Ironman World Championships St. George results

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Top-10 and notable results from the 2021 Ironman World Championships, held in 2022 in St. George, Utah. Detailed results by division are here.

Men
1. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) — 7:49:16
2. Lionel Sanders (CAN) — 7:54:03
3. Braden Currie (NZL) — 7:54:19
4. Chris Leiferman (USA) — 7:57:51
5. Florian Angert (GER) — 7:59:35
6. Leon Chevalier (FRA) — 8:01:41
7. Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) — 8:02:06
8. Sam Laidlow (FRA) — 8:02:56
9. David McNamee (GBR) — 8:04:36
10. Ben Hoffman (USA) — 8:06:38
14. Sebastian Kienle (GER) — 8:14:34
18. Cameron Wurf (AUS) — 8:30:30
DNS. Alistair Brownlee (GBR)
DNS. Gustav Iden (NOR)

Women
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) — 8:34:59
2. Kat Matthews (GBR) — 8:43:49
3. Anne Haug (GER) — 8:47:03
4. Skye Moench (USA) — 8:55:21
5. Ruth Astle (GBR) — 9:00:09
6. Lisa Norden (SWE) — 9:03:31
7. Laura Siddall (GBR) — 9:08:34
8. Fenella Langridge (GBR) — 9:09:40
9. Gurutze Frades Larralde (ESP) — 9:13:35
10. Maya Stage-Nielsen (DEN) — 9:14:32
11. Heather Jackson (USA) — 9:16:53

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Kristian Blummenfelt wins Ironman title after Olympic gold; Daniela Ryf’s 5th world title

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Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt became the first triathlete to earn an Olympic gold medal and an Ironman world championship in the same year span, rallying to win the latter in St. George, Utah, on Saturday.

The 28-year-old covered a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in an unofficial 7 hours, 49 minutes, 16 seconds. He is the first man to win an Ironman world title in his world championships debut since Belgian Luc Van Lierde in 1996.

“That was a tough day, brutal course,” Blummenfelt said in a finish-line interview.

Blummenfelt, eighth after the bike leg, easily made up a 4-minute, 23-second deficit on the closing marathon run to win the most prestigious distance triathlon in its first edition outside of Hawaii. Canadian Lionel Sanders was second, 4:46 behind, followed by New Zealand’s Braden Currie.

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Blummenfelt took the lead around the 18th mile of the marathon with temperatures in the mid-80s. He ran the marathon in 2:38:01.

In Tokyo, Blummenfelt was in fifth place going into the closing 10km run, making up a 15-second deficit to win the 32-mile race. Four months later, he debuted at the Ironman distance by clocking the fastest time ever for 140.6 miles — 7:21:12 — boosted from a significant swim current in Cozumel, Mexico.

German Jan Frodeno is the only other triathlete to win the Olympics and the Ironman world championships. His Ironman crown came seven years after his Olympic gold medal.

Frodeno, a three-time Ironman world champion, missed St. George due to an Achilles injury. The field lacked other stars: two-time world champion Patrick Lange of Germany (shoulder), Norwegian Gustav Iden, the half Ironman world champion (illness), and Brit Alistair Brownlee, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist (illness).

In the women’s race Saturday, Daniela Ryf earned her fifth world title, prevailing by 8:50 over Brit Kat Matthews in 8:34:59.

“I guess I’m still good,” she said.

Ryf, 34, moves into third place on the women’s career victories list, trailing Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser (eight) and fellow Swiss Natascha Badmann (six). Before moving up to Ironman, Ryf placed seventh and 40th in the 32-mile Olympic triathlons in 2008 and 2012.

At her last victory on Hawaii’s Big Island in 2018, she broke the course record by 20 minutes despite getting stung by a jellyfish in both armpits on the opening 2.4-mile swim.

The Ironman World Championships were held outside of Hawaii for the first time since their 1978 inception. The coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be postponed in 2020 and 2021, the latter rescheduled from October and moved to St. George, which held the half Ironman world championships last year.

The world championships return to Kailua-Kona for a new, two-day race format — Oct. 6 for the women and Oct. 8 for the men.

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WATCH LIVE: Ironman World Championships Utah

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The first Ironman World Championships to be held outside of Hawaii air live from St. George, Utah, on Peacock on Saturday from 8 a.m. ET through the elite race finishes.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last September, organizers announced that St. George would replace Kailua-Kona as host for one edition only.

“The ongoing uncertainty regarding Kailua-Kona, Hawaii`s ability to host the event in February required a change in venue to outside of Hawaii,” organizers said in September.

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The St. George event is branded as the 2021 Ironman World Championships, and then Kailua-Kona hosts the 2022 edition in its usual October window, with a new two-day race format on Oct. 6 and Oct. 8.

St. George was chosen in part because it hosted Ironman events before, including the 70.3 World Championships (Half Ironman) last September.

The full Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

This year’s women’s race includes reigning 2019 World champion Anne Haug of Germany and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who won four in a row from 2015-18.

Six of the most accomplished men are absent: three-time world champion Jan Frodeno (Achilles), two-time world champion Patrick Lange (shoulder), two-time half Ironman world champion Javier Gomez (Covid) and, on Friday, a double whammy: reigning half Ironman world champion Gustav Iden reportedly bowed out with an illness, as did two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee.

Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt, who last year won the Tokyo Olympics and then debuted at the Ironman distance with the fastest time in history, makes his world championships debut after overcoming an illness.

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