Perfect race conditions greeted triathletes on Sunday morning as they prepared to take on the 2019 Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban.
Athletes started off the swim in calm conditions with the water temperature reaching 21.7 degrees, and the air temperature at 14.7 degrees at the start of the race and rising to 24 degrees midday.
Men’s race recap
Amit Katz was the first athlete out of the water after an impressive swim of 00:24:04. Eventual men’s race winner, Rohan Meyer exited the swim in 14th position but put the hammer down on the bike to reel in the 13 athletes ahead of him. Meyer took the lead at the 24km mark and upped the ante to put significant distance between him and the other age groupers.
It would ultimately be Meyer’s day as he finished first in a time of 04h07m47s. Joining him on the podium was Chris Bruchhausen who finished six minutes behind and Donovan Geldenhuys, who finished second last year, dropping to third this year.
Women’s race action
Professional triathlete, Annah Watkinson joined the age-group race and crossed the finish line first. However, the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban event is an age-group event so Watkinson was not recognised as the official winner.
Exiting the swim first was Kirsty Hodgson in 00:29:50, with Lauren Cannon exiting close behind her in 00:30:17. Both ladies surprisingly beat Watkinson out of the water.
The standings were tightly contested coming off the bike leg into T2, with Cannon taking the lead followed by Toinette van Niekerk in second. At this point, Watkinson was far ahead of the age-groupers and looked comfortable
Cannon maintained her lead and crossed the finish line hand in hand with her husband in 04h37m23s, followed by Eulali Gouws three minutes behind her. Natasha Gorrie managed to hold on to that third spot after a tough day out.
Hobbo achieves his goal
In related news, James ‘Hobbo’ Hobson completed his #BiogenJourney by finishing the IRONMAN 70.3 Durban. Fuelled by leading local supplement brand, Biogen and coached by Lindsey Parry, Hobbo went from the worst shape of his life, weighing 130kg, to becoming an Ironman 70.3 finisher in 8h15m15s. Click here to learn more about Hobbo’s journey and the Biogen products he used to fuel his performance.