986 37-year-old school teacher Klaus Barth from Long Beach finished 8th in 1985 and returned in 1986. While the racers are typically given the race number equal to their finish the year before, organizers gave Barth 48 because of the relatively weak field in 1985. Barth earned 4th in 1986 ahead of triathlon legends Kenny Glah and Mike Pigg. Photo: Lois Schwartz