The Sub 7 and Sub 8 swim legs will take place on the same 2.4 mile course, which will be designed to eliminate delays and deliver the fastest possible times. The men and women will begin at different times, delivering two separate head-to-head races.
How will our athletes fare?
Dual Olympic Champion
Whist rarely first out of the water, Alistair Brownlee is never too far away from the leaders into transition. Having swum every single day since the age of eight, the reigning Olympic champion set up his record-breaking Ironman WA win in 2019 with a 46:29 swim split – and he’ll need to better than that if he is to go Sub 7.
Gone are the days when the swim was the prelude for a bike-run battle. Lucy Charles-Barclay has changed all that. Coming off a 10 year swimming career that culminated in an Olympic Trials final for Team GB, Charles-Barclay broke the 19-year Ironman World Championships swim record in 2018. She is rarely beaten out of the water, and rarely beaten in general.
Multiple Iron Distance Race Winner
Half Ironman World Record Holder
A training machine, Kristian Blummenfelt swims up to 45km every week. The Norwegian comes from a swimming background and never leaves himself too much work to do on the bike leg to find himself at the pointy end.
Throughout her long career, Nicola Spirig has freely admitted that her swim has been her weakest discipline, but that’s only due to the strength of her work on land. The 38 year old boasts a wealth of experience, and has always been one of the hardest workers in the pool.
Dual Olympic Medalist
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