Croneberg Repeats at Challenge Taiwan, Frodeno dominates Half-Distance

Full Distance

Asian-based Swedish pro Fredrik Croneborg defended his 2016 Challenge Taiwan title this weekend, dominating the  the full-distance race in an impressive 8:03:21. Croneborg combined a 2nd-fastest 48:14 swim, 2nd-best 4:13:34 bike split and 3rd-best 2:53:34 marathon which gave him a 8:02 winning margin over Dougal Allan (NZL), who finished in 8:11:23 (54:02/ 4:16:00/ 2:52:57).  Kiwi Guy Crawford rounded out the podium in 8:23:47 (48:15/ 4:13:27/ 3:13:41).

Verena Walter (GER) took the women’s race in 9:25:51, overcoming a 4:35 swim deficit, but combining a women’s best 4:52:53 bike split and the women’s 2nd fastest run to win in dominating fashion.  Walter’s margin of victory was 16:20 over Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 9:42:11 (53:36/ 5:18:24/ 3:20:07).  New Zealand’s Kathryn Haesner who rounded out the podium in 9:46:20.

Half Distance

Frodeno was a late invitational entry into the half distance, traveling 40 hours to arrive in Taitung from Sardinia where only a week ago he topped another half distance. It was the two-time world champion’s first half distance win in Asia, which he achieved with a 22:51 swim, 2:03:48 bike, and 1:14:01 run to break the tape in 3:48:20. He said, “The course has some of the smoothest, fastest roads in the world, maybe second only to Roth. And it’s got the right spirit, there’s good fans out there and the run course is really nice. It’s a good race and I’m looking forward to coming back here next year,” he said.

“My coach told me to keep pushing on the run, so I was pushing pretty hard at the end,” he said. “It was a good time but to be honest I was tired… But you know you have to make the hard days, you’ve got to take them home as well and push hard, which is what I did today.”

See also:  Croneberg, Eberhardt Win Inaugural Challenge Nakhon-Nayok

(photo and media release by Bahrain Endurance 13 site)

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