Kona 2018: IRONMAN World Championship Pro Men’s Start List

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Top Five Men from 2017 return to Kona

55 Men on the final Pro Start List for Kona 2018

While there will be no Jan Frodeno at the IRONMAN World Championship in 10 days time on October 13th, the addition of five-time ITU World Champion Javier Gomez to the men’s race this year will surely add additional interest to an already impressive line-up. The final bib numbers have been issued today (full listing below), with Germany’s defending champion (and course record holder), Patrick Lange wearing #M1. Having set a run course record of 2:39:45 in 2016 – and almost matched that with 2:39:59 last year – it’s unlikely anyone aiming for the top spot on the podium will be wanting to start the marathon next to him.

David McNamee (who has never been beaten by another British athlete in an Ironman race), secured the first ever British Male Pro podium finish in Kona last year. Just moments later in an interview with myself, David reflected on the pre-event crash of fellow Brit Tim Don and wished him a speedy recovery and adding “next year we can battle it out for the podium.” Remarkably – given what he has been through – Tim will be racing again this year.

Completing the British Men’s entry of four Pro athletes is Joe Skipper (13th in 2015) and Will Clarke, who will be very hungry to perform having missed out last year after crashing and damaging his shoulder eight weeks before the race.

Will Clarke and Joe Skipper at the IRONMAN World Championships 2016
Will Clarke and Joe Skipper at the IRONMAN World Championships 2016


M1Patrick LangeGER (Germany)
M2Lionel SandersCAN (Canada)
M3Sebastian KienleGER (Germany)
M5David McNameeGBR (United Kingdom)
M6James CunnamaRSA (South Africa)
M7Javier Gomez NoyaESP (Spain)
M8Patrik NilssonSWE (Sweden)
M9Josh AmbergerAUS (Australia)
M10Braden CurrieNZL (New Zealand)
M11Frederik Van LierdeBEL (Belgium)
M12Ivan TutukinRUS (Russian Federation)
M14Andy PottsUSA (United States of America)
M15Kyle BuckinghamRSA (South Africa)
M16Bart AernoutsBEL (Belgium)
M17Brent McMahonCAN (Canada)
M18Ivan RanaESP (Spain)
M19Cameron WurfAUS (Australia)
M20Tim Van BerkelAUS (Australia)
M21Michael WeissAUT (Austria)
M22Igor AmorelliBRA (Brazil)
M23Matt HansonUSA (United States of America)
M24Joe SkipperGBR (United Kingdom)
M25Maurice ClavelGER (Germany)
M26Jan Van BerkelSUI (Switzerland)
M27Antony CostesFRA (France)
M28Philipp KoutnySUI (Switzerland)
M29Boris SteinGER (Germany)
M30Andrew StarykowiczUSA (United States of America)
M31Luke McKenzieAUS (Australia)
M32Tyler ButterfieldBER (Bermuda)
M33Will ClarkeGBR (United Kingdom)
M34Ben HoffmanUSA (United States of America)
M35Kevin CollingtonUSA (United States of America)
M36Marc DuelsenGER (Germany)
M37Jens Petersen-BachDEN (Denmark)
M38Cyril ViennotFRA (France)
M39Mike PhillipsNZL (New Zealand)
M40Alessandro DegasperiITA (Italy)
M41Ruedi WildSUI (Switzerland)
M42Andreas DreitzGER (Germany)
M43Tim O'DonnellUSA (United States of America)
M44Cameron BrownNZL (New Zealand)
M45Romain GuillaumeFRA (France)
M46Denis ChevrotFRA (France)
M47Thiago VinhalBRA (Brazil)
M48David PleseSVN (Slovenia)
M49Matt ChrabotUSA (United States of America)
M50Giulio MolinariITA (Italy)
M51Tim ReedAUS (Australia)
M52Ronnie SchildknechtSUI (Switzerland)
M53Callum MillwardNZL (New Zealand)
M54Simon CochraneNZL (New Zealand)
M56Nick BaldwinSYC (Seychelles)
M57Tim DonGBR (United Kingdom)
M58Matt RussellUSA (United States of America)


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