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Athletes line up for the start of the race as the sun rises.
The professional field takes on the 2.4-mile swim.
American James Capparell led the men’s field out of the water in 48:56.
American Lauren Brandon is always impressive on the swim, and Saturday was no exception. She posted the fastest time of the entire race, 48:52, men included.
American Kelly Williamson
American Matt Hanson was looking to regain his 2015 title, and again earn an automatic start in Kona.
Tine Deckers on the bike.
Denmark’s Maja Stage-Nielsen rode her way from 12th out of the water to third off of the bike.
American Jodie Robertson also rode through the field, going from 14th out of the swim to second off of the bike.
American Alicia Kaye rides to a 4:55:34 bike split.
American Lauren Brandon was first out of the swim and first off of the bike.
British athlete Joe Skipper dropped out on the bike.
Australia’s Leon Griffin on his way to a seventh place finish.
Matt Hanson manages a smile on the bike course.
American Andrew Starykowicz rode a 4:01:14, but then struggled through the marathon.
A fast-riding Starykowicz.
New Zealand’s Callum Millward ultimately finished ninth.
This was Starykowicz’s first race back after a serious accident.
France’s Antony Costes
Leon Griffin works his way up after coming off of the bike in 11th.
Switzerland’s Ronnie Schildknect uses an impressive 2:43:28 to run his way to second.
Matt Hanson was untouchable on the run, turning in a 2:42:07 marathon.
Lauren Brandon’s struggled to keep pace after a stellar swim nd bike.
Switzerland’s Peter Kotland on the marathon.
Hanson on his way to a blazing 7:52:44 finish.
Jodie Robertson capped off her day with a 3:03:41 marathon.
Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield used a 2:49:00 marathon to run onto the podium.
Hanson broke his own course record in 7:52:44.
The win, sub-9, course record and an automatic Kona spot.
Though second place doesn’t come with an automatic Kona spot, it does come with a lot of KPR points. A thrilled Ronnie Schildknecht crosses the finish line.
Tyler Butterfield comes down the chute for third.
The podium celebration.
Jodie Robertson won the 2017 Ironman North American Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image
She crossed the finish line in 8:56:32.
A smiling Michaela Herlbauer finishes second.
The final podium spot goes to Maja Stage-Nielsen.
Photos: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/
Matt Hanson (USA) and Jodie Robertson (USA) battled their to the top of the podium with impressive victories at Saturday’s 2017 Memorial Herman Ironman North American Championship Texas triathlon. Hanson smashed his own course record finishing in 07:52:44, while Robertson claimed the title with a time of 8:56:32—both receiving automatic bids to this year’s Ironman World Championship.
Ronnie Schildknecht (CHE) finished in second place for the men with a time of 7:56:21 while Tyler Butterfield (BER) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 7:58:29, respectively. On the women’s side, Michaela Herlbauer (AUT) finished second with a time of 8:59:31 and Maja Stage-Nielsen (DEN) finished third with a total time of 9:01:00.