Fe­male In­ter­na­tional Triath­lete of the Year

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRIATHLETE - Daniela Ryf

Could there be any doubt? Af­ter strug­gling with back is­sues for much of 2017, Switzer­land’s Daniela Ryf was late start­ing her sea­son in 2018, but once she did get rolling, there was sim­ply no stop­ping her. She got things rolling with a win at Iron­man 70.3 Rap­per­swil, smoked a stel­lar field at the Iron­man Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in Frankfurt, win­ning the race by 26 min­utes, and then smoked three-time Kona champ Mirinda Car­frae by over 20 min­utes, setting a new half-dis­tance world best thanks to her 3:57:56 fin­ish.

And that was just the tune up for the world cham­pi­onship sea­son. In Septem­ber she took her fourth 70.3 ti­tle de­spite a pesky zip­per on her trisuit that had her do the bike ride with what looked like a parachute trail­ing be­hind.

The coup de re­sis­tance, though, was her in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship, where she shat­tered her own course record with her 8:26:16 clock­ing.

So, no, there’s no ar­gu­ing this one. It’s Daniela all the way.

ABOVE Daniela Ryf on her way to a fourth con­sec­u­tive win at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship

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