IRONMAN South Africa 2021 preview, start time, watch live! – Elite news

This is our preview of IRONMAN South Africa 2021 – you can read our reports to find out how Maurice Clavel won for the PRO men and Ruth Astle won the PRO Women race.

Having already previewed the IRONMAN Cozumel in Mexico, we now turn our attention to another professional long distance M-Dot umbrella race this Sunday – IRONMAN South Africa 2021.

With a bigger stock market and live coverage, here’s our take on what to expect from the action in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Start time and how to watch live

Kudos to the IRONMAN broadcast team, who provided almost weekly coverage of races across the world in the second half of the 2021 season,

The IRONMAN Africa Championship this weekend will receive full streaming coverage.

The PRO race will start at 6:20 am local time on Sunday, November 21. It’s 0420 UK time / 0520 CET / 2320 Eastern (Saturday).

Remote events are always slightly more complex when it comes to streaming, as FB’s restrictions on video length mean that the broadcast is always in two parts, sometimes resulting in a frustrating transfer down the middle.

For your convenience, we’ve integrated the videos into this article so you can watch the race without leaving TRI247:

Part 1

IRONMAN 2021 African Championship professional race, part 1

*** UPDATE: Due to the weather in the area, our start time has changed. Professional men start at 6:25 am and professional women start at 6:30 am local time for a shortened swim of 1.9 km. Tune in for the last Facebook Watch race of the year as a strong field fighter for the IRONMAN 2021 Africa Championship in spectacular Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

posted by IRONMAN now Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Part 2

Whether on Facebook, via your Smart TV – or directly on this page – you will be able to watch the race live wherever you are and whatever device you choose.

As always, the IRONMAN Tracker app on mobile devices is your go-to add-on if you want to view real-time race data alongside live streaming and commentary.


Home favorite and 2018 champion Kyle Buckingham will wear # 1 this weekend. Born in Port Elizabeth, Buckingham will be 38 next week – a win here would truly be a birthday present to remember. Given the opposition, this will be a difficult challenge.

The name of the title in terms of recognition and popularity should be Sebastien kienle. The German won Kona in 2014, IRONMAN 70.3 world champions in 2012 and 2013, and won the Roth Challenge and IRONMAN European Championship three times in a truly stellar career. He’s been there and got the T-shirt in every way.

Kienle recently started a two-year countdown to his retirement at the end of 2023, but you have to think he wouldn’t be making this trip if he couldn’t perform strongly, in what has been far from it. his most successful year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that his Achilles treat him well, because an interview at Kienle’s finish line is never to be missed!

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 09: (EDITOR'S NOTE: This image was altered using a digital filter) Sebastian Kienle of Germany competes in the cycling stage of the race at the Championships Europe Ironman on July 9, 2017 in Frankfurt Main, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Scheuber / Getty Images for Ironman)
Photo by Alexander Scheuber / Getty Images for Ironman

Like Buckingham, another athlete who has already succeeded is Nils Frommhold (GER). Winner in 2014, he also finished second in 2017 and 2019 and therefore clearly at ease in the Eastern Cape province. Frommhold also took second behind an impressive Patrick Lange this year ar Challenge Roth. This form, combined with the positive vibes from previous visits, could make him a contender for the podium.

Nils Frommhold on his way to a 4:09:30 split time (and a race win) at Challenge Roth

In the form of confirmed veterans, we will end by highlighting two young people.

The first one standing, Rasmus Svenningsson (SWE), who in 14th place is the highest ranked athlete according to the PTO rankings. At 28, he has already won the IRONMAN Lake Placid and finished second at the IRONMAN Austria this year. He had to run in Sacramento before the weather had any other ideas, so it looks like his plans have changed.

Make Rasmus look old in comparison (!) Was born in Britain Sam laidlow (FRA) – 100% a name you will follow for the next decade or more. At just 22, he clocked an 8:05 iron distance time at 20 (IM Barcelona), a few months after winning the Lakesman Triathlon in the UK. He also had a memorable battle at IRONMAN UK this year with Joe Skipper.

Expect him to lead the race from the start as he is a very good swimmer and is more than happy to run forward on the bike as well.

Sam laidlow
Photo credit: Oriol Batista

PRO Women

In truth, a surprisingly small start list for women that includes 11 athletes – and that’s if everyone arrives.

I don’t ‘know’, but I’m going to assume that what will be just two weeks after 15km of walking / running at IRONMAN Florida, Imogen Simmonds (SUI) is probably unlikely to come straight back into another long distance race and take his place on the start list.

An athlete who is – and fresh off her greatest career success to date – is Ruth astle. After a big win at the IRONMAN Mallorca, the Briton says she has rebounded well and is still motivated to run, so she will start again on Sunday after a relatively late entry.

Having done this race myself a few times before, the roads and road surfaces will definitely have a British feel – none of those super smooth surfaces you will find elsewhere for sure! A small peloton would suggest that we will see few groups in the women’s race, and that would likely work well for Ruth, who put her cycling strength to good use in Mallorca.

Astle has run frequently, and always well too, throughout her career in her age group so I’m pretty confident that five weeks between events will work out well for her. British women have a long history of success in this race – could she even join Bella Bayliss, Chrissie Wellington, Jodie Cunnama and Lucy Charles-Barclay in claiming victory? It is certainly possible – and the confidence of one great victory can only help move you forward to another.

Ruth Astle Outlaw Demi Holkham 2021

Ruth is currently 33rd in the PTO rankings, and significant competition will likely come from 26th, Manon Genet (FRA). The French athlete finished second in the Challenge Almere, the long distance triathlon world championships, finishing with a marathon of 2.58 hours. The Briton would certainly like to start the run a few minutes ahead of Manon …

Manon Genet / Pontevedra 2019 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships

You can click here to find the complete start list.

Prize money: what’s at stake?

With IRONMAN regional championship status, Sunday’s races will provide a total purse of $ 100,000. This means a better attractive check of $ 15,000 for the race winners, with the remainder of the pot going to the top 10.

There are also four qualifying spots (two for men, two for women) up for grabs for the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. This will take place on October 6 (Women) and 8 (Men) of next year.

Since her victory at the IRONMAN Mallorca last month, Kona’s qualification is already assured for Astle, so she will run for free. No such freedoms for all those who have October 2022 in mind.

  1. $ 15,000
  2. $ 9,000
  3. $ 7,000
  4. $ 5,000
  5. $ 4000
  6. $ 3,000
  7. $ 2,500
  8. $ 2,000
  9. $ 1,500
  10. $ 1,000

We’ve said this regularly, but it’s always worth remembering (!) – there is one secondary prize source that athletes run for – the Power take-off “Race for classifications” which will see a total of $ 2,000,000 paid to the top 100 athletes, men and women, at the end of the 2021 season.

It is entirely possible with a strong performance for an athlete to move their PTO ranking sufficiently, meaning that their improved payout could more than exceed the prize check paid on Sunday. So, there is much more than that simple $ 100,000 handbag to consider.

Race For The Rankings 2021 PTO Prize Scholarship

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