Belgium Ironman Marino Vanhoenacker repeated as champion of the Mercuryman Triathlon Sunday 11th February. The 41-year-old crossed the finish line completing the full triathlon as the only professional in 4:05:07:8, just shy of his 2017 finish and course record of 4:01:48.6. Afterwards, Vanhoenacker said the race pushed him to his limits.
“It was really good. I pushed really hard in the swim start,” said Vanhoenacker. “I tried to keep that pace for 400-500 meters until the far end. Pretty much the same with the bike until the turning point. Then I was pretty much on my own.”
In the Men’s Half Iron, Patrick Harfield set a new amateur course record with a time of 4:34:04.7. Afterwards, Harfield said the conditions pushed him in the first half of the race.
“Tough on the bike for sure,: said Harfield. “The wind was ridiculous, cross wind and head wind, which made the bike a little slow. The way back was a little more pleasant but wind made the hard in the first half which made the second half a little tougher.”
Here’s a look at all the individual winners from the 2018 Mercuryman Triathlon: