South Africa’s Kyle Buckingham won the 2018 Ironman African Championship title in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
“[I] grabbed the South African flag running down the red carpet. It’s just a phenomenal feeling. [I’m] proud to be an ambassador for Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Buckingham, who finished with a total time of 8:12:59.
Australia’s Josh Amberger came in second place after 8:16:00.
“I really gave it my best shot today. Buckingham is a fantastic athlete. I’m really thrilled with my result,” he said.
Maurice Clavel placed third with a total time of 8:18:50, while Cameron Wurf finished fourth after 8:20:06.
“I had a good lead and felt pretty good. I was really happy for Kyle, I saw him on the first lap and really wanted him to win. I’m really glad for him,” said Wurf”.
Fifth place went to Ronnie Schildknecht in a time of 8:23:08.
The 3.8km swim kicked off the day and was won by Amberger, with Spain’s Peru Alfaro San Ildefonso in second and Netherlands’ Evert Scheltinga in third.
Amberger moved to second place after the cycling, with Wurf in first and Buckingham in third.
Buckingham finished the run in first placed and was followed by Amberger and Clavel.
United Kingdom’s Lucy Charles won the women’s race, while Susie Cheetham and Linsey Corbin placed second and third.
Charles finished after 8:56:06 and lead throughout the entire race.
“My main plan was to validate for the World Championships and I’ve done that and I’m happy with that. The run is always the toughest part,” she said.
Cheetham finished with a time of 9:02:58 and felt that overall she had a good performance.
“I can’t complain – this is my fourth time here and I think it’s been my best performance.”
Corbin finished after 9:07:10 and said it was a beautiful and challenging course.
“Racing in Africa is a dream come true. My plan was to focus on myself. I just raced my own race and it ended up working out pretty well for me.”
Rachel McBride came in fourth position, while fifth position went to Manon Genêt.