Germany’s Maurice Clavel emerged the victor at the IRONMAN African Championships with a winning time of seven hours, 30 minutes. It is his first victory in the ultra-distance triathlon.

Fellow German Sebastien Kienle finished second and Rasmus Svenningson from Sweden came in third. The Brit Ruth Astle was the queen of the race today winning with a time of 8 hours 38 min. Hometown favourite Kyle Buckingham came fourth after a good showing in the running leg.

A strong easterly wind whipped up a choppy Algoa Bay, forcing the hand of the organisers to halve the swimming distance to 1.9 kilometres. That same wind made for a tough bike leg resulting in a tight race. Only four minutes separated the top three at the end.

“It was very very tough you know. Lagging behind and then I saw Sebi was having a tough time and I thought to myself you know what I can win this. So I was just patient and look. I won. I am so so happy to be here,” says Male Winner Maurice Clavel.

Ruth Astle laid down the foundation for her success on the bike leg. She then maintained a good pace while running, holding off two charging South Africans.

For the first time, there were two local woman athletes on the podium.

A hard-charging Annah Watkinson came second with compatriot Jade Nicole following her.