Ben Hoffman made history at the Ironman African Championship in Port Elizabeth on April 2 when celebrated the first-ever sub eight finish time on African soil.
The defending champion finished in a time of 7:58:39, approximately fourteen minutes faster than his time in 2016.
The American athlete was followed a minute later by German Nils Frommhold.
David McNamee from Britain crossed the line in third place roughly eight minutes behind the top two finishers.
“An sub 8-hour time was not on my radar, I’m just blown away. I exceeded all my expectations, It’s absolutely awesome,”said Hoffman..
He finished the 3.8km swim in 49:13, the 180km cycle in 4:22:31 and the 42km run in 2:42:51.
Kyle Buckingham was the first South African athlete over the finish line and finished in fourth place. James Cunnama’s tenth place finish meant South Africa had two top ten finishers.
Daniela Ryf made it seven titles in seven Ironman starts when she won the women’s category in 8:47:01.
“To be honest, it’s a bit of a miracle for me because I pulled my back before the race.
“It really hurt in the swim but it held up and I finally I found my pushing legs on the bike. Today turned out in the best way possible for my first time racing in South Africa,” said Ryf.
The Swiss champion was followed by the 2016 title holder Kaisa Lehtonen from Finland who finished in a sub-nine time of 8:52:25.
Britain’s Susie Cheetham rounded off the podium as she crossed the line in 9:04:48.
Results from each stage of the race can be seen here.