South African Pro triathlete and Argonaut Matt Trautman crossed the line first at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This is Matt’s 4th win of the season.
Around 2,000 competitors took part in the race that started with a 1.9km swim at Chasewater, followed by a 90km bike ride through the Staffordshire countryside before the 21.1km half marathon finale.
A torrential downpour welcomed Matt when he reached the final leg around the Shugborough estate. But he was delighted after an outstanding performance. He was congratulated and said that he “enjoyed the weather,” and that “the rain was good”.
Matt crossed the finish line in 03:56:28, with a very strong run split and the second best bike split. British Harry Wiltshire, who came second, and German Markus Thomschke, who took 3rd place, followed him.
About Matt Trautman
If there is a clear path leading to IRONMAN glory, Matthew Trautman hasn’t followed it. Coming from the world of competition in canoeing and kayaking, Trautman has made the leap to triathlon in 2013, when he finished 20th overall and first in his age group at the IRONMAN South Africa. The same year, he placed 2nd in his age group at the Kona World Championships with a time of 8:49:12 (30th overall).
His goal? Being on the podium with the pros by 2018. With Argon 18 at his side, let’s bet he will get to the top.