Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee executed a perfect day at Ironman Ireland, despite crazy weather conditions that saw a cancelled swim and a treacherous experience for all involved. With no swim, Ireland’s own Bryan McCrystal dominated the bike ride with a strong 4:37:50. Brownlee’s 4:54:46 bike split was well back, but it all came down to the run. Brownlee’s 2:51:31 marathon put him past McCrystal at the late stages of the run, giving him the victory at his debut at the distance in 7:49:20. “That last 10K were [sic] not fun at all,” Brownlee said after his win. McCrystal finished second, with The Netherlands’ Markus Thomschke rounding out the podium in third.
Switzerland’s Emma Bilham dominated the women’s races, putting together a 5:30:30 bike and a 3:16:16 marathon to take the win in 8:50:18. The Netherlands’ Pleuni Hooijman was second (9:19:50) and the United States’ Amanda Wendorff was third (9:28:32).
2019 Ironman Ireland
June 23, 2019 – Cork, Ireland
112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 7:44:16
2. Bryan McCrystal (IRL) 7:49:45
3. Markus Thomschke (GER) 7:58:10
4. Justin Metzler (USA) 8:08:10
5. Seppe Odeyn (BEL) 8:08:45
1. Emma Bilham (SUI) 08:50:18
2. Pleuni Hooijman (NED) 9:19:50
3. Amanda Wendorff (USA) 9:28:32
4. Michelle Heneghan (IRL) 9:50:01
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