Sam Holness completes IRONMAN World Championships in Kona

British age-grouper Sam Holness last night made history as he became the first ever openly autistic athlete to complete the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in a finishing time of 13:05:44.

The 29-year-old from London battled GI issues amongst other things before completing the challenge, following on from his completion of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in St George last year and his first-ever full-distance race at IRONMAN Frankfurt earlier on in 2022.

A pioneering endeavour

Upon completing the race, Holness was understandably delightedf, saying: “This is an epic event. I had some tummy issues today that made it really hard, but I pushed through, and I am so happy to finish.”

sam-holness-kona-2022-finish
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Out on the run, Holness was hit repeatedly with stomach issues which left him having to stop every few miles to settle his stomach according to coach and dad Tony. However, the Londoner soldiered on and completed Kona on his first attempt. Following the race, Sam said with certainty that “I’m definitely going to come back”.

Tony Holness, who coaches his son, proudly stated after Sam finished that “he’s a Londoner, a pioneer, a trailblazer, and he is going to go for bigger and better things. He is truly amazing, he is my hero!”. Both father and son have a lot to be proud of, and are likely to also use this race as a learning experience for future races.

Sam’s efforts, not just on the race course but also on social media and the internet, where he is at the forefront of the Ambitious about Autism campaign, is changing perceptions on a daily basis for what is possible for autistic athletes.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Mark Allen IRONMAN World Championship Road To St George
Mark Allen: The GOAT responds to IRONMAN’s Kona split plan
Alistair Brownlee Sub7 Run
Alistair Brownlee gives his take on IRONMAN’s Kona plans
swim-finish-kona-2022
IRONMAN Kona analysis: Everybody gets what nobody wants
Tim Don / IRONMAN World Championship / Kona 2018
Tim Don on IRONMAN Kona split: Will it be a hit or a miss?
Chelsea Sodaro IRONMAN World Championship 2022 finish
IRONMAN makes split decision after Kona KO for two-day WC
Latest News
Mark Allen IRONMAN World Championship Road To St George
Mark Allen: The GOAT responds to IRONMAN’s Kona split plan
Alistair Brownlee Sub7 Run
Alistair Brownlee gives his take on IRONMAN’s Kona plans
swim-finish-kona-2022
IRONMAN Kona analysis: Everybody gets what nobody wants
Tim Don / IRONMAN World Championship / Kona 2018
Tim Don on IRONMAN Kona split: Will it be a hit or a miss?
Chelsea Sodaro IRONMAN World Championship 2022 finish
IRONMAN makes split decision after Kona KO for two-day WC