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Germany’s Horst Reichel earned the first Ironman victory of his career, while Great Britain’s Leanda Cave took the women’s win and validated her spot on the Ironman World Championship start line at today’s Ironman Kalmar race.
Horst put together a 49:24 swim, a 4:29:38 bike and a 2:51:09 marathon to earn the 8:13:01 win. Ukraine’s Viktor Zyemtsev finished second at 8:19:17 thanks to his blazing 2:44:18 marathon. Great Britain’s Tom Lowe finished third just six seconds later.
Cave dominated the women’s race, showing the form that earned her the Ironman World Championship title back in 2012. Her day consisted of a 49:39 swim (more than 10 minutes faster than any other female pro), a 4:57:21 bike and a 3:05:25 marathon to claim the 8:56:50 victory. Hungary’s Erika Csomor finished second at 9:30:04, with Sweden’s Camilla Lindholm earning third at 9:31:38.
Ironman Kalmar Sweden
Kalmar, Sweden – Aug. 16, 2014
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Horst Reichel (GER) 8:13:01
2. Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 8:19:17
3. Tom Lowe (GBR) 8:19:23
4. Nick Baldwin (SEY) 8:30:30
5. Harry Wiltshire (GBR) 8:32:37
1. Leanda Cave (GBR) 8:56:50
2. Erika Csomor (HUN) 9:30:04
3. Camilla Lindholm (SWE) 9:31:38
4. Camilla Larsson (SWE) 9:50:21
5. Emma Graaf (SWE) 9:53:41