2017 Kona Champion’s Gallery: Patrick Lange

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Lange came out of the water with the main group in 48:45. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Lange turned in a patient bike ride. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

As several athletes put in an all-out effort up front, Lange and the majority of the field fell further back. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Even with a podium finish in 2016, Lange was still relatively under the radar as several athletes gained attention out front with super-fast bike rides. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Lange came off of the bike in 11th place over 10 minutes back. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Lange picked off the athletes one by one. Here, he passes eventual third-place finisher David McNamee. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Lange exits the Energy Lab as Tim O’Donnell enters. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

A thrilled Patrick Lange gets the world championship victory. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

A German male has won the Ironman world title for the past four years. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Lange was speechless and in tears at the finish line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Dave Scott gets a hug from the champ. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Lange chats with Mike Reilly after his victory. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

Denmark’s Jesper Fog is greeted by the world champion at the finish line. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

2017 Ironman World Champion: Patrick Lange

A selfie with three world champions: Daniela Ryf, Patrick Lange, and Mark Allen. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Germany’s Patrick Lange captured his first Ironman World Championship title in impressive fashion; he put together a 48:45 swim, a 4:28:53 bike, 2:39:59 marathon to establish a new Kona course record in 8:01:40. After the race, Lange said that during one brief moment on the bike he considered dropping out because he was struggling. Thankfully he stuck it out, coming off of the bike in 11th and running his way to the front of the race and earn the victory. Read the race recap

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