IRONMAN South Africa 2022: Watch live Joe Skipper bid for victory – Elite News

John Levison presents IRONMAN South Africa 2022, capping off a terrific weekend of elite racing. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The first weekend in April really sees the professional triathlon racing season kick up a notch. We already have IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside (Saturday) and Challenge Salou (Sunday) scheduled – but this weekend’s big money will be won at ISUZU IRONMAN South Africathe IRONMAN African Championship.

In even better news – as with Oceanside and Salou – you can also watch it all happen live at Kings Beach, Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth.

Start time and how to watch live

The IRONMAN African Championship will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

The races will start at 06:30 local time (PRO Men), with the PRO Women five minutes later. This corresponds to 0530/0535 in the UK, 0630/0635 CET and 0030/0035 Eastern Time.

**UPDATE** – race start postponed to 07:00 local time (PRO Men) and 07:05 (PRO Women) due to weather. Swimming course shortened to 700m.

South Africa will be the first of 14 long distance IRONMAN events in 2022 to be streamed live on their IRONMAN Now Facebook page and also available via Facebook Watch on smart TVs. This weekend’s race will be moderated by Matt Lieto, with further commentary and insights from Laura Siddall and Emma Pallant-Browne.

As always, the IRONMAN Tracker app on mobile devices is your essential complement if you want to view race data as you go along with the broadcast and commentary.


The highest ranked athlete based on the PTO ranking, and the clear favorite in the men’s race, must be Joe Skipper (GBR). Full of confidence and chatter – which he invariably supports on the course – Skipper has made winning iron distance races an annual event since winning the ETU Long Distance Championship title at Almere in 2017.

The UK (2018), Florida (2019), New Zealand (2020), United Kingdom and Chattanooga (2021) have since followed – with as many top full-distance podium finishes to add to the roster as well. mixed. Joe is a seasoned distance runner who excels over distance.

Team Europe’s Joe Skipper in action during the 2021 Collins Cup.

As one of the potential favorites for World Championship success at St George, he is one of the few athletes to have competed in another cross-country race five weeks prior. It wouldn’t work for many, but history indicates that it’s still a solid approach for Joe. Having the belief to follow your own path is the key to confidence – the proof of course will be in the pudding of whether it works.

It will face off against previous winners in the form of Kyle Buckingham (2018) and Nils Frommhold (2014).

Jesper Svensson (SWE) was very impressive when he finished second at the LD Triathlon World Championships in Almere last year. He is one of the best swimmers in the sport and will likely be among those to set the pace early, alongside the beginner for the full distance. Collin Chartierwho represented Team USA last year at the Collins Cup, and Antoine Coste (ENG).

Collin Chartier / Challenge Salou 2021
Collin Chartier

Joe will certainly have some lawsuits to make, but will no doubt start the race feeling like he should and will win. I support him to do just that and become the second British man to win the race since Stephen Bayliss in 2008.

PRO Women

Unlike men, British women have a long history of success at this race. Bella Bayliss (2008), Chrissie Wellington (2011), Jodie Cunnama (2015), Lucy Charles-Barclay (2018/2019) and Ruth Astle (2021) have all won the title at Nelson Mandela Bay.

If another name needs to be added to this list, then it will be Susie Cheetham. Cheetham is no stranger to the event, finishing 3rd/2nd/3rd/2nd in four consecutive years, from 2015 to 2018 inclusive. Susie and her husband/coach Rob had their first son at the end of 2020, and so this will actually be his first full-distance start since late 2019 – an injury also playing its part along the way.

“I love IRONMAN South Africa and there’s something about it that gives me extra gear every time.

“I cannot thank my sponsors enough for remaining faithful to this mum who has run very little over the past two years. But here’s to set things right. Let’s do this!”

Susie Cheetham - IRONMAN Hamburg 2019
Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Another mom on the homecoming trail is Daniela Bleymehl (ALL). She has three IRONMAN victories to her name, as well as a memorable win over Lucy Charles-Barclay at the 2018 Roth Challenge. If this was a “show us your medals” competition, then Cheetham and Bleymehl would clearly lead the way. betting odds – we look forward to seeing how the two perform on Sunday.

Given these returning uncertainties for the two though, perhaps the slight tag of race favorite would go to Sarisse de Vries (NED), based on his success at the LD Triathlon World Championships in Almere last year.

It’s far from an odds bet though, as Emma Bilham (SUI) has a lot of success on his CV (winner IRONMAN Ireland, Alpe d’Huez, Cannes, etc.). The hilly terrain, likely winds and what I suspect will be a lot of individual racing rather than group dynamics would apparently play to his strengths.

CORK, IRELAND - June 23: Emma Bilham of Switzerland crosses the line to win during IRONMAN Ireland on June 23, 2019 in Cork, Ireland.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Emma Bilham: Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for IRONMAN

It’s always worth keeping an eye on Germany’s progress Christine Liepold during the marathon too. Typically far from the pace of swimming, three-hour (or longer) IRONMAN marathons are a constant feature of his running record. If those in front fade badly, Liepold has the potential to rush to the podium seemingly out of nowhere.

Prize money: what’s at stake?

With Regional Championship status, IRONMAN South Africa will have the biggest prize this coming race weekend.

The proposed total – $150,000 – will see the race winners collect $25,000 each.

In addition to cash, there will be a total of six qualifying slots (three MPRO / three FPRO) for the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii.

Total funds will be paid out in 10 deeps, as follows:

  1. $25,000
  2. $15,000
  3. $9,000
  4. $7,500
  5. $5,500
  6. $4,000
  7. $3,000
  8. $2,500
  9. $2,000
  10. $1,500

Of course, thanks to training from the Professional Triathlete Organization, the financial rewards for performance don’t just come from day-to-day performances.

The PTO Global Ranking will see a total of $2 million awarded at the end of 2022, based on the final ranking of these point tables. The rewards can be substantial, with moving up or down the ranking system potentially earning you more than any individual event.

Race For The Rankings Prize Scholarship 2021 PTO

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