Fitness & Sports
Spring, Texas Woman Wins 2022 Vinfast IRONMAN® World Championship in 40-44 Age Group
KAILUA-KONA, HI – Jana Richtrova, 42, of Spring, Texas, USA captured the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon title in the women’s 40-44 age group in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, United States on Thursday, October 6.
Approximately 5,000 athletes representing 92 countries, regions and territories toed the start line in Kona to compete in this world-renowned event that took place over two days for the first time in the 40-plus year history of the race. The women ranged in age from 19-78. As the iconic endurance event returned to Kailua-Kona for the first time in three years, the IRONMAN `Ohana united to Kū Like (stand together) as athletes made their long-awaited trip to compete in triathlon’s pinnacle event.
Jana Richtrova completed the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship event in 10:02:31 (swim: 1:13:28; bike 5:06:47 run: 3:33:39), beating out the top athletes in their age group. The 2022 field of triathletes tackled the ROKA 2.4-mile ocean swim in Kailua Bay, followed by the FULGAZ 112-mile bike ride along the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from Kailua-Kona to the turnaround in Hawi, capped with a 26.2-mile HOKA run beginning on Ali’i Drive, where spectators packed the roads, up Palani Road to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, before making their way to the infamous Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai`i Authority. Athletes completed their journey to the roar of thousands of spectators as they crossed the historic Ali’i Drive finish line.
It was a historical week for the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship as for the first time in the event history the race took place over two days. Day one of the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship saw Chelsea Sodaro from the United States earn her first IRONMAN World Championship title, becoming the first rookie to win the event in 15 years and the first American champion in over 25 years. On Saturday the professional men took center stage, and it was Gustav Iden who made history as he became the first Norwegian and first male rookie since the debut of professionals to win the IRONMAN World Championship.
Full results for the 2022 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship triathlon can be found at www.ironman.com/im-world-championship-2022-results. For additional event information, please visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship-2022.
Since its inception in 1978 on the Island of O`ahu, the IRONMAN World Championship has etched its name in history through stellar performances, inspirational participants and emotional memories. In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikīkī to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Island of Hawai`i where it continues to take place to this day. The most iconic one-day sporting event in the world is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with over 94,000 athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots. The 2021 edition of the event took place in St. George, Utah in May 2022, becoming the first location to host the event outside of Hawai`i since its origins in 1978. After a two-year hiatus from Hawai`i due to COVID, the race returns to Kona and takes place for the first time as a two-day event in October for the 2022 edition of the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship. The 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship will see the event continue with the two-day format but with a dedicated race day for women and dedicated race day for men. With two days of racing, the event will host approximately 5,000 athletes as they embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind, and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN World Champion. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im-world-championship.
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