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Belgium’s Bart Aernouts and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf claimed the 70.3 European Championship titles today in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Aernouts combined a 24:06 swim, 2:22:23 swim and a 1:15:26 half marathon to claim the win in 4:05:27. Australia’s Peter Robertson used a race-best 1:13:15 run split to earn the runner-up spot. Germany’s Maurice Clavel was right on the heels of Robertson, finishing in third.
Ryf had a solid all-around day, but it was her 2:36:42 bike split that closed the door on the competition. She backed that up with a 1:21:44 run split to take the dominant 4:26:12 victory against a tough field. 2012 Ironman and 70.3 world champion Leanda Cave earned second at 4:34:50, with Germany’s Laura Philipp rounding out the top three.
Ironman 70.3 European Championships
Wiesbaden, Germany – Aug. 10, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:05:27
2. Peter Robertson (GER) 4:08:34
3. Maurice Clavel (GER) 4:08:34
4. Ruedi Wild (SUI) 4:09:33
5. Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 4:10:07
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:26:12
2. Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:34:50
3. Laura Philipp (GER) 4:36:23
4. Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 4:36:57
5. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 4:41:07