South Africa’s James Cunnama took control of the men’s race at the inaugural Ironman Hamburg from the get-go. Seven years after winning Ironman Florida and celebrating a lot of podium finishes in the meantime, Cunnama again soaked in the experience of winning an Ironman title. He put together a 49:05 swim, a 4:24:31 bike and a 2:40:58 marathon to narrowly miss a sub-8 hour finish, crossing the line at 8:00:36.
One week after her 29th birthday, Germany’s Daniela Sämmler exited the water in first place and then hammered on the bike. The only sub-5 bike split in the women’s field on a cool and windy day in Hamburg was Saemmler’s key to earning the win. Thanks to good running conditions, she had no reason to worry about her chasers in the marathon. She crossed the finish line with a dominant win in 9:07:49.
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2017 Ironman Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany – Aug. 13, 2017
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile marathon
1. James Cunnama (RSA) 8:00:36
2. Horst Reichel (GER) 8:22:27
3. Markus Fachbach (GER) 8:25:36
4. Carlos Lopez Diaz (ESP) 8:35:36
5. Alexander Chilling (GER) 8:42:05
1. Daniela Sämmler (GER) 9:07:49
2. Eva Wutti (AUT) 9:23:35
3. Kristin Moeller (GER) 9:39:43
4. Sandra Wassink-Hitzert (NED) 9:48:37
5. Verena Walter (GER) 9:52:03