After Jan Frodeno claimed his third world title in a course record, it was left to first-time winner Anne Haug to complete an impressive double success for Germany
However, as the Swiss battled with a stomach bug to finish 13th, Haug ran a blistering marathon to cement herself in the history books.
“The whole run felt pretty amazing. I just concentrated on myself and tried not to over pace. It worked pretty well,” she said after finishing the race in a time of 8 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds.
Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay finished second having led for the majority of the race before she was overtaken by the German during the run. Australia’s Sarah Crowley finished third.
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The event, held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, every year since 1978, sees competitors tested over an epic 140.6-mile journey which starts with a giant 2.4-mile swim in the harbor.
After completing the swim, athletes then set off on a 112-mile bike ride across the scorched island before finishing with a 26.2-mile marathon.
In the men’s race, 2018 Olympic champion Frodeno claimed a third title, adding to his victories from 2015 and 2016.
Despite the blustery and humid conditions, strong performances both on the bike and during the run saw the 38-year-old set a new course record of 7 hours, 51 minutes and 13 seconds.
American Tim O’Donnell was the second man to cross the line over eight minutes later while Germany’s Sebastian Kienle finished third.
“Honestly I don’t care about the record, it’s fantastic but it’s a championship. After walking here two years ago, it’s a bloody good feeling to run 4-minute k’s [kilometers],” Frodeno said.
Germany has dominated the men’s race in recent years, with the last six winners coming from the country.