McNamee tops British field at Ironman World Championship
In one of the deepest lineups of talent in recent memory, David In one of the deepest lineups of talent in recent memory, David McNamee earned 13th place at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday. The result made him the top finisher from Great Britain for the second year in a row.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (USA) – In only the second Ironman World Championship of his career, on 8 October 2016 David McNamee of Scotland finished in 13th place on Kona’s legendary lava beds, making the cereneo triathlete the top finisher from Great Britain. The podium was a German sweep, with Jan Frodeno clinching a rare repeat championship, Sebastian Kienle in second and Patrick Lange taking third.
McNamee, who also clocked the best finish for Britain in his debut Ironman World Championship last year, covered the 2016 course with a time of 08:28:05 that shaved more than four minutes off his 2015 result across the 2.4-mile (3.86km) swim, 112-mile (180.25km) bike ride and 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon. But with the Germans pushing the pace in one of the deepest fields in years, even the Scotsman’s improved time couldn’t boost him above the 11th place he had earned in the 2015 standings.
McNamee is the first athlete to train with cereneo triathlon, the unique performance management program launched in partnership with the cereneo research institution, and he earned three consecutive race podiums this season, including third place at Ironman Lanzarote and back-to-back wins at Challenge Galway and Challenge Poznań. Following a guiding principle of “motivation matters,” the cereneo triathlon experts worked with McNamee to achieve his objective of improving his result in this year’s Ironman World Championship – a goal the 28-year-old felt he achieved with his personal best time for the World Championship.
"It’s been quite a season, and very exciting to see progress as I actively collaborated on my training," said McNamee. “It was a tough race out there for everyone today, and I’m happy to have a faster time than in 2015. After some rest and recovery, I’m going to be looking forward to start laying out the plan for next year.”
Pro Men’s Top 15, Ironman World Championship 2016
1. Frodeno, Jan (GER), 2. Kienle, Sebastian (GER), 3. Lange, Patrick (GER), 4. Hoffman, Ben (USA), 5. Boecherer, Andi (AFG), 6. O'Donnell, Tim (USA), 7. Stein, Boris (GER), 8. Aernouts, Bart (BEL), 9. Rana, Ivan (ESP), 10. Van Lierde, Frederik (BEL), 11. Potts, Andy (USA), 12. Russell, Matt (USA), 13. McNamee, David (GBR), 14. Albert, Marko (EST), 15. Schildknecht, Ronnie (CHE)