Tyler Butterfield finished 6th today in 8 hrs 18 mins 39 secs at the Challenge Roth triathlon in Germany over the ironman race distances.
Butterfield had a solid swim and was third off the bike but faded in the run, perhaps a sign of his interrupted training due to illness and injury.
The story of the day was the performance of Germany’s Jan Frodeno, the 2015 Ironman World Champion, who posted an extraordinary time of 7 hrs 35 mins 39 seconds to beat the previous fastest time over this distance by over 6 minutes. Frodeno destroyed the field with second place Joe Skipper finishing in 7 hrs 56 mins 23secs, over 20 minute behind Frodeno. Defending champion, Nils Frommhold, considered one of the best ironman triathletes, was third in 2:57:49.
Frodeno’s splits make impressive reading with a 45:22 swim, 4:08:07 bike and 2:39:18 run.
When asked whether Frodeno had raised the bar to a new level, Australian pro triathlete Luke McKenzie, himself a podium finisher at Ironman Worlds, replied :”yes, to the moon”.
Tyler’s splits were 48:56, 4:17:18, 3:08:46
The women’s race was won by 2015 Ironman World Champion Daniella Ryf of Switzrland, who narrowly missed out on breaking Chrissie Wellington’s world record mark. Ryf also dominated the field finishing in 8:22:04, good enough for 9th overall.