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The Czech Republic’s Filip Ospaly and Germany’s Julia Gajer earned 70.3 wins today in St. Polten, Austria.
Ospaly battled it out with Kona podium finisher Andreas Raelert of Germany. Ospaly’s 1:11:33 half-marathon proved to be the edge he needed to take the win. He crossed the finish line in 3:54:45. Despite a day of very fast splits on the swim, bike and run, Raelert was forced to settle for second in 3:55:24. France’s Cyril Viennot snagged the final podium spot in 3:56:18.
Gajer’s 26:40 swim, 2:31:20 bike and 1:20:22 half-marathon combined to give her the 4:23:14 win. Hungary’s Erika Csomor finished second in 4:24:08, with six-time Ironman world champ Natascha Badmann of Switzerland finishing a close third in 4:24:24.
Ironman 70.3 Austria
St. Polten, Austria – May 20, 2012
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Filip Ospaly (CZE) 3:54:45
2. Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:55:24
3. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 3:56:18
4. Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 3:57:25
5. Francois Chabaud (FRA) 3:57:26
1. Julia Gajer (GER) 4:23:14
2. Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:24:08
3. Natascha Badmann (SUI) 4:24:24
4. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 4:25:08
5. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:25:35