No Second Ironman South Africa Title for Schildknecht11. April 2016 — Triathlon Team
Ronnie Schildknecht went into Ironman South Africa as a clear favorite to win the first Ironman of the season for the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace, but unfortunately his day didn’t go according to plan and he had to be content with a solid ninth place after an incredibly tough race that saw him battle with himself throughout.
The Swiss triathlete from the region of Zurich, didn’t get off to a great start by leaving the water in 24th position, five minutes down on the leaders. On the bike it looked like the winner of the 2013 edition was going to turn his luck around by moving into the top ten before the marathon. Regarded as one of the strongest runners in the field anything was possible at the beginning of the run, but for Schildknecht, the legs just didn’t have what it would have taken to get close to the podium. He finally finished in ninth place, in a time of 8:32:11. The race was won by Ben Hoffmann, in front of Tim Van Berkel and Marko Albert.
Schildknecht is already looking ahead to the next race: “It was one of the harder days in my sports career. Winning is always nice, but the suffering also has a meaning. If you have races like this you start to doubt yourself, but I am proud to have pushed through. I had to dig myself out of some deep holes. Races like today make me humble of what I have already accomplished and I think I need days like this to come back stronger”