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Josh Amberger, Lucy Charles dominate Ho’ala IRONMAN Training Swim

Saturday's Ho'ala IRONMAN Training Swim in Kona saw a quality field testing themselves a week before the IRONMAN World Championship - and Lucy Charles on top form, yet again

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Lucy Charles impresses – again – at Ho’ala IRONMAN Training Swim


Fastest swimmers at Kona 2017 show the way a week out from the Big Dance

Each year, one week out from the IRONMAN World Championship, the Ho’ala IRONMAN Training Swim attracts a sold out entry, including many of the top Pros, to race over the 2.4 mile swim course of next week’s big race. Starting from Kailua Pier, the swim only differs from race day by ending on the opposite side of the pier in Kamakahonu Bay, rather than on Dig Me Beach.

Lucy Charles has been a regular at this – winning overall two years ago (HERE), and first women and third overall last year (HERE). No surprise of of course to see Lucy impressing one again, with only last years men’s IRONMAN World Championship swim leader, Josh Amberger, ahead of her… by little more than one second. Nobody else was able to stay with him.

Lucy missed out on the Kona swim course record last year by just a few seconds – if she swims even close to her 47:09 in seven days time, that record will be hers. Is triathlon’s best swimmer better than ever? Quite possibly.

Ho’ala IRONMAN Training Swim – Saturday 6th October 2017
2.4 miles

1st – Josh Amberger (AUS) – 47:08.4
2nd – Lucy Charles (GBR) – 47:09.8
3rd – Braden Currie (NZL) – 47:41.1
4th – Reece Barclay (GBR) – 47:45.4
5th – Matt Chrabot (USA) – 47:48.3

Selected others:

12th – Tim Don (GBR) – 50:30.1
16th – Patrick Lange (GER) – 50:34.6
17th – Will Clarke (GBR) – 50:37.7
23rd – Nathan Ford (GBR) – 50:48.3
24th – Cameron Wurf (AUS) – 50:58.4
26th – Lionel Sanders (CAN) – 51:22.6
27th – Paul Cowling (GBR) – 52:43.6
40th – Katherine Renouf (GBR) – 53:38.8
99th – Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 59:03.6


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John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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