First Taiwan’s victory: Li Shiao-Yu wins Ironman Japan

German Michael Ruenz outpaced former ITU star Harry Wiltshire of Great Britain on the run to take home the title of Ironman Japan 2014. On the womens side, Li Shiao-Yu of Taiwan took home the title after catching Australia’s Jessica Fleming on the run.

Wiltshire showed his short course swim and opened a 5min lead on the German, then Ruenz’s 5:01:23 bike split on Hokkaido’s rugged bike course gained back 3:03 giving Ruenz a 2 minute deficit starting the run on Whitsire.

On the run, Ruenz’s 2:52:36 split was 15:41 better than Whiltshire, and he finished with 28:30 advantage over 3rd place finisher Cedric Lassonde of France.

Li Shao-Yu of Taiwan started the day 7:52 behind Keiko Tanaka’s race-best 56:42 swim and 4:15 behind Jessica Fleming of Australia. While Tanaka fell out of contention with a 5:44:39 bike split, Shiao-Yu’s 5:31:05 cut back Fleming’s lead by 2:49.


On the run, Shiao-Yu’s 2nd-best women’s run of 3:17:05 allowed her to take over the lead and arrive at the finish in 9:58:30 with an 8:19 margin of victory over Fleming (3:26:32 run) and a 10:54 advantage over 3rd place Tanaka (3:22:43 run).

Ironman Japan
Hokkaido, Japan
August 24, 2014
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.


1. Michael Ruenz (GER) 8:53:40
2. Harry Wiltshire (GBR) 9:06:34
3. Cedric Lassonde (FRA) 9:07:44
4. Brian Fuller (AUS) 9:13:49
5. Yu Shinozaki (JPN) 9:15:35


1. Li Shiao-Yu (Taiwan) 9:58:30
2. Jessica Fleming (AUS) 10:06:49
3. Keiko Tanaka (JPN) 10:09:24
4. Karen Michibata (JPN) 10:11:31
5. Emi Sakai (JPN) 10:39:42

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