Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
10 Apr 2016
5:33 pm

Hoffman, Lehtonen win Ironman SA titles

Wesley Botton

Hoffman covered a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42km run - in 8:12:37.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 10: Ben Hoffman (US) during the 2016 Super Rugby match between Standard Bank Ironman South Africa at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on April 10, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

American Ben Hoffman and Finnish athlete Kaisa Lehtonen dominated the Ironman South Africa triathlon in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, securing victory in the men’s and women’s categories.

Hoffman, a former Ironman World Championships silver medalist, covered the grueling distance – including a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42km run – in 8:12:37.

Australian Tim van Berkel took second position in 8:14:51, a little more than two minutes off the pace in a tightly-fought contest.

Matt Trautman was the first South African home, earning fourth spot in 8:19:25, just 33 seconds outside a podium place. It was the third year in a row he finished among the top five at the event, which incorporated the African Championships.

Lehtonen won the elite women’s race in 9:06:50, nearly three minutes ahead of Great Britain’s Susie Cheetham (9:09:49).

Annah Watkinson was the first local woman to finish, taking eighth place in 9:44:11.