Iden And Findlay Win The 2020 PTO Challenge Daytona
Mens': Norwegian Gustav Iden came first with a time of 03:05:06, putting a difference of 51 seconds between him and second place Matt Hanson. Coming out of the second transition in 15th place, Iden really turned on his after burners to come first by almost a minute.
There were some surprises and some unfortunate DNF's - most noticeably by Alistair Brownlee who suffered an injury after being in the leading pack for most of the run. Some of the big names to finish outside of the top three were Lionel Sanders (4th) and Sam Long (9th) who were on each others' heels towards the end of the race, with Big Sam Long collapsing at the finish line after giving it his all.
All three of the podium finishers, Iden, Hanson and Goodwin were outside of the top 12 after the cycle and the swim but managed to put on a show in the run and make up huge times.
There were also great performances from up-and-coming professional athletes who were giving it their all out in the water and on the track. Kieran Lindars, only 24 years of age and a ZEN8 coach, proved that he has what it takes to race with the best in the world. Kieran showed that he is an athlete to keep an eye on.
Womens': In the women's race Canadian Paula Findlay won with an unbeatable time of 03:24:55 followed by German Ann Haug who was the fastest runner with a final time of 03:27:32. After suffering a two minute penalty, Haug could not catch up with Findlay even after a putting on an incredible run.
Ann Haug, however, did put on a great fight during the run - despite the ban - managing to beat her fellow German Laura Philipp in third place by two and a half minutes.
Swedish Lisa Nordén was another unfortunate athlete to be hit with an injury during Challenge Daytona. After being in the front pack out of the water and the quickest on the bike, Lisa suffered an injury which resulted in a DNF.
For a full breakdown of the results check out TriRating.