Welcome to Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa. We'll have live coverage of this weekend's race, including text updates, live timing and photos here on Ironmanlive.
The weather isn't perfect, cold, wet and windy but we are still looking forward to an exciting race! Mass swim start will go ahead. There are nearly 1800 Athletes taking part in the 8th Edition of the Spec-Savers IRONMAN South Africa! Best of luck to all the athletes! Eight minutes till the race starts.
The Spec-Savers IRONMAN is under way. Athletes are in the water!
The PRO athletes are a quarter way from the second buoy.
PROs around final turn for lap one
Andi Boecherer out of the water first
Andi Boecherer out first on lap one followed by Alonso McKernan and Mike Aigroz.
Kent Horner first South African out.
First lady out of the water is Simone Braendli.
Raynard Tissink also out of the water on lap 1.
Age-group athletes also making their way out after the first lap now.
2nd lady into lap 2 is South Africa's Dianne McEwan in her first race as a PRO.
Natascha Badmann also out now, heading into lap 2.
Francois Jacobs blind athlete out the water aswell first lap
Simone Braendli in the lead for the ladies
Andi Boecherer in the lead almost finish his second lap
It's a slow swim today. Currents slowing athletes down.
Virginia Berasategui second for the ladies
Alonso-McKernan now is first place ahead of Andi Boecherer. Big gap between 2nd and 3rd place.
Kent Horner out of the water in 3rd followed by Mike Aigroz.
First age-grouper, Wesley Weihhann in 5th.
Simone Braendli the first lady out of the water.
Top 5 PRO men Swim Splits
Andi Boecherer is in the lead and Mike Aigroz right behind him
Virginia Berasategui and Simone Brandli into transition
Raynard Tissink passed past station 1 with no4 Alonso-McKernan not far behind him
Michael Wetzel just passed Aid station 1
When the athletes pass the second water station they will be heading straight into a very strong head wind
Georg Swoboda passed water station 1
South Africa's Caroline Koll, Diana Riesler and Claire Horner after passing Aid Station 1.
Andi Boecherer moves into 1st place after Aid Station 2.
Austrian Georg Swoboba and Nina Pekerman of Israel passed AID Station 1.
Boecherer leading by 1 minute 5 seconds.
05:47 the gap between 2nd and 3rd.
PRO-athletes Mike Aigroz (BRA), Cyril Viennot (FRA) and local Kent Horner just passed AID station 2.
Aigroz, Viennot and Horner making up 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively, close together.
Tissink just passed AID Station 2.
Shine is starting sneak a peak, wind conditions are still piercing.
Virginia Berasategui of Spain
in 2nd for the ladies
Boecherer maintaining a good lead for the males on the bike.
McKernan in a close 2nd with 7sec behind and Aigroz in 3rd with 3min behind leader.
Diana Riesler of Germany just passed Aid station 2
Boecherer passed the 34km mark.
Alonso-McKernan passed 34km mark in 2nd place