2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship Pro Start List

Ironman today revealed the 101 professional athletes who will toe the line at the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship on the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Professional and age-group women will kick off the action on Saturday (Sept. 9), with the professional and age-group men following on Sunday (Sept. 10).

Highlighting the starts lists are defending 70.3 world champions Tim Reed (AUS) and Holly Lawrence (GBR).

In addition to Lawrence, the women’s field will see two recent champions racing to regain their world titles. The 2014 and 2015 70.3 world champion, and defending Ironman world champion, Daniela Ryf (SUI) will compete after a disappointing performance at last year’s race. Also vying for the title will be 2011 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championship winner and last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship runner-up Melissa Hauschildt (AUS). Ryf and Hauschildt both have an opportunity to become the first triathletes to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles.

On the men’s side, Reed will also face several former champions. Sebastian Kienle (GER), who was the 2012 and 2013 70.3 world champion and the 2014 Ironman world champion, will be looking to become the first man to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles. This year’s world championship also sees the return of 2014 Ironman 70.3 world champion and 2015 Ironman 70.3 runner up, Javier Gomez (ESP) to the start line after an accident in 2016 sidelined his goals of an Olympic medal in Rio. Two-time winner Michael Raelert will be looking for his first return to the top of podium since his last win in 2010.

There are a few notable names missing from the men’s start list. A nagging hip injury and season ending surgery has put the much anticipated debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee on hold for this year. Canadian Lionel Sanders, who had said he would spend 2017 focusing on this race, changed his mind and will again pursue the Ironman distance. Two-time Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno, who won the 70.3 world title in 2015, has again decided to focus on his Kona prep in lieu of making the start.

Check back to Triathlete.com in the coming days for a complete race preview and pick up the September issue of Triathlete for a complete feature on Holly Lawrence. 

Last year’s podium: Mel Hauschildt (2nd), Holly Lawrence (1st) and Heather Wurtele (3rd). Photo: Matt Roberts/Getty Images for Ironman

Women

1 Holly Lawrence (GBR)
2 Annabel Luxford (AUS)
3 Laura Philipp (GER)
4 Jeanni Seymour (RSA)
5 Sarah Crowley (AUS)
6 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)
7 Ellie Salthouse (AUS)
8 Emma Pallant (GBR)
9 Heather Wurtele (CAN)
10 Daniela Ryf (SUI)
12 Lesley Smith (USA)
14 Hxay Chura (USA)
15 Alicia Kaye (USA)
16 Amelia Watkinson (NZL)
17 Jennifer Spieldenner (USA)
18 Lauren Brandon (USA)
19 Helle Frederiksen (DEN)
20 Magali Tisseyre (CAN)
21 Lisa Huetthaler (AUT)
22 Natalie Seymour (GBR)
23 Sue Huse (CAN)
24 Kimberley Morrison (GBR)
25 Barbara Riveros (CHI)
26 Stephanie Roy (CAN)
27 Judith Vaquera (ESP)
28 Anna Eberhardt (HUN)
29 Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL)
30 Diana Riesler (GER)
32 Laurel Wassner (USA)
33 Ruth Brennan Morrey (USA)
34 Sarah TRUE (USA)
35 Allison Linnell (USA)
36 Alice Hector (GBR)
37 Pamela Tastets (CHI)
38 Heather Jackson (USA)
39 Jenny Schulz (GER)
41 Maria Czesnik (POL)
42 Monica Juhart (AUS)
43 Robin Pomeroy (USA)
44 Lisa Roberts (USA)
45 Romina Palacio Balena (ARG)
46 Sarah Lester (AUS)
47 Rachel Joyce (GBR)
48 Kirsty Jahn (CAN)
49 Carolina Furriela (BRA)
50 Jen Annett (CAN)
51 Astrid Stienen (GER)
52 Annett Jalowi (GER)
53 Luiza Cravo De Azevedo (BRA)
54 Valerie Belanger (CAN)
55 Amanda Wendorff (USA)
56 Ewa Komander (POL)
57 Hannah Drewett (GBR)
58 Angela Naeth (CAN)

Tim Reed is the defending champion. Photo: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Men

1 Tim Reed (AUS)
2 Sam Appleton (AUS)
4 Tim Don (GBR)
5 Sebastian Kienle (GER)
7 Andreas Dreitz (GER)
8 Tyler Butterfield (BER)
9 Mauricio Mendez Cruz (MEX)
10 Rodolphe Von Berg (USA)
11 Michael Raelert (GER)
12 Javier Gomez (ESP)
14 Maurice Clavel (GER)
15 Taylor Reid (CAN)
16 Antony Costes (FRA)
17 Kevin Collington (USA)
18 Matt Hanson (USA)
20 Joe Gambles (AUS)
21 Ivan Tutukin (RUS)
23 Tim O’Donnell (USA)
24 Mario De Elias (ARG)
25 Denis Chevrot (FRA)
26 Jesse Thomas (USA)
27 Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero (COL)
29 Pieter Heemeryck (BEL)
30 Brent McMahon (CAN)
32 Jackson Laundry (CAN)
33 Yvan Jarrige (FRA)
34 Matt Chrabot (USA)
35 Felipe Van de Wyngard (CHI)
36 Michael Weiss (AUT)
37 James Cunnama (RSA)
38 Patrick Dirksmeier (GER)
39 Reinaldo Colucci (BRA)
41 Harry Wiltshire (GBR)
42 Drew Scott (USA)
43 Ivan Kalashnikov (RUS)
44 Chris Leiferman (USA)
45 David Plese (SVN)
46 Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches (CAN)
47 Ben Kanute (USA)
48 Igor Amorelli (BRA)
49 Fraser Cartmell (GBR)
50 Trevor Wurtele (CAN)
51 Alan Carrillo Avila (MEX)
52 Eric Watson (BHR)
53 Alexander Polizzi (AUS)
54 Adam Otstot (USA)
55 Guy Crawford (NZL)