THE WOODLANDS, Texas (April 23, 2022) – Grand Junction native Ben Hoffman sprinted to victory in the 2022 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas. Nearly 2,300 athletes, including professionals and age-group athletes took on the popular event to kick off the 2022 North America full-distance IRONMAN triathlon season.
Hoffman bested Magnus Ditlev of Denmark in the final stretch of the 140.6-mile race to take the overall victory with a finishing time of 7 hours 57 minutes 58 seconds. In the women’s professional race, local Texan Jocelyn McCauley laid down a solid race finishing first with a time of 8:58:13.
Ditlev, making his debut in the full-distance IRONMAN triathlon, overcame a punctured tire on the bike portion of the event to finish the event running side-by-side with the eventual winner to claim an impressive second-place finish. Ditlev would finish with an overall time of 7:58:12. Jesper Svensson (SWE) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 8:08:54.
In the professional women’s race, Lauren Brandon (USA) took second behind McCauley with an overall time of 9:10:43 while Joanna Ryter (CHE) finished in third with a time of 9:13:24.
Top five professional men’s results:
|1. Ben Hoffman||USA||00:52:33||04:19:58||02:40:20||07:57:58|
|2. Magnus Ditlev||DNK||00:52:36||04:20:22||02:40:56||07:58:12|
|3. Jesper Svensson||SWE||00:50:26||04:22:45||02:51:37||08:08:54|
|4. Cody Beals||CAN||00:52:31||04:27:12||02:45:51||08:09:55|
|5. Tomasz Szala||POL||00:52:33||04:27:00||02:51:09||08:15:38|
Top five professional women’s results:
|1. Jocelyn McCauley||USA||00:56:04||04:43:02||03:13:51||08:58:13|
|2. Lauren Brandon||USA||00:50:28||04:55:18||03:19:31||09:10:43|
|3. Joanna Ryter||CHE||01:05:12||05:00:57||03:02:52||09:13:24|
|4. Rachel Zilinskas||USA||00:50:30||05:07:03||03:19:50||09:23:36|
|5. Jen Annett||CAN||01:05:21||04:57:28||03:18:24||09:25:52|