Prize money and Championship Points up for grabs in Ironman South Africa Results 2017.

This iconic race that kicked off at Nelson Mandela Bay is billed as the Ironman African Championship. The race sold out as usual and 75 Ironman Hawaii World Championship slots were up for grabs for top age-group finishers.

There was really no clear cut favorite as the gun sounded to begin the race. A strong European contingent and several local stars made picking the podium finishers in the Ironman South Africa Results 2017 pretty difficult.

The winners of Ironman South Africa 2016 were Ben Hoffman and Kaisa Lehtonen with times of 8:12:37 and 9:06:50 respectively. Both 2016 winners were on hand to defend their titles.

MALE PRO START LIST

ACKERMANN, Johann
AMBERGER, Josh
BUCKINGHAM, Kyle
BÄCKSON, Fredrik
CANHEDO, Vinicius
CHRISTENSEN, Bekim
CIOTTI, Emanuele
CLOSE, Greg
CSOKE, Balazs
CUNNAMA, James
DE BRUIN, Gerhard
DE ELIAS, Mario
DEL CORRAL MORALES, Victor Manuel
FROMMHOLD, Nils
HOFFMAN, Ben
KRAMER, Christian
LAMPRET, Freddy
LLANOS, Eneko
MCNAMEE, David
MOLINARI, Giulio
PETERSEN-BACH, Jens
RISTI, Ivan
ROMAN, Deisenhofer
SCHELTINGA, Evert
SKIPPER, Joe
STEIN, Boris
STRIJK, Erik-Simon
TOUMY, Degham
VABROUSEK, Petr
Van Berkel, Jan
VAN LIERDE, Frederik
VAN LOOY, Diego
VISTICA, Andrej
WILTSHIRE, Harry
WURF, Cameron
ZASYPKIN, Valentin

Josh Amberger of Australia and Harry Wiltshire of Great Britain were the only two male pros to complete the swim in under 49 minutes. They had swim times of 48:01 and 48:04 respectively. Balazs Csoke of Hungary was third in 49:01.

Cameron Wruf posted the fastest bike split of the day with his clocking of 4:20:11. It gave him a narrow lead of about two minutes over Nils Frommmhold and defending champion Ben Hoffman who were racing in 2nd and 3rd.

PRO MEN SWIM AND BIKE TIMES

WURF, Cameron    	00:49:13 04:20:11
FROMMHOLD, Nils  	00:49:05 04:22:31
HOFFMAN, Ben     	00:49:14 04:22:33
AMBERGER, Josh   	00:48:02 04:29:29
Van Berkel, Jan  	00:49:12 04:28:41
VAN LIERDE, Frederik	00:49:05 04:28:32
BUCKINGHAM, Kyle	00:49:15 04:28:38
MOLINARI, Giulio	00:49:07 04:28:34
SCHELTINGA, Evert	00:49:12 04:28:40
MCNAMEE, David   	00:49:09 04:28:45
STEIN, Boris     	00:53:57 04:23:49
LLANOS, Eneko    	00:49:19 04:28:31
CUNNAMA, James   	00:49:10 04:28:47
ROMAN, Deisenhofer	00:49:18 04:33:46
ACKERMANN, Johann	00:49:06 04:34:37
KRAMER, Christian	00:49:10 04:37:07
SKIPPER, Joe    	00:53:59 04:32:04
VISTICA, Andrej  	00:53:53 04:34:43
STRIJK, Erik-Simon	00:53:54 04:34:39
DE ELIAS, Mario  	00:53:58 04:34:47
PETERSEN-BACH, Jens	00:49:11 04:42:34
BÄCKSON, Fredrik	00:56:28 04:46:25
CSOKE, Balazs	        00:49:02 04:55:57
DE BRUIN, Gerhard	00:55:46 04:53:50
LAMPRET, Freddy 	00:55:50 04:53:26
CIOTTI, Emanuele	00:53:56 04:58:15
VAN LOOY, Diego  	01:05:44 04:46:28
CLOSE, Greg	        00:59:42 04:56:49
WILTSHIRE, Harry	00:48:05 05:17:49
ZASYPKIN, Valentin	01:12:27 05:23:03
VABROUSEK, Petr         01:00:07 05:41:27

It turned into a close race between Nils Frommhold of Germany and defending champion Ben Hoffman of the USA. The two male pros made a clean break of seven minutes on the rest of the field.

Ben Hoffman would not be denied and successfully defended his title when he crossed the finish line first in the Ironman South Africa results 2017. His wimming time was 07:58:40.

MALE PRO FINISH TIMES

HOFFMAN, Ben     	07:58:40
FROMMHOLD, Nils  	07:59:30
MCNAMEE, David   	08:07:31
BUCKINGHAM, Kyle	08:08:58
Van Berkel, Jan  	08:12:35
STEIN, Boris     	08:16:12
VAN LIERDE, Frederik	08:19:10
MOLINARI, Giulio	08:21:09
VISTICA, Andrej 	08:23:21
CUNNAMA, James  	08:24:42
WURF, Cameron    	08:25:31
SKIPPER, Joe    	08:28:46
SCHELTINGA, Evert	08:31:04
LLANOS, Eneko   	08:34:15
DE ELIAS, Mario    	08:36:22
ACKERMANN, Johann	08:39:44
ROMAN, Deisenhofer	08:43:30
AMBERGER, Josh   	08:44:41
VAN LOOY, Diego 	08:49:32
STRIJK, Erik-Simon	09:00:36
DE BRUIN, Gerhard	09:07:31
LAMPRET, Freddy  	09:52:28
CIOTTI, Emanuele	09:53:08
VABROUSEK, Petr  	09:59:52
ZASYPKIN, Valentin	10:13:45

Kaisa Lehtonen would have her hands full repeating as champion in this star-studded field. No less that 8-10 pro women could potentially challenge for a spot on the podium.

FEMALE PRO START LIST

BARTLETT, Nikki
CHEETHAM, Susie
COLLONGE, Jeanne
COMBER, Kate
CORKER, Steph
DELIGNY, Camille
DUKE, Dimity-Lee
FLETCHER, Jenny
FRADES, Gurutze
GAJER, Julia
GENÊT, Manon
Grohmann, Katharina
HERRERO GÓMEZ, Helena
JAHN, Kirsty
KONSCHAK, Katja
LEHRIEDER, Carolin
LEHTONEN, Kaisa
LÜTHI, Diane
MACK, Danielle
MOELLER, Kristin
MONTICELI, Ariane
RYF, Daniela
SCHINK, Lina-Kristin
SCHMITT, Natascha
STIENEN, Astrid
TONDEUR, Alexandra
WATKINSON, Annah

The first five pro women in the swim finished within nine seconds of each. Daniela Ryf of Switzerland and Kate Comber of Great Britain finished tied for first with identical times of 53:48.

Daniela Ryf of Switzerland was fastest out on the 180K bike course with her clocking of 4:50:50. Defending Champion Kaisa Lehtonen of Finland was about four minutes behind her as she left the bike/run transition area.

Julia Gajer of Germany and Susie Cheetham were right in the mix in 3rd and 4th place. Early on it looked like the podium spots would be decided among these four as the rest of the field was well off the pace.

FEMALE PRO SWIM AND BIKE TIMES

RYF, Daniela     	00:53:48 04:50:50
LEHTONEN, Kaisa  	00:55:29 04:53:03
GAJER, Julia     	00:53:54 04:55:58
CHEETHAM, Susie  	00:53:56 04:57:43
BARTLETT, Nikki  	00:58:40 05:03:09
STIENEN, Astrid 	01:01:07 05:01:42
GENÊT, Manon    	00:58:44 05:03:36
KONSCHAK, Katja 	00:53:57 05:09:48
COLLONGE, Jeanne	00:59:47 05:04:58
TONDEUR, Alexandra	00:58:37 05:08:06
COMBER, Kate     	00:53:48 05:15:47
MONTICELI, Ariane	00:58:45 05:13:11
FRADES, Gurutze 	01:00:37 05:11:20
SCHMITT, Natascha	00:58:43 05:15:21
MOELLER, Kristin	01:06:23 05:09:18
Grohmann, Katharina	01:10:04 05:05:47
LÜTHI, Diane     	00:58:34 05:17:12
FLETCHER, Jenny  	00:58:41 05:20:59
DUKE, Dimity-Lee	00:58:37 05:25:19
CORKER, Steph    	01:01:41 05:27:35
SCHINK, Lina-Kristin	01:11:31 05:24:17
MACK, Danielle   	01:06:12 05:34:36

Daniela Ry of Switzerland was on her game and claims the top of the podium in the Ironman South Africa results 2017. Kaisa Lehtonen, the 2016 champion, had to settle for second place.

FEMALE PRO FINISH TIMES

RYF, Daniela    	08:47:02
LEHTONEN, Kaisa  	08:52:26
CHEETHAM, Susie 	09:04:49
STIENEN, Astrid 	09:24:37
FRADES, Gurutze 	09:24:59
KONSCHAK, Katja 	09:25:40
TONDEUR, Alexandra	09:26:29
COLLONGE, Jeanne	09:27:18
BARTLETT, Nikki 	09:27:49
Grohmann, Katharina	09:29:20
MONTICELI, Ariane	09:29:27
COMBER, Kate    	09:47:44
GENÊT, Manon     	09:50:32
LÜTHI, Diane     	09:52:50
SCHINK, Lina-Kristin	09:54:47
GAJER, Julia     	09:55:08
FLETCHER, Jenny  	09:59:27
CORKER, Steph    	10:04:18

AGE GROUP RESULTS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE IRONMAN.COM LINK BELOW.

These results originated on Ironman.com. Be sure to visit them for complete race results and info on upcoming WTC events.

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