Boasting an almost flawless performance, Swiss athlete Daniela Ryf dominated the 2015 Ironman World Championship and claimed her new title as "Queen of Kona" with a winning time of 8:57:57, including a blazing 4:50:46 bike split aboard her Felt IA race bike.
After a very strong 56:14 swim, Ryf exited the water with the leaders and, in short order, moved to the front even before hitting the famed Queen K coastal highway. Once out on the open road, Ryf, whose cycling prowess is well-documented, slowly stretched her lead while putting the screws to the few who attempted to keep her in sight. The out-and-back course served up its usual blend of heat and high winds. Yet despite the seemingly never-ending elements, Ryf never seemed to fade. With close to an eight-minute lead lead out of the second transition (T2), Ryf commanded the pace on the run, ultimately building to a 13-minute gap by the finish and all the way to her first Ironman Kona World Championship win! It was an amazing victory for the 28-year-old who, only one year ago, finished second to three-time Kona World Champion Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae in her Kona freshman effort.
Unfortunately, the highly anticipated showdown between Rinny and Ryf never fully materialized as what looked to be a relatively minor mid-week bike crash for Rinny reared its head on race day, forcing Rinny to abandon midway though the bike section due to a sore back.
2015 Kona Ironman World Championship Results (Pro Women):
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 8:57:57 (56:14 / 4:50:46 / 3:06:37)
2. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:10:59 (56:11 / 5:01:29 / 3:08:42)
3. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 9:14:52 (56:13 / 5:07:25 / 3:06:25)
4. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 9:18:50 (56:11 / 5:00:41 / 3:17:14)
5. Heather Jackson (USA) 9:21:45 (1:04:36 / 5:04:43 / 3:07:53)
6. Susie Cheetham (GBR) 9:23:50 (57:39 / 5:14:33 / 3:06:55)
7. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:24:32 (1:10:01 / 5:02:28 / 3:06:33)
8. Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 9:25:41 (56:14 / 4:59:17 / 3:25:23)
9. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:27:54 (56:16 / 4:59:17 / 3:15:27)
10. Lucy Gossage (GBR) 9:28:36 (1:05:08 / 5:02:40 / 3:15:51)
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