Cunnama, who lives in Stellenbosch with his wife, World Champion triathlete Jodie Cunnama (née Swallow) and their three children, has called time on one of the most prolific competitive careers by a South African athlete.
The 37-year-old family man will now turn his focus to new opportunities within the triathlon industry. He plans to announce more details about his new endeavour soon (keep your eye on @jamescunnama)
James turned pro in 2007 and was soon competing all over the world, spending up to nine months a year travelling and at camps. His prodigious talent and tireless work ethic has helped him amass a prolific racing resume over the years, winning a number of prestigious events.
His best result at the apex of the sport, the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawai’i, is fourth in 2013, with a fifth place achieved in 2017.
Triathlon will forever remember James for his blistering run splits. His iconic come-from-behind win at IRONMAN Hamburg was perhaps the most legendary. James managed an astonishing 2h40 run split to win the race.
And he pulled out a similar performance to secure his most recent success and final career win at IRONMAN France-Nice in June 2019.
While the elite race won’t be the same without James, he will remain part of the triathlon community for years to come.