Lost in all the action at Ironman South Africa, 70.3 Oceanside and Texas, were the blazing half marathon times from two triathlon world champions.

Patrick Lange, the Ironman world champion for the past two seasons, returned to racing at the Berlin 1/2 Marathon. He went just under his goal time of 1:10, with a time of 1:09:37.

My race started out a little too fast but it felt just amazing to get back to racing for the first time since Kona 2018. Had to fight between kilometer 15 to 19, but as I was getting closer to the finish line I was able to speed up again.  – @patricklange1

Javier Gomez, a five-time ITU and two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion, also ran a strong half marathon in Madrid. He finished the 21.1K race in 1:06. Gomez returned to ITU racing at the World Cup event in New Plymouth with a fifth-place finish. The Spaniard is expected to race at the World Triathlon Series event in Bermuda at the end of April.

Good training session in Madrid Half Marathon today, happy with my 1.06 on a hard course with 175m ascent. It was a privilege to race on the streets of Madrid with another 25,000 people. Well done, everyone. –  @jgomeznoya

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