The Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship 2016 was attended by thousands of spectators and watched online via live streaming by thousands more across the globe.
The event saw seasoned international triathletes setting the standard for the large field of competitors who spent hours cycling, swimming and running along the coastline of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on April 10.
As sponsors of the event, we congratulate Ben Hoffman from the USA who took the glory, breaking the finish line tape at 8:12:37. His strongest competitor, Tim van Berkel from Australia, took the second spot at 8:14:51, with Marko Albert from Estonia taking third place at 8:18:52.
The woman’s race was also a close competition with Kaisa Lehtonen from Finland taking the first spot by finishing in 9:06:50. The second position went to Susie Cheetham from the UK, who finished just over three minutes later with a time of 9:09:49. Lucy Gossage from the UK was able to confidently secure the third spot at 9:11:43.
Our praise goes to 2015’s champion Jodie Swallow who had to withdraw from the race because of an injury and in our opinion is a hero who will Never Stop Moving Forward.
The event in Port Elizabeth saw 54% of the field composed of first-time entries and the largest number of first-timers since the first IRONMAN event took place 12 years ago with a field of 751 athletes- a far cry from the 15 729 who have completed the race in the last 11 years.
Putting the efforts of the entire field of athletes at the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship into perspective, shows that the participants swim, cycle and run a distance equivalent to jumping down the Bloukrans Bungy, the world’s highest commercial bungie jump, at least 10 472 times. This is a true display of the strength, perseverance and dedication
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest winners at the event was tourism, which benefited from the more than R65 million spent, equivalent to 50 000 overnight stays, and the windfall of temporary jobs for many of the city’s inhabitants.
We congratulate all the competitors, fans and the 2 000 volunteers alike whose efforts combined to make the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship 2016 one of the most successful athletic events on the African calendar.
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