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Kona photos: Hammering in the heat at the Ironman World Championship

You don’t earn a top finish at the Ironman World Championship without a strong run, a fact that was proven once again at this year’s race in Kona when the two champions, Jan Frodeno and Anne Haug, both posted the day’s fastest marathon. Photos from the final, and always-challenging leg of the challenging day in Kona.

Jan Frodeno needed a 2:44 marathon to break the course record – his 2:42 split was more than enough!

After a strong early start, Alistair Brownlee suddenly found himself being hunted down by Cameron Wurf.
In his first attempt at the Ironman World Championship, the two-time Olympic champion struggled over the last half of the run.
Typically known as the sport’s fastest cyclist, Cam Wurf put together a solid run.
Lucy Charles-Barclay led the swim, was first off the bike and did all she could to maintain her lead on the run.
Anne Haug started the run eight-minutes behind Charles-Barclay, but quickly made inroads on the lead – which the live coverage helicopter made sure to follow closely.
Haug wasn’t sure how she’d be able to handle the marathon after spending much of the year dealing with injuries.
Fighting a stomach bug, Daniela Ryf was never herself, but gallantly soldiered on through the run.
Corinne Abraham posted one of the day’s fastest run splits to move herself into the top-10.
Second off the bike, Tim O’Donnell maintained that position throughout the run, holding off the challenges from behind.
Early in the run Lionel Sanders looked to be ready to go after another podium finish …
O’Donnell managed to keep his sub-2:50 pace going even as he battled the heat and humidity along the Queen K.
After having to drop out of last year’s race with Achilles issues, Sebastian Kienle surged back into the top-three thanks to a strong run.
After a strong start, Sanders started to struggle out on the Queen K.
In just her second Ironman and her first trip to Kona, Germany’s Laura Philipp found herself in contention for the podium.