Chasing a share of a US$250,000 professional prize purse, triathlon’s top talent will come together in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, for the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on September 1-2, 2018. Boasting one of the most competitive pro athlete fields in the sport, the event will make history when the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship takes place in Africa for the first time.
“The professional field set to compete in this championship is once again extraordinary,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “We are looking forward to a great two-day event. Nelson Mandala Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will be an excellent host as the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship hits the African continent for the first time; athletes from all around the globe are in for a treat.”
In 2017, Daniela Ryf (CHE) added a third IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title in four years to her list of accomplishments. Ryf will be looking to add to her impressive career and repeat as champion in 2018. Also vying for the title will be last year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship runner-up Emma Pallant (GBR). IRONMAN notes that the pro women’s field is ‘stronger and deeper than ever’.
Challenging these world champions is a group of talented women looking to break through, led by likes of 2013 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship winner and 2016 runner-up Melissa Hauschildt (AUS), 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship runner-up Heather Wurtele (CAN), multi-time IRONMAN 70.3 Champion Jeanni Seymour (ZAF), and up and coming IRONMAN 70.3 competitor Sarah True (USA).
Pro women’s start list for the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship:
|2||Pallant||Emma||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|4||True||Sarah||USA (United States of America)|
|6||Seymour||Jeanni||ZAF (South Africa)|
|10||Watkinson||Amelia||NZL (New Zealand)|
|12||Kaye||Alicia||USA (United States of America)|
|17||Langridge||Fenella||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|18||Lewis||Sarah||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|30||Watkinson||Annah||ZAF (South Africa)|
|31||Nieuwoudt||Magda||ZAF (South Africa)|
|33||Mathews||Laura||USA (United States of America)|
|34||Vodickova||Radka||CZE (Czech Republic)|
|41||Dingman||Danielle||USA (United States of America)|
|43||Charles||Lucy||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|44||Wiens||Kyra||USA (United States of America)|
|45||Hering||Jackie||USA (United States of America)|
|46||Bracegirdle||Sonia||NZL (New Zealand)|
On the men’s side, an equally determined group will seek to win this year’s title – with two-time 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Javier Gomez (ESP) returning to defend his crown. Jan Frodeno (DEU), who spent much of his upbringing in South Africa and was the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, is coming off impressive victories at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside to start the season, along with a win at the IRONMAN European Championship in July.
American hopeful and 2016 IRONMAN World Championship runner-up Ben Kanute (USA) makes a return to the field to vie for another podium spot. Joining for his first attempt at an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title will be two-time Olympic gold medallist, Alistair Brownlee (GBR). In addition, is last year’s fourth place finisher Sam Appleton (AUS), who has had a strong 2018 campaign including a victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa.
These are just a handful of names who are among the impressive pro men’s field that is expected to line up at the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in just over three weeks.
Pro men’s start list for the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship:
|1||Gomez Noya||Javier||ESP (Spain)|
|4||Von Berg||Rodolphe||USA (United States of America)|
|7||Kanute||Ben||USA (United States of America)|
|8||Mendez Cruz||Mauricio||MEX (Mexico)|
|11||Currie||Braden||NZL (New Zealand)|
|14||Metzler||Justin||USA (United States of America)|
|22||Bowden||Adam||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|24||Smales||Elliot||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|26||Brownlee||Alistair||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|28||Tutukin||Ivan||RUS (Russian Federation)|
|29||Aguayo Munoz||Emilio||ESP (Spain)|
|30||Maciel Da Silva||Paulo Roberto||BRA (Brazil)|
|31||Cunnama||James||ZAF (South Africa)|
|33||Libin||Alex||USA (United States of America)|
|35||Van de Wyngard||Felipe||CHL (Chile)|
|43||Buckingham||Mark||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|50||Moreno Molins||Albert||ESP (Spain)|
The 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon will offer a US$250,000 total professional prize purse, which will be distributed to male and female first- through tenth-place finishers.
In addition to the competitive professional field, approximately 4,500 registered age-group athletes, representing more than 90 countries, territories and regions from around the world, are expected to compete at this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
Located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay first hosted an IRONMAN event in 2004; and since 2015 has been the site of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship. The World Championship is seen as the pinnacle event in the global IRONMAN 70.3 calendar. The 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship took place on 9-10 September 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Originally starting at Chattanooga in 2017, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has evolved to be a two-day event – with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and age group men racing on the other.