Buckingham, Charles on Top in South Africa

South Africa's Kyle Buckingham and Great Britain's Lucy Charles were impressive on Sunday in Port Elizabeth.

In the men’s race, Kyle Buckingham (RSA) took the win in 8:13:00 in Port Elizabeth as a local for the first time since South African star Raynard Tissink celebrated his third and final victory back in 2011. Australia’s Josh Amberger (8:16:01) and Germany’s Maurice Clavel (8:18:51) rounded out the podium. American Ben Hoffman, the defending two-time champion and course record holder, struggled with back pain on the run. Hoffman hobbled through the 26.2-mile marathon, finishing the day at 12:06:48.

On the women’s side, Lucy Charles (GBR) followed into the footsteps of former British dominator and four-time Ironman world champion, Chrissie Wellington. The 24-year-old established a swim course record in 47:32 minutes in Mandela Bay in an extremely efficient and elegant fashion to break away early from the rest of women’s field. She crossed the finish line in 8:56:06. This dominating performance coupled with her runner-up finish at last year’s Ironman World Championship will make her a top contender on the Big Island this fall. Fellow countrywoman Susie Cheetham finished second (9:02:58), with American Linsey Corbin (9:07:10) claiming third.

As the winners of a championship-level Ironman race, both Buckingham and Charles cement their spots on the starting of the 2018 Ironman World Championship.

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2018 Ironman African Championship South Africa
Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa – April 15, 2018
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

1. Kyle Buckingham (RSA) 8:13:00
2. Josh Amberger (AUS) 8:16:01
3. Maurice Clavel (GER) 8:18:51
4. Cameron Wurf (AUS) 8:20:07
5. Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 8:23:09


1. Lucy Charles (GBR) 8:56:06
2. Susie Cheetham (GBR) 9:02:58
3. Linsey Corbin (USA) 9:07:10
4. Rachel McBride (CAN) 9:18:34
5. Manon Genet (FRA) 9:21:59

Complete results