By: New Balance
Posted on October 21, 2014
This past weekend, New Balance's top two triathletes - Sebastian Kienle and Mirinda Carfrae - went to Kona, Hawaii to compete in the sport's world championships. When the dust settled, one thing was perfectly clear: TeamNB is now a dominant force in Tri.
The conditions at Kona are the stuff of legend - the Big Island features the potential for swirling winds, choppy waters and extreme heat, making an already-brutal event that much more difficult for athletes. Saturday's field faced a ferocious mix of all three, but that didn't stop Sebi and Rinny from each turning in incredible performances.
The men's race kicked off first, with the field forced to deal with rough waters in Kailua Bay over more than two miles for the swim portion of the competition. Kienle, a two-time 70.3 World Champion, emerged from the water approximately four minutes behind the leader. The deficit was short-lived though as Kienle sliced through gusting winds to propel himself to the front of the pack, finishing the leg more than three minutes ahead of his closest chaser. Sebi cruised into the marathon portion and barely wavered in the blistering heat, running strong and finishing with an overall time of 8:14:18 (a full five minutes ahead of second place) to earn his first world championship title.
As impressive as Sebi's performance was on Saturday, it was two-time world champion Carfarae's that had people talking across Twitter well into the evening. At the start of the marathon portion of the race, Rinny was 14 minutes behind the leader. By the midway point of the marathon, she had shaved the lead down to nine minutes; it was then she decided to really make her move. Carfare flipped the switch and began to power her way through the run, motoring past those ahead of her in the field. As runners began to falter and struggle in the heat, Rinny somehow seemed to grow stronger and blew past the entire field, making it look easy in the process. At one point during the back stretch, the Kona live stream announcers proclaimed that Rinny looked like she "was born to run." Carfare cruised to the finish line breaking her own Kona marathon best time at 2:50:26 (9:00:55 overall) to claim her third Kona title, making her only the fourth woman in history to win three Kona championships.
Mirinda ran in the 1600v2 which you can SEE HERE.
Sebastian ran in the M1500, which will be available in January.