Tim Don cemented his status as one of the world’s top triathletes with his third consecutive victory at the IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship, while Ben Hoffman took the top spot in his first attempt at the IRONMAN African Championship. The Human Interest Group congratulates both athletes for stand-out preparations and performances that led to victories this weekend in two of triathlon’s top competitions.
“With the quality of racers on the global circuit today, the IRONMAN regional championship wins by Tim and Ben should not be underestimated,” said Michael Cardoza, director of The Human Interest Group.
“Awesome job – again – by Tim with the South American Championship. He likes to race in Brazil, as he’s proven with his 3rd win on Team Bravo’s home turf. We’re excited to see him race the full Ironman there at the end of May.”
“We’re also really proud of Ben for his win at the African Championship. Since the end of last year, he’s been putting in the hours to build a base for an incredible 2016. This win was special, we know how much Ben put into this race so we couldn’t be more proud of him. We all know Ben can bike with the best of them, so I was extremely impressed with his fastest run split, especially against runners like Berkel.”
“And also congrats to Mau for fighting till the end at IRONMAN 70.3 Galveston. Obviously, his XTERRA passion and talents are suited to more rough and tumble terrains, but this was a good indication of things to come for him in 2016 and beyond” said Cardoza.
For Third Year In Row, Tim Don Crowned IRONMAN 70.3 South American Champion
Winning IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey for the third time just three weeks ago, Tim Don (GBR) extended another remarkable streak this weekend: for the third consecutive year, Don claimed victory at the IRONMAN 703. South American championship.
Don put together a stellar combination of individual performances to take the South American Champion title in Palmas, Brazil with a final time of 3:53:10. On the swim, Don was first out of the water with an even split of 26:00 (1:22/100m), and maintained a lead position with the second-fastest bike leg (2:05:15/43.11 km/hr). Don’s formidable leg speed was ignited on the run course, accelerating the 3x Olympian across the finish line first – also with the fastest run of the day at a time of 1:18:49 (3:44/km).
“Really happy to go 3 for 3 at the South American Champs. Palmas is a cool city and oh so hot. The run was brutal and it was tough to be pushed so hard by the rest of the guys. All focus is on my Team Bravo camp in Mallorca getting ready for Ironman Brazil” Don stated after his big win.
Ben Hoffman Wins First IRONMAN African Championship, Punches Kona Ticket
Ben Hoffman’s (USA) victory at the 2016 IRONMAN African Championship checked all of the right boxes: taking first place in his first full IRONMAN race of 2016, conquering the challenging South African course in his first race there, and controlling his power that moved him from the back to the front of the pro men’s pack. With this win, Hoffman qualifies for the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona.
After exiting the swim with a 52:58 (1:23/100 m) time, Hoffman started passing his competitors on the bike leg. His bike split of 4:29:36 was the 4th fastest of the race. Hoffman eventually caught up with the lead runners and about half-way through, he and Tim Van Berkel began a one-on-one race to capture the title. Finishing with the fastest run of the day at 2:45:50 (3:55/km), Hoffman captured the title of 2016 IRONMAN African Champion with a time of 8:12:37, a solid two minutes ahead of Berkel.
“I felt like I was in a great place coming into this race, in particular, psychologically. The training had been going great all winter in Tucson, but I am just in a special place in my life right now, and the energy is good. The race was spectacular and inspiring, and I was able to execute a very solid day that gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season, especially Kona this October. Want to say a big thanks to my entire support network that helped make this championship dream a reality,” said Hoffman.
Mauricio Mendez Takes 5th Place at IRONMAN 70.3 Texas In Season Opener
Last seen crossing the finish line at the 2015 XTERRA World Championships, Mauricio Mendez (MEX) started his 2016 season taking fifth place at IRONMAN 70.3 Texas. Mendez stayed strong against top contenders, including winner Lionel Sanders, and earning the fourth-fastest swim and second-fastest run of the race promise a good year for the twenty-year-old.
IRONMAN African Championship – Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Ben Hoffman (USA) 08:12:37
Tim van Berkel (AUS) 08:14:51
Marko Albert (EST) 08:18:52
IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship – Palmas, Brazil
Tim Don (GBR) 03:53:10
Leon Griffin (AUS) 03:56:49
Cody Beals (CAN) 03:59:12
IRONMAN 70.3 Texas
Lionel Sanders (CAN) 03:40:30
Andreas Dreitz (DEU) 03:43:46
Michael Weiss (AUT) 03:45:42
Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 03:46:06
Mauricio Mendez Cruz (MEX) 03:47:49
* Featured image (top of article) credited to @golongerpics – Tri Sport Magazine