Kyle Buckingham wins Ironman Africa

“I am so happy with this amazing opportunity in life and having sponsors like you guys being behind me and believing in me.”
 
 

WOW what to say….I’M the AFRICAN CHAMPION 2018

I cant believe my dream came true of winning in my home town.
 
I had a great start to the day with a solid swim with the front pack of contenders. Ive really been working on my swimming and I’m so happy to see it paying off.
 
On the bike I felt strong from the start but at 120km a bee flew under my visor and stung me on my eye lid. I was very lucky that I took the sting out quick enough, and very fortunate that after 20min with only riding with one eye open the stinging finally went away and I was able to carry on seeing properly.
 
 
I had to play a very patient and smart game on the bike even though I felt strong, because I knew some of the guys that were with me on the bike were also very good runners.
 
When I put my running shoes on, I knew that I was going to have a great day. I started my run with a 2min deficit to 2nd place and just over 10min to first place, but all I could do was do my race and run strong. When I was around the 15km mark I was down only by 1min to 2nd place and 7min to first so I knew I was making up time. From then the times were lowering significantly and I was making up huge ground. I was in 2nd place at around the 23km mark with a 2:40min down to first place. I kept running strong and overtook first place at the 28km on the run. The crowds were unbelievable on course carrying me through that run. I couldn’t believe that I was in the lead of the Ironman African Champs with 14km to go. I was still very much super focused because it wasn’t over until the finish line. When I reached 1km to go I nearly came to a dead stop just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Running down that red carpet was unreal, making my long time dream come true when I started this sport 10 years ago after many hours of hard work.
 
 
I am so happy with this amazing opportunity in life and having sponsors like you guys being behind me and believing in me.
 
I have qualified for Kona again and cant wait for the rest of the season ahead.
 
Thanks again

Kind Regards 

Kyle