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Germany’s Sebastian Kienle and Austria’s Eva Wutti claimed the titles at Sunday’s half-iron distance Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee.
Kienle put together a 25:53 swim, a 2:06:14 bike, and a 1:13:37 half-marathon to cross the finish line at 3:48:39. Frederic Funk (GER) was second at 3:51:27, with Daniel Baekkegard (DEN) finishing third in 3:54:44.
“I’m very happy with this win,” said Kienle. “I think I’m in the best shape of my life. I have driven through Walchsee on numerous occasions and I‘ve always thought it would be great to race here. Now I‘ve won.”
Wutti’s day consisted of 28:35 swim, a 2:2556 bike, and a 1:20:28 run to give her the victory in 4:18:11. Great Britain’s Laura Siddall was second in 4:20:54, with Italy’s Margie Santimaria rounding out the podium in 4:24:07.
“It’s very special to be the first Austrian triathlete to win here,” said Wutti. “This last year was really hard for me, so I’m glad to show I’m on the right track.”