Photos: 2018 Ironman World Championship – Women’s Race

Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf crushed the bike course record (4:26:07) on her way to establishing the fastest Ironman finishing time for a woman in history at 8:26:18. Lucy Charles of Great Britain finished second, with Kona rookie Anne Haug of Germany rounding out the podium. Read the race recap.

2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
The pro women kicked off their day five minutes after the pro men, at 6:40 a.m. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Great Britain’s Lucy Charles was not shy about her goal to break the swim course record. She did just that–exiting the water in a new course record of 48:13. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Lucy Charles heads out onto the bike with a massive lead over all fo her competitions. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Daniela Ryf evaluates the effects of a jellyfish sting she suffered before the start of the swim. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Germany’s Anne Haug was a Kona rookie who did not disappoint. She kicked off her day with a 54:19 swim. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Mirinda Carfrae had a decent swim, coming out of the water in 13th at 58:16. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
As a result of the jellyfish sting, Daniela Ryf found herself much farther back than she had planned. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Lucy Charles spent almost the entire bike ride out front all alone. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
American Linsey Corbin won Ironman Wisconsin early in September and then finished 10th here today. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Great Britain’s Susie Cheetham struggled on the bike and ultimately finished in 26th place. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae was back to race after taking all of 2017 off to welcome daughter Isabelle to the family. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
It was a lonely bike ride for Charles, who didn’t see company until Daniela Ryf passed her in the final miles. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
When Daniela Ryf rode by Sarah Crowley made the bold decision to try to stick with her. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Ryf had more time to make up than usual, but she looked calm throughout the 112-mile bike ride. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Kona rookie Teresa Adam (NZL) ultimately finished 18th. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Naeth on her way to an eighth-place finish. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Mirinda Carfrae turned in a strong ride and was able to be a part of the main chase group throughout the ride. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Daniela Ryf in pursuit of Lucy Charles, with Sarah Crowley trying to maintain the same pace. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
American Heather Jackson had her worst Kona result to date, finishing in 14th. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Finland’s Kaisa Sali had been consistent in Kona so far–finishing fourth in both 2016 and 2017. This year she raced her way to seventh place. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Great Britain’s Corinne Abraham makes a pass on the bike. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Anne Haug is a former ITU star that is seeing quick success at long-distance racing. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen races her way to a 16th place finish at her debut appearance. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Canada’s Rachel McBride out on the bike course. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Ryf absolutely smoked the bike course record–breaking it by an astounding 18 minutes. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
The battle between Charles and Ryf played out very similarly from 2017 to 2018. Photo: Oliver Baker
2018 Ironman World Championship - Women's Race
Charles continues to use her amazing swim/bike combo to lead the women’s race. Photo: Oliver Baker