Bahrain - December 5, 2015: Daniela Ryf of Switzerland celebrates winning the "Nasser bin Hamad Triple Crown" after winning the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
IRONMAN World Champion Receives One Million U.S. Dollars -
Highest Prize Purse in the History of Triathlon
Daniela Ryf has won it all: an IRONMAN® World Championship (2015), an IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship (2014 and 2015), an IRONMAN European Championship (2015) and an IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship (2014) going undefeated in 2015.
Now the Swiss athlete has added yet another title to her impressive resume: IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Champion and winner of the inaugural "Triple Crown" prize purse of one million U.S. dollars – the highest prize purse in the sport of triathlon.
Ryf won the first race of the "Nasser bin Hamad Triple Crown" series in Dubai in February, followed by a victory at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun in August. She then captured the Triple Crown title with a win at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain. The race was shortened to a bike and run event as strong winds made swimming impossible.
"This is an amazing moment in my career and I hope for triathlon. I brought six friends to Bahrain to be with me", said Ryf, who races for the Bahrain Endurance Team.
She burst onto the IRONMAN scene in 2014 having competed in her first triathlon in 2000. After winning the Swiss Junior Championship four consecutive times from 2003 to 2006, Ryf added her first U23 World Championship title in 2008, qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games. Four years later she was again a member of the Swiss Olympic team.
"I am very thankful that HH Prince Nasser has helped raise the profile of our sport. It has been an amazing year for me. To be honest I have no clue what I will do with all the money. I really need to let this settle a bit," Ryf added.
RESULTS – WOMEN
1. Ryf, Daniela SUI 00:00:00 02:07:28 01:18:48 03:28:20
2. Steffen, Caroline SUI 00:00:00 02:12:54 01:22:54 03:37:45
3. Lundstrom, Asa SWE 00:00:00 02:09:28 01:28:06 03:39:35
RESULTS – MEN
1. Aernouts, Bart BEL 00:00:00 01:55:14 01:14:00 03:11:15
2. Wild, Ruedi SUI 00:00:00 01:58:21 01:12:02 03:12:26
3. Cunnama, James RSA 00:00:00 01:58:07 01:14:01 03:13:54
4. Plese, David SLO 00:00:00 01:57:57 01:15:26 03:15:24
5. McMahon, Brent CAN 00:00:00 01:57:30 01:16:15 03:15:38
Bahrain - December 5, 2015: HH Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa celebrates as he finishes the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Bahrain - December 5, 2015: Runner-up Ruedi Wild and IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick are reflected in the sunglasses of men's winner Bart Aernouts of Belgium (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Bahrain - December 5, 2015: Second Caroline Steffen of Switzerland (l.) and third Asa Lundström of Sweden (r.) celebrate IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain winner Daniela Ryf of Switzerland (m.) (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Bahrain - December 5, 2015: Bart Aernouts (m.) of Belgium celebrates winning the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain with Ruedi Wild (l.) of Switzerland second and James Cunnama (r.) of South Africa third (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN) –
Bahrain - December 5, 2015: HM Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa greets the crowds at the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN) –