Kona 2019: IRONMAN World Championship Pro Women’s Start List

KAILUA KONA, HI - OCTOBER 13: Daniela Ryf of Switzerland celebrates after setting the course record of 8:26:16 to win the IRONMAN World Championships brought to you by Amazon on October 13, 2018 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Daniela Ryf heads the field in Hawaii, once again

43 Pro Women set for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship

Almost a full-house of the 2018 top-10 returning (Canada’a Angela Naeth is the only athlete missing – ironically, having qualified for 2020 already last week in Chattanooga), for the Pro Women of 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship.

As in 2018, both of the defending champions – Patrick Lange and Daniela Ryf – get to start with bib #1, with the M1 and F1 designations, respectively.

KAILUA KONA, HI - OCTOBER 13: Lucy Charles of Great Britain (second), Daniela Ryf of Switzerland (first) and Anne Haug of Germany (third) celebrate after the IRONMAN World Championships brought to you by Amazon on October 13, 2018 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Here is the full list of Female Professional athletes that will be competing for the $120,000 first prize.

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The Brits

There’s a significant British presence in Hawaii this year – six athletes – of which three are previous top-10 finishers.

Leading the way of course is Lucy Charles-Barclay, second in both 2017 and 2018. Winner this season at IRONMAN South Africa, Challenge Roth, The Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, a drafting penalty (and eventual fifth place) at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice may have ended that winning run, but she’ll be good to go in Kona at an event she’s had good experiences at, even winning as an Age-Group athlete prior to her Pro career. Expect her to lead the race for several hours… at least.

Lucy Charles-Barclay - IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire 2019
Photo: Huw Fairclough for IRONMAN

Sixth in both 2015 and 2017 (with a DNF in 2016 and 26th last year), statistically at least Susie Cheetham should be due a ‘good’ year. Qualifying in late 2018 (at IRONMAN Argentina) allowed a steady start to her season, while a win more recently at IRONMAN Hamburg suggests she is on track to time her peak form for Kona nicely.

Susie Cheetham - IRONMAN Hamburg 2019
Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Corinne Abraham secured her best result in Hawaii last year (ninth) – achieved despite a running injury – she was third off the bike. Quiet all year, Corinne rocked up to IRONMAN Tallinn, Estonia and added another impressive IRONMAN victory to her C.V. If her body is in one piece, she could well be aiming higher than ninth this time around.

IRONMAN Tallinn 2019 - Corinne Abraham / Kristin Liepold / Kimberley Morrison

Also pictured above – and third in Tallinn, is Kona debutant Kim Morrison. She’s been producing some exceptional Time Trial performances alongside her triathlon racing this season, so the straight roads of Kona could well play into her hands.

DUN LAOGHAIRE, IRELAND - AUGUST 25: Nikki Bartlett of Great Britain celebrates as she wins the womens race during IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire on August 25, 2019 in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for IRONMAN) *** Local Caption *** Nikki Bartlett
Nikki Bartlett – Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Rounding out the ‘Brit Pack’ are another two British IRONMAN winners in 2019. Nikki Bartlett took her first Pro win at IRONMAN Lanzarote in May, while Laura Siddall earned a third consecutive IRONMAN Australia title in the same month.

Laura Siddall Factor Slick
Laura Siddall – Photo Credit: Jody Wilson / www.jodywilsonphotography.com

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BIBFIRSTLASTCOUNTRY
F1DanielaRyfSUI
F2LucyCharles-BarclayGBR
F3AnneHaugGER
F4MirindaCarfraeAUS
F5SarahTrueUSA
F6SarahCrowleyAUS
F7KaisaSaliFIN
F8CorinneAbrahamGBR
F9LinseyCorbinUSA
F11HeatherJacksonUSA
F12CarrieLesterAUS
F14NikkiBartlettGBR
F15EmmaBilhamSUI
F16LaurenBrandonUSA
F17SusieCheethamGBR
F18MareenHufeGER
F19SueHuseCAN
F20JocelynMcCauleyUSA
F21LauraPhilippGER
F22SarahPiampianoUSA
F23DanielaBleymehlGER
F24LauraSiddallGBR
F25JenniferSpieldennerUSA
F26CarolineSteffenSUI
F27SvenjaThoesGER
F28JenAnnettCAN
F29NinaDerronSUI
F30GurutzeFradesESP
F31MeredithKesslerUSA
F32MartinaKunzSUI
F33KristinLiepoldGER
F34DanielleMackUSA
F35KimberleyMorrisonGBR
F36CamillaPedersenDEN
F37BarbaraRiverosCHI
F38JeanniSeymourZAF
F39ImogenSimmondsSUI
F40LesleySmithUSA
F41MajaStage-NielsenDEN
F42BiancaSteurerAUT
F43ElsVisserNLD
F44AnnahWatkinsonRSA
F45KelseyWithrowUSA

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