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Survival of the fittest! Over 2,000 athletes put their body on the line for Ironman Dublin today

All the best pictures as the world’s biggest endurance race comes to Ireland.

OVER TWO THOUSAND athletes from all over the world took part in the second staging of the Ironman 70.3 Dublin this morning, with American Ben Collins emerging victorious.

Ben Collins wins The IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin American Ben Collins finishes the line first. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Collins was the first across the line in a time of four hours and 41 seconds while English athlete retained the women’s title after finishing in four four, 22 minutes and 33 seconds.

Bryan McCrystal, the former Leeds United footballer and now one of Ireland’s leading cyclists, was the top Irish amateur finisher in a time of four hours and 56 seconds, putting him in second place overall.

It’s the second time Dublin has staged the long-distance triathlon event, which sees competitors tackle a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 half-marathon.

Large crowds gathered along the route as the race got underway at 6.50am at Scotsman’s Bay in Dun Laoghaire before making its way north and through the capital before finishing in the Phoenix Park.

Survival of the fittest! Over 2,000 athletes put their body on the line for Ironman Dublin today
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  • Competitors enter Scotsman's Bay at 6.50am

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • And they're off!

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  • Calm waters made the swim a little easier

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • 1,000 Irish amateurs were among the field

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  • Then it was onto the bike

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  • And along the quays

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • Past the Convention Centre

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • Time for a quick stopover in Guinness?

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • The route saw them go north towards Maynooth

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • And then back into the city

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • Before heading into the Phoenix Park

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • The winner was American Ben Collins

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • 'I absolutely loved the course, and the weather is just like at home in Seattle.'

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
  • A well-earned celebratory drink

    Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“It was a fantastic day for the race, weather conditions were ideal and the support along the route was incredible for our second Ironman here in Dublin,” Kevin Stewart, MD of Ironman UK and Ireland, said.

“We’d like to thank all the authorities in Dublin for enabling us to stage this Ironman 70.3 in Dublin and to all the athletes, spectators and volunteers who played such a key role in making the event such a success today.”

Ironman 70.3 Dublin 2016 results:

Top 3 Men

  • 1.Ben Collins (USA) Swim 00:23:11, Bike 02:08:08, Run 01:24:13. Total 04:00:41
  • 2. Harry Wiltshire (GBR) Swim 00:23:10, Bike 02:20:03, Run 01:16:20. Total 04:04:05
  • 3. Paul Reitmayr (AUS) Swim 00:24:00, Bike 02:19:02, Run 01:18:09. Total 04:06:41

Top 3 Women

  • 1. Susie Cheetham (GBR) Swim 00:27:00, Bike 02:27:21, Run 01:22:30. Total 04:22:33
  • 2.Natalie Seymour (GBR) Swim 00:29:31, Bike 02:29:17, Run 01:21:53. Total 04:26:48
  • 3. Anna Halasz (HUN) Swim 00:34:25, Bike 02:27:42, Run 01:27:21. Total 04:35:22

Top Irish Male

  • Bryan McCrystal (IRL) Swim 00:28:16, Bike 02:06:35, Run 01:20:37. Total 04:00:56

Top Irish Female

  • Aileen Flynn (IRL) Swim 00:35:27, Bike 02:27:49, Run 01:31:37. Total 04:41:39

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