Germany’s Andreas Raelert capped off a fast day with a 2:40 marathon to earn the sub-8 victory, while Hungary’s Erika Csomor claimed the women’s title in just under 9 hours.
Raelert, who needed the Ironman finish to earn his spot at October’s Ironman World Championship, came out of the water in 44:25 behind Bart Colpaert (BEL), Igor Amorelli (BRA), Gerg Molnar (HUN) and Philip Graves (GBR). Colpaert maintained the early lead on the bike, with Raelert moving up through the pack. Despite the efforts from Raelert, he was losing time to the fast-riding Belgian over the first half of the 112-mile bike ride. Things changed over the last half of the ride as Graves, Germany’s Maik Twelsiek and David Plese (SLO) passed Raelert in the chase of Colpaert. As the riders approached a final climb Colpaert suddenly disappeared from the leaderboard, making Graves the new leader. Graves came into T2 with 1:26 over Twelsiek, 3:35 over Plese and 3:46 over Raelert. Raelert’s strength on the run proved to be too much for the other competitors. His 2:40:07 marathon was just enough to give him the sub-8 time. He earned the victory in 7:59:51. Twelsiek posted a solid 2:54:05 marathon to earn second, with Plese rounding out the podium in third. To compare, Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker broke the Ironman world record on this course two years ago with a time of 7:45:58.
American Hillary Biscay led the women into T1 thanks to a swim time of 49:11. Japan’s Keiko Tanaka was right on her heels, with Italy’s Menegon only 18 seconds back. Csomor posted a respectable time of 51:57, but found herself with nearly three minutes to make up on the leaders. Tanaka passed Biscay to hold the top position through the early miles of the bike. South Africa’s Dianne McEwan was also riding strong, but Csomor’s speed could not be matched. By the end of the 112 miles, Csomor’s 4:58:03 bike split gave her a 1:49 lead over McEwan and 2:09 over Asa Lundstrom (SWE). Csomor backed up her bike with a strong marathon. The 3:04:04 run split gave her the 8:59:31 win. Lundström earned second, with Eimar Mullan (IRL) claiming third thanks to a fast marathon.
Klagenfurt, Austria – June 30, 2013
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Andreas Raelert (GER) 7:59:51
2. Maik Twelsiek (GER) 8:11:36
3. David Plese (SLO) 8:19:13
4. Jarmo Hast (FIN) 8:20:32
5. Igor Amorelli (BRA) 8:21:37
1. Erika Csomor (HUN) 8:59:31
2. Åsa Lundström (SWE) 9:04:42
3. Eimar Mullan (IRL) 9:05:46
4. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:07:30
5. Camilla Lindholm (SWE) 9:16:18
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