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WATCH LIVE: 2019 Ironman Kona World Championships

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The Ironman Kona World Championships — a grueling 140.6-mile triathlon in sweltering Hawaii — stream live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Saturday.

A year after shattering course records, German Patrick Lange and Swiss Daniela Ryf defend their world titles.

The men’s race starts at 6:25 a.m. local time (12:25 p.m. ET) with the 2.4-mile swim. The women start in Kailua Bay water five minutes later. The swim is followed by a 112-mile bike on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and then a marathon to the Kona finish line.

The fastest triathletes will complete the course in eight hours.

NBCSN coverage runs from noon-2 p.m. ET. NBC and NBCSN will also have occasional check-ins throughout the afternoon, culminating with finish coverage around 8:30 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, NBCSN will air a recap show from 2-3 p.m. ET.

WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona World Championships, 12:25 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

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2019 Ironman Kona TV, live stream schedule

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The Ironman Kona World Championships air live on NBC Sports on Oct. 12, beginning with a 90-minute NBCSN show at 12:30 p.m. ET and continuing with live streaming coverage of the men’s and women’s pro races.

The annual Ironman TV special, with athlete features woven with race coverage, airs Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

German Patrick Lange and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who broke their own course records last year, are expected back to headline the fields at the Hawaii event that dates to 1978.

The Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete.

Live streaming will air on NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app and the Ironman Facebook page.

LIVE STREAM LINK: 2019 Ironman Kona — Oct. 12, 12:30 p.m. ET

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Patrick Lange wins Kona Ironman World Championship, first to break 8 hours, proposes to girlfriend

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German Patrick Lange became the first triathlete to break 8 hours at a Kona Ironman World Championship, repeating as winner of the 140-mile endurance test in Hawaii on Saturday. Then he proposed to his girlfriend.

“Amazing, but, but, I promised myself when I break the course record — Julia, please listen,” Lange said in a finish-line interview, looking about 20 feet away at girlfriend Julia Hofmann. “Yeah, I think I have to go there.”

Lange walked to her, knelt, clasped his hands together and said, “Julia, do you want to marry me?”

Lange, 32, broke the tape in 7 hours, 52 minutes, 39 seconds, after a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon run. He lowered the course record he set last year of 8:01:40.

Belgian Bart Aernouts was second, 4:02 behind, followed by Brit David McNamee.

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When Lange crossed the line, Swiss Daniela Ryf was on pace to shatter her female course record and win a fourth straight title. She crossed in 8:26:16, taking 20 minutes, 30 seconds off the mark she set in 2016.

Only Brit Chrissie Wellington has covered any Ironman course in a faster time, and only at the Roth Challenge, known to be the fastest Ironman course in the world, according to tri247.com. (The men’s world record (7:35:39) was also set at Roth, by German Jan Frodeno, the 2015 and 2016 Kona winner who missed this year’s event with a hip injury.)

Ryf, who finished seventh and 40th in two Olympic triathlons, rallied from a deficit of 9:13 after Saturday morning’s swim, saying after that she got stung by a jellyfish. She was in the lead by the end of the bike, shattering the female course record on two wheels by 18:12.

“I thought I couldn’t lift my arms anymore,” Ryf said of the sting after clocking a time that would have won the men’s division as recently as 2004. “I thought I’m going to quit.”

Brit Lucy Charles was second, 10:16 behind, followed by German Anne Haug.

Sarah True, a two-time U.S. Olympian who finished fourth at London 2012, was in third place halfway through the marathon in her Kona debut but later walked at aid stations and ended up fourth. Her time — 8:43:42 — was also faster than Ryf’s previous course record from 2016.

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