The first of two Ironman World Championships this year is now underway. The pro’s racing in St. Andrews George, Utah have completed the swim and are now out on the bike. In the men’s race it was Sam Laidlow out of the water first at 47:29 followed by Daniel Baekkegard and Kyle Smith. Canadian Jason Pohl lead the way out of the water in 22nd for the top Canuck place followed while Lionel Sanders in 29th position.
In the women’s race Haley Chura led the women out of the water at 50:29 with Fenella Langridge and Lisa Norden following. Canadian’s Rachel McBride got off to a good start coming out of the water in 8th position while Angela Naeth came out of the water on 17th.
There were two notable scratches before the race. Both Alistair Brownlee and Gustav Iden decided not to start the first of two Ironman World Championships this year.
Brownlee posted the news to his Instagram story last night noting sickness as the reason for the scratch.
Gustav Iden also posted about watching the race from the sidelines due to illness this morning on Instagram.