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Denmark’s Michelle Vesterby was the star at Sunday’s Ironman Copenhagen, returning to the top of the podium at the women-only professional race after the men got the chance to compete last year. Just three weeks after finishing third at Ironman Austria, Vesterby exited the water out front with a 53:02 swim. She rode hard on her way to a 4:48:03 bike split in cold and rainy conditions, wearing a gap of more than 12 minutes over Corinne Abraham (GBR) and about 20 minutes over Sofie Goos (BEL). Vesterby remained steady to the finish line, crossing in 9:00:10. Abraham crossed in second, with Goos rounding out the top three.
2017 KMD Ironman Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark – Aug. 20, 2017
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 9:00:19
2. Corinne Abraham (GBR) 9:08:06
3. Sofie Goos (BEL) 9:17:17
4. Camilla Lindholm Borg (SWE) 9:22:46
5. Alyssa Godesky (USA) 9:33:20