Weekend Wrap-up: Ironman Austria, Ironman 70.3 Ecuador and Ironman 70.3 Jonkoping
Danish Daniel Baekkegard was over the moon after crossing the finish line on a tough, stormy day in Klagenfurt. Only eight days after winning his first IRONMAN 70.3 in Lahti, he took over the lead early on the run and made his way straight to a rookie win. Baekkegard worked hard on the bike together with top swimmer Lukasz Wojt (GER) who struggled with cramps on a very windy and rainy day.
Daniela Ryf celebrated a great win in 8:52:20 although the Swiss didn’t have a particularly good day. She was strong on the bike nailing a new course record in 4:43:35, but had a tough run due to an apparent energy deficit. The 32-year-old started the marathon with a lead of almost 30 minutes and kept this distance to Austria’s Bianca Steurer until she crossed the line.
IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador
Tim Rea (AUS) found himself facing a three minute deficit heading out on the run to Felipe Van de Wyngard (CHL) and 21 km’s to attempt to catch the front runner. It would take the Aussie 16 kilometers to complete the task as Rea bridged the gap to the leader to make the pass stick as he went on to win by a 1:19 minutes.
Sarah Piampiano (USA) exited the water in fourth, close to four minutes back of the swim leader. Punching out a blazing bike split that was over 13 minutes faster than anyone else in the field, Piampiano was well positioned for a comfortable win.
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IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping
IRONMAN 70.3 Jonkoping was a tough battle from start to finish. Swede Patrik Nilsson was one of the big factors in the men’s competition, but had a crash over the final part of the bike course. Nilsson started the run two minutes behind the lead and took over first position early, but felt issues coming up due to the crash. He eventually had to give the win away: Elliot Smales (GBR) stormed tot he front with five kilometers to go.
The women’s competition was a solo performance for more than four hours. Swede Lisa Norden led the race from start to kilometer 19 of the run, but she got passed by a flying duo. British Claire Hann executed a great run to the win in front of Pernille Jensen (DEN) and Norden.
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