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7:51:13 – Record Smashing Success at Kona for Frodo

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Jan Frodeno made a record setting return to the Big Island, blazing a course record of 7:51:13 for this third Ironman World Championship. Beating the previous record by more than a minute, Frodeno turned onto triathlon’s most famous stretch of road— Kailua-Kona's Ali'i Drive—and broke into a smile after an amazingly consistent performance on a hot day against a stacked pro men’s field.

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Frodeno made the front group on the bike, riding a 4:16:03 aboard a Canyon equipped with Zipp 858 NSW wheels. He was first off the bike and would never be seen by his rivals again. Frodeno remained committed to the deep rims (82-77mm rim depth) even with the strong crosswinds of the Queen K because of the wheels’ design for stability. For Frodeno, the victory was extra sweet after missing the race a year ago because of injury. He won aboard Zipp wheels in 2015 and 2016.

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What’s more, Zipp-sponsored pros captured two additional podium spots. Germany’s Sebastian Kienle clawed his way to third with a strong bike and run, and Australia’s Sarah Crowley finished third after pushing herself to the limit on the run. All rode Zipp NSW.

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Zipp Atop Kona Spec Count

Zipp remains the clear No. 1 choice among triathletes just as they have since the famed Kona bike-spec count began in 2006. More than a third of all athletes at the Ironman World Championships chose Zipp wheels. In total, Zipp tallied 1,596 at Kona, more than three times the next closest rival. Kona triathletes also making the transition to disc-brake wheels, with about 500 disc brake wheels in the Kona spec count.

Mahalo to all who roll on Zipp, Kona or elsewhere.

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