Anne Haug has become the first German woman to win the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Germany also dominated the men's race, with Jan Frodeno setting a new course record and scooping his third title.
Anne Haug and Jan Frodeno (above) made history on Saturday by claiming Germany's first ever double gold at the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii.
"It's fantastic, I can hardly believe it myself," Haug told German public broadcaster ARD after crossing the finish line.
The 36-year-old is the first German woman to win the gruelling race, which comprises a 3.8-kilometer (2.36-mile) swim, 180-km bike ride and 42.2-km run.
"My legs are shattered," the 38-year-old said. "I don't care about the record. I won here, in the Wimbledon of our sport, and that's a great feeling."
Frodeno set a cracking pace from the start and worked up a comfortable lead throughout the entire course. It was a different story for Haug, who had to close an eight-minute gap to overtake Britain's Lucy Charles-Barclay during the final marathon stretch. Charles-Barclay came in second, while Australian Sarah Crowley finished in third place.