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Photos: John David Becker
At only her second time racing in Kona, Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf crushed the Kona course with over a 13-minute lead on the entire field, winning in 8:57. Although the race took many surprising turns—including the 2014 Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfare dropping out of the race—it was no surprise to see two of former podium contenders, Rachel Joyce and Liz Blatchford, take the second and third spots. For the full story of how the race played out, read the women’s race recap.