A Dramatic Day: The 2019 Ironman World Championship Pro Races In Photos

The 2019 Ironman World Championship saw plenty of drama for both the men’s and women’s races, with Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Anne Haug ultimately taking the titles. It’s the third title for Frodeno, who also broke the course record, and the first for Haug.

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Daniela Ryf (SUI) prepares in transition. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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2014 Ironman world champion Sebastian Kienle (GER) sets up his transition area. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae prepares for her day. She had a rough day, and ultimately dropped out on the bike. On a positive note, she was able to make it to the finish line to see her husband, Tim O’Donnell, finish in a career-best second. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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The pro men’s start near the Kona pier. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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The crowd at the Kona seawall looks on. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Eventual second-place finisher Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) heads out onto the bike. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Mike Philips (NZL) leads a large group of the pro men on the bike. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Lucy Charles-Barclay carried the burden of leading the race from the gun, through the bike, and onto a good chunk of the run. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Australian Cam Wurf pushes the pace out on the Queen K. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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An athlete rides through the windy lava fields of the big island. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Eventual 6th place finisher Joe Skipper (GBR) stands on the pedals out on the bike course. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Anne Haug came into this race fresh off of an 8:31:32 victory at Ironman Copenhagen. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Kienle came out of the water nearly 5 minutes pack of the leaders and spent most of the bike trying to find the front group. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Jan Frodeno was calm and confident throughout all of his race-week interviews. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Daniela Ryf just didn’t look like the race we’re used to seeing on the Big Island. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Patrick Lange (GER) working out on the Queen K. He would eventually withdraw. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Frodeno was steady all day, ultimately turning in a 4:16:03 bike split to lead off of the bike. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Lauren Brandon hung with Lucy Charles-Barclay through the early miles but then eventually had to drop back. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Germany’s Sebastian Kienle rides en route to a third-place finish. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee working in the lead group on the bike. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Last year’s second-place finisher Bart Aernouts finished ninth. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Sarah Crowley was part of the main chase group for the entire day. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Crowley leads a chase group that includes Danielle Bleyhmehl, Anne Haug, Laura Philipp, and Carrie Lester Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Ben Hoffman came off of the bike in 14th place at nearly 12 minutes back. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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American Tim O’Donnell running en route to a Kona-best second-place finish with a time of 7:59:40. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Athletes heading out onto Ali’i Drive early in the run. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Eventual winner Frodeno running to a record-breaking finish with a time of 7:51:13. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Kienle pushes on the run to an eventual podium finish with a time of 8:02:04. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Top American female Heather Jackson runs en route to a fifth-place finish. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Four-time Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf struggled throughout the day and finished a distant 13th place. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Anne Haug is the first female German world champion. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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American Andy Potts is still competitive at 42. He finished 14th. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Brownlee was aggressive on the bike and through the early miles of the marathon, but he quickly faded and ended up finishing 21st. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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American Ben Hoffman is cheered on by spectators along Ali’i Drive. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Haug looked like the strongest runner on course throughout much of the 26.2 miles. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Alistair Brownlee was in the mix on the swim and the bike, and then struggled through a 3:13:01 marathon. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Germany’s Laura Philipp Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Australia’s Sarah Crowley Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Her 2:51:07 marathon was just short of the women’s course record. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Sanders struggled through the marathon and finished in 22nd. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Patrik Nilsson and Chris Leiferman, both of Team BMC, run side by side. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Finland’s Kaisa Sali finished sixth. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Despite not quite finding her legs, Ryf carried on and finished the race. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Frodeno becomes the fourth man to earn three world titles at the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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After an injury-plagued season Tim O’Donnell is thrilled with a second-place performance and sub-8 finishing time. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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The men celebrate with champagne – a tradition that Ironman recently added to its championship races. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Matt Russell does the “Blazeman Roll” to remember Jon Blais, an American triathlete noted for his fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Anne Haug gets the first Ironman World Championship title of her career with an impressive performance across swim, bike, and run. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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A clearly disappointed Ryf crosses the finish line in 13th. Photo: Brad Kaminski