The Sebastian Kienle train is rolling, and it shows no signs of stopping. The German pro handily took his third Ironman European Championship title on a hot and fast day of racing in Frankfurt. His 50:11 swim, 4:02:22 bike and 2:45:09 run combined for a jaw-dropping 7:41:42, his fifth sub-8 hour performance of his career and was just over a minute slower than the fastest Ironman ever recorded.
Blistering-fast bike and run splits were also the theme of the day in the women’s professional race, as Aussie Sarah Crowley flew through Frankfurt in a sub-9 hour performance to take her second regional championship title in as many months. Crowley, who won the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns only 4 weeks ago, showed no signs of fatigue as she checked off a 56:17 swim, 4:40:34 bike and 3:05:12 run to take another top podium spot. Read the complete recap here.