Ironman World Championship 2019: Live Stream Kona has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982.It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. on NBC Sports on Oct. 12, beginning with a 90-minute NBCSN show at 12:30 p.m. ET. Continue read”Ironman World Championship“
After Ironman went public in August at the Nasdaq headquarters in New York City, there was still big news to be shared that day. Amidst a chaotic schedule, the Ironman team had a short window to act and make another announcement.
NBCSN coverage runs from noon-2 p.m. ET, covering the starts of the men’s and women’s 140.6-mile races. NBCSN will also have occasional check-ins throughout the afternoon, culminating with finish coverage around 8:30 p.m. ET.
On Sunday, NBCSN will air a recap show from 2-3 p.m. ET.
Saturday: Ironman Kona race live stream — STREAM LINK
Saturday: NBCSN live coverage: 12-2 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK
Sunday: NBCSN recap show: 2-3 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK
Lange repeated as world champion last year by becoming the first person to break eight hours in Hawaii, taking nine minutes off the men’s record. He then successfully proposed to his girlfriend in the finish area after swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a marathon.
As for swimming, that he knew he had in the bag. He spent time in the pool, but the least out of the three disciplines.
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Despite the shorter training block, Sewell feels prepared for the race on October 12. The nerves are certainly still in his system, yet just like any challenge in his life, he’s ready to fight to the finish.
Sewell said he has looked up to other amputee athletes in his life like Regas Woods and Blake Leeper and hopes he can also inspire the younger generations.
While Sewell won’t be the first double amputee to compete in the Ironman World Championships—Scott Rigsby was the first, finishing the race in 2007—he is ready to drive the point home that he can take on anything when attempting the San Diego Triathlon Challenge less than a week after Kona.
“We want to do this for the next generation, so people don’t see us as needing special treatment, but rather as athletes competing at the highest level,” he said. “A wave is coming, so this is just the beginning.”
With the group was Roderick Sewell, a double amputee who had made a name for himself on Team USA as a swimmer and dabbled in other endurance sports, including his first half Ironman in April. After speaking at other Ironman events before, he was invited to come out as Ironman was in his city, but he never expected what came next.
Ironman CEO Andrew Messick stood over Sewell, praising him for all he had done to inspire people in his life, and at the end, he had one question for Sewell, who had both legs amputated before his second birthday due to severe deformities: “Would you like to come race with us?”
The race Messick was referring to was Kona—the most prestigious Ironman event on the planet—and also the annual world championship. Competitors typically have to qualify at events throughout the year, but a few get the opportunity via invite.
Sewell was one of them, and as he shook Messick’s hand to accept the offer, another thought came to his mind.
“I was thinking, I got to get on a bike,” Sewell told Runner’s World. “I wasn’t expecting it at all, but when he told me I was going to be there, I was so excited and knew I wanted to start training immediately.”
The bike is Sewell’s weakness out of the trio of events needed to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. The strength to cover that distance on a handcycle was not a muscle group he used often, but he had one thing in his favor: endurance. That’s been his specialty since he first got running blades as a 10-year-old while growing up in San Diego in 2002.
The blades came with a high price tag, though. A single blade cost $50,000 at the time, and his mother raised him alone. For a son who needed a blade for each leg, the price was well out of reach. His mother filed for unemployment just to be able to get his prosthetics. In the process, though, he and his mom became homeless, living in and out of shelters from ages 8 to 12.