Noa Sakamoto and John Flanagan, both former Waikiki Roughwater Swim winners, went 1-2 in the swim portion of the Ironman Triathlon today in Kona, Hawaii.
Although Sakamoto and Flanagan just competed in the 63°F waters of San Francisco Bay without wetsuits in the RCP Tiburon Mile, they both wore XTERRA Velocity Speedsuits to post blazing fast swim splits (47:01 and 47:02 respectively) at the Ford Ironman World Championships.
Sakamoto placed 13th in the 18-24 age-group division with swim-bike-run splits of 47:01, 5:39:59 and 3:42:34 to finish 431st overall in 10:15:44 (out of 1,731). Flanagan placed 10th in the 30-34 age-group division with swim-bike-run splits of 47:02, 5:15:03 and 3:13:50 to finish 78th overall in 9:22:33.
Lower photo of Noa Sakamoto by Deborah Booker of The Honolulu Advertiser. Upper photo of John Flanagan by Fl Morris of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.