1st Place Male: #002 - Jan Frodeno » Huge congrats to Jan Frodeno, the man of the day, and our new Ironman World Champion. He was this year's 70.3 world champion, last year's 3rd place at Kona, and a favorite going into the race. He swam with the leaders (Andy Potts and Dylan McNeice) all the way to end, but finished second behind Dylan McNeice with a time of 50:50. This was slightly faster than his swim time from 2014 of 50:56. Frodeno raced out of transition, and quickly took the lead on the bike. He rode the new Canyon Speedmax that we featured earlier this week. He used the SRAM Red eTap groupset and Zipp wheels. At 76 miles, he was 1 minute behind the leader. When Tim O'Donnell slowed unexpectedly at mile 85, Frodeno had an opportunity to regain the lead, which he did at mile 95. He finished the bike in 1st place with a ride time of 4:27:27. This was much better than his 4:37:19 last year when he had flat tire troubles. He started the run in 1st, and quickly began to extend his lead running a sub 5:30 pace. The first 3-ish miles he did in 17:20. At just under 7 miles, he began to slow down, but was still running 15sec/mile faster than O'Donnell and Kienle. At the 9 mile mark, Frodeno had a 2 min lead over O'Donnell, and 4 mintures over Kienle. With 10k to go, he was in first with a 3 minute lead. Frodeno finished the run in 2:52:21 (3rd fastest run), with a total time of 8:14:40. He has now completed the triple-crown of triathlon wins with his Olympic gold title in Beijing, the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, and now an IRONMAN World Championship!. This should secure his place in triathlon history.
Here is our giant Kona 2015 race day gallery. Like always, Kona proved to be quite surprising for many. Last year's 2nd place female became this year's champion. Last year's male champion lost it on the run and dropped from 3rd to 8th place. Last year's female champion dropped out of the race before the 1/2 way mark. Andy Potts found himself in 4th place like last year, and Rachel Joyce collected another 2nd place finish. It was a great day of racing, and you can see over 300 pictures from the day in our gallery.