Germany's Patrick Lange, always gracious, never the victim of expectations, surprised himself but few others by winning the 2017 Hawaiian Ironman World Championship. Lange finally caught a frontrunning Lionel Sanders no more than 3 miles from the finish, coming home in a new course record of 8:01:40. Lange, ever the gentleman, apologized to Crowie for breaking his record when interviewed at the finish by Mike Reilly. And he meant it. Sanders, from Canada, got exactly what he wanted: a battle royal.