KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Germany's Sebastian Kienle won the Ironman World Championship for the first time Saturday, beating American Ben Hoffman by more than five minutes.
The 30-year-old German completed the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike leg and marathon run in 8 hours, 14 minutes, 18 seconds. He was 38th after the swim and took the lead for good 95 miles into the bike leg.
Kienle finished the swim in 54:38, the bike ride in 4:20.46 and the run in 2:54.36.
"I never thought I was going to win this," said Kienle, the Ironman 70.3 winner in 2012 and 2013. "Never judge a life on one bad day. Judge it on for the best day."
Hoffman finished in 8:19:23. Germany's Jan Frodeno was third in 8:20:32.