The marathon. The pinnacle of road running, and this one starts between four and five hours into the attempt. 26.2 miles of flat, fast roads, with time running out and the Sub 7 and Sub 8 records in sight. The marathon will be run on a closed course, with no dead turns, plenty of spectator viewpoints and designed for maximum speed.
How will our athletes fare?
Dual Olympic Champion
How many times has Alistair Brownlee dropped the field on the run leg to win? Too many to count. Widely regarded as the best short course triathlete in history, Brownlee always has an extra gear on the run, and his rivals know it. If he gets the pacing right, there will be plenty left in the tank.
For Lucy Charles-Barclay, the run is often about protecting a lead, and more often than not she’s successful. At her very first Ironman in 2014, the then age-group athlete ran a 4:17. 5 years later, she ran her first sub-3 hour marathon on her way to winning Ironman South Africa.
Multiple Iron Distance Race Winner
Half Ironman World Record Holder
If Alistair Brownlee runs like a gazelle, then Kristain Blummenfelt runs like the lion that’s chasing him. Forgoing finesse, Norway’s Sub 7 hope gets it done by digging deeper into the pain than anyone else – you can see it on his face.
The consummate professional, for Nicola Spirig the run is about closing out victories. Involved in two of the most memorable Olympic run legs of all time, including a photo finish in London where she took gold, Spirig knows exactly how far she can push to get the best out of herself on the big stage.
Dual Olympic Medalist
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