Culture Best of Triathlon Awards 2016 A look at the performances, moments and headlines that stood out in 2016. Share this Facebook Icon Twitter Icon Email Icon Join Triathlete Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Already have an account? Sign In Join Triathlete Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Already have an account? Sign In If you’ve won just about every major event in triathlon, you have to start looking for other goals to stay motivated. That is what Jan Frodeno did when he set his sights on lowering the iron-distance world record at Challenge Roth in his home country of Germany in July. In near perfect conditions, his 45:22 swim, 4:09:22 bike and 2:40:35 run lowered the record to 7:35:39, nearly six minutes faster than the previous record. Brownlee is the defending two-time Olympic gold medalist. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Jorgensen is the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in triathlon. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Ryf at the 2016 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Oliver Baker With former world champions Daniela Ryf (SUI) and Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) both on the start line, not many people had Holly Lawrence as their pick to win the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, including us. But the British athlete stormed to the lead early in the bike and never looked back. After posting the fastest bike split of the day, the former short course racer still had plenty in the tank to hold the charge from the other women, winning by almost two minutes. Her win wasn’t completely out of nowhere, she had some strong results before her big win including a second at the 70.3 North American Championships in St. George, Utah. Her big win in September has put her among the sport’s best and she won’t be flying under the radar anymore. If you’ve won just about every major event in triathlon, you have to start looking for other goals to stay motivated. That is what Jan Frodeno did when he set his sights on lowering the iron-distance world record at Challenge Roth in his home country of Germany in July. In near perfect conditions, his 45:22 swim, 4:09:22 bike and 2:40:35 run lowered the record to 7:35:39, nearly six minutes faster than the previous record. Many clutch performances are due to an athlete catching a bad break early on, only to overcome it through sheer force of will. That’s the case forPatrick Lange’s performance in Kona. An early penalty on the bike forced the German to lose contact with the main group. Lange came off the bike in 23rd position then lit up the run course. His run time 2:39:45 broke the run course record, held by legend Mark Allen, which had stood for 27 years. He also passed 20 competitors to take third place and make it an all-German podium in Kona. Jorgensen at the 2016 NYC Marathon. Photo: Photorun.net After turning in his signature strong bike ride, two-time 70.3 world champion Sebastian Kienle (GER) took control on the run in pursuit of another title. Despite looking strong, Reed, Appleton and Maurice Clavel (FRA) soon joined him. Reed tried to break away, but Kienle didn’t let him go without a fight. The duo battled out front with each of them trying to make breaks at certain points, but nothing stuck and the two continued to run shoulder to shoulder throughout the entire half-marathon. It was Reed who found an extra gear and broke away in the final minutes to post a 1:11:03 half-marathon and earn his first world title in 3:44:14. Kienle had to settle for the runner-up spot for the second year in a row, finishing only two seconds behind Reed. “Someone like Sebi is someone I’ve looked up to for many years,” Reed told Ironman.com. “Even to be running alongside him was a buzz in itself.”Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images Heather Jackson’s epic selfie from the 2016 race. Photo:Twitter.com/hjacksonracing Australian Turia Pitt truly embodies the Ironman slogan that “Anything is Possible.” Against the odds, she returned to competing in endurance events after suffering burns to 65% of her body when she was trapped by a grassfire while competing in an ultramarathon in Western Australia in 2011. After 200 operations, Pitt persevered and completed both Ironman Australia in May and the Ironman World Championship (pictured) in October. “There have been big barriers to overcome,” wrote about the training process on Ironman.com. “I only have three fingers as a result of the fire and so I have a custom-built bike. Because of the burns, my skin has difficulty regulating my body temperature. So yes, there have been huge challenges, but everyone on an Ironman journey must overcome barriers. I’m no different.” A look at the performances, moments and headlines that stood out in 2016. Erin Beresini, Liz Hichens, AJ Johnson and Bethany Mavis contributed to this article.