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Kona women’s start list announced

History will be made next week when the pro women race at the 2022 Ironman World Championship

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

On Thursday, Oct. 6, history will be made at the Ironman World Championship with two days of racing in Kona. All the women competing at this year’s worlds, along with a few men’s age groups, will compete on Thursday, while the rest of the men will race on Saturday, Oct. 8.

“With two days of racing, we will have an opportunity to witness these incredible athletes like never before in what is sure to be a historic pair of race days,” said Andrew Messick, Ironman Group president and CEO.

He’s not kidding, either. While the pro women’s field will be missing Kat Matthews, who was hit by a car while training in Texas on Sunday, the rest of the world’s top full-distance competitors appear ready for a big day on the Big Island.

Five-time Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf, who dominated the first world championship event of the year in St. George, Utah, is back in Kona as the prohibitive women’s favourite, but she’ll have to be on form to take the win, for sure. Matthews would have been wearing race #2 in the event, but will no longer be part of the stacked field. 2019 champion Anne Haug was third in St. George on a course that she felt didn’t suit her at all – she’s much more comfortable with the rolling hills and heat of Kona. Lucy Charles-Barclay will be in Kona to race, which was a bit of a surprise as she spent so much of the year injured, but look for her to blaze out of the water and onto the bike, then lead for a lot (if not all) of the bike.

Anne Haug on her way to the 2019 Ironman World Championship title. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Some other names to keep an eye on include a resurgent Sarah True who has returned from maternity leave with impressive wins at Eagleman 70.3 and Ironman Lake Placid. She took fourth in Kona in 2018, so she knows how to race near the front on the Big Island. Sarah Crowley was third in Kona in 2019 and appears to be rounding into that kind of form again with wins this year at Ironman Australia, Ironman Cairns and Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz.

Jen Annett was just starting to wind things up for another of her stellar bike rides at the 2019 event when she collided with a race motorcycle …

Canada’s Jen Annett makes a return to the Big Island again this year. In 2019 she was hit by a media motorcycle early on in the bike and was unable to finish the race. She’ll return to see if she can use her prodigious bike skills to improve on her 25th-place finish from 2018 and complete an impressive year that’s seen her finish second at both Ironman Des Moines and Ironman Mont-Tremblant.

Here’s the list of the pro women who will be racing next week:

F1 Ryf Daniela CHE
F3 Haug Anne DEU
F4 Moench Skye USA
F5 Astle Ruth GBR
F6 Charles-Barclay Lucy GBR
F7 Crowley Sarah AUS
F8 Philipp Laura DEU
F9 Jackson Heather USA
F10 Norden Lisa SWE
F11 Siddall Laura GBR
F12 Langridge Fenella GBR
F14 Frades Larralde Gurutze ESP
F15 Stage-Nielsen Maja DNK
F17 True Sarah USA
F18 McCauley Jocelyn USA
F19 Bleymehl Daniela DEU
F20 Svensk Sara SWE
F21 Oliveira Pamella BRA
F22 Chura Haley USA
F23 Mitchell Simone GBR
F24 Sodaro Chelsea USA
F25 Zimmermann Laura DEU
F26 Genet Manon FRA
F28 Clarke Rebecca NZL
F29 Mathieux Justine FRA
F30 Brandon Lauren USA
F31 Curridori Elisabetta ITA
F32 Ryter Joanna CHE
F33 Zilinskas Rachel USA
F35 Kiley Renee AUS
F36 Annett Jen CAN
F37 Hartikainen Heini FIN
F38 Fillnow Kelly USA
F39 Liepold Kristin DEU
F40 Illeditsch Elena DEU
F41 Duke Dimity-Lee AUS
F43 Sainter Chantal GBR
F44 Slater Penny AUS
F46 Simpson Kylie AUS
F47 Nieuwoudt Magda ZAF
F48 Robertson Jodie USA
F49 Schulz Jenny DEU
F50 Neres Beatriz BRA
F51 Cheetham Susie GBR
F52 Bevilaqua Kate AUS