Photos: Ben Kanute, Daniela Ryf Win Ironman 70.3 Oceanside

Ben Kanute (USA) and Daniela Ryf (SUI) battled an impressive field of triathletes to win the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside triathlon on Saturday. Kanute narrowly edged the rest of the field to earn the overall victory with a time 3:49:25. Ryf produced another signature dominating performance, setting a new course best with a time of 4:09:19 (breaking Anne Haug’s time of 4:12:03 from the previous year) in her debut performance on U.S. soil outside of championship events.

Rodolphe Von Berg (USA) placed second trailing Kanute by only 12 seconds with a time of 3:49:37 and Adam Bowden (GBR) rounded out the men’s podium in third with a time of 3:53:53. Holly Lawrence (GBR) battled her way to a second place finish in the women’s field with a time of 4:14:06 followed by Ellie Salthouse (AUS) who finished in third with a time of 4:16:41.

2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
For the first time, swimmers ran into the beach (instead of a harbor) to start the 1.2-mile swim. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
The strong women’s field included several former Ironman 70.3 Oceanside winners and world champions. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence has won this race before. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Australia’s Ellie Salthouse on her way to a podium finish. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
After the race, Daniela Ryf revealed that she had been battling bronchitis during the week and was unsure how she’d perform. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Ben Kanute has been balancing an ITU career with success at the 70.3 distance. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Ryf’s 2:18:00 bike split dominated the women’s race. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Lawrence had a solid race, but was never able to make contact with Ryf. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Ryf had never competed in the U.S. outside of a championship race. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
American Eric Lagerstrom rides through the scenic Oceanside course. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Kanute had the third-fastest swim of the day, putting him toward the front on the bike course. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
The bike course goes through Camp Pendleton and features several rolling climbs. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Out of the saddle and grinding up the hill. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Kanute’s 2:11:31 bike split was the second fastest of the day. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Kanute carries a small lead out onto the run course. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
American Heather Jackson on her way to a fifth-place finish. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Ryf solidifies her victory with a 1:22:15 half-marathon. She carried a significant lead throughout the entire run. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Kanute takes the narrow victory in 3:49:25. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Kanute’s day consisted of a 21:51 swim, a 2:11:31 bike, and a 1:12:11 half-marathon. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
The men’s podium: Adam Bowden (third), Ben Kanute (first), and Rodolphe Von Berg (second). Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Ryf cruises to her first Ironman 70.3 Oceanside victory. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
2019 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Ryf’s day consisted of a 24:20 swim, a 2:18:00 bike, and a 1:22:15 half-marathon. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image