Amazing production from Ironman Triathlon. Motivating video of 2014 Ironman World Championship with extraordinary minutes during the race.
Germany's Sebastian Kienle and Australia's Mirinda Carfrae shared the greatest honors amongst a field stacked with former Olympians and Ironman champions at Ironman World Championship presented by GoPro. Hawaii's famous triathlon course provided just the sort of hot, windy conditions for which this race is so revered.
The women's race kicked off with the very same sort of close racing characteristics that would characterize its surface 9 hours later. Expected swim leaders Jodie Swallow, Meredith Kessler, and Amanda Stevens used their swim strength to lead the field through choppy conditions. The 3 came out of the water within seconds of each other, with a group consisting of Mary Beth Ellis (U.S.A), Liz Blatchford (AUS) and Gina Crawford (NZL) 30 seconds back. Pre-race favorites Rachel Joyce (GBR) and Caroline Steffen (CHE) left the water two minutes back.
On the bike, two chasers had the lead ladies in their sights from the get-go, and ended up being the ones to fear in the lava fields: Relative newbie, 27-year-old Daniela Ryf of Switzerland, and 2013 Ironman World Champion runner-up, Joyce. The 2 surpassed the early leaders Swallow, Ellis, and Kessler, and began to put time into the skilled professional athletes Steffen and Blatchford behind (not to mention the best runner in the sport, Mirinda Carfrae). Ryf, who is coached by Chrissie Wellington's former coach, Brett Sutton (and honestly desires the Brit's dominance), was off the bike with a race-best efficiency of 4:54:33, a two-minute cushion over Joyce, and a healthy three-plus minutes to the remainder of the leading 10. All eyes were on Carfrae's 14:30 deficit off the bike.
On the run, Joyce dug tough to put time into Ryf, but the leader never ever surrendered her lead over the Brit. The story of the women's race was, for the second year in a row, Carfrae, who showed remarkable strength after a taxing bike trip. She utilized her record-setting 2:50:27 marathon to ferret out Ellis, Swallow, and Steffen, and Joyce. The Australian, who understands the best ways to hunt from the back, passed Ryf just 3 miles from the surface.
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