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Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker again showed the strength that earned him the fastest Ironman time ever recorded (7:45:58) on this same Ironman Austria course in 2011. While he came up just short of the record time, his 7:48:45 victory (his seventh at this race) was the second Ironman domination of his 2015 season (he also won the Ironman Latin American Championships last month) against another stellar field. The Belgian said last year that he wouldn’t return to race in Kona, but he has yet to confirm whether he will or won’t race at this fall’s Ironman World Championship. Austria’s own Eva Wutti was equally impressive on the women’s side, earning the win in 8:45:37.
Vanhoenacker’s day was made up of a 46:40 swim, a 4:11:47 bike and a 2:45:53 marathon, putting him across the finish line 18 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Michael Weiss of Austria. Spain’s Ivan Rana struggled on the bike, but posted a race-best 2:44:27 to finish on the podium .
Wutti put together a 52:39 swim, a 4:53:57 bike and a 2:54:42 marathon to claim the victory. Fellow Austrian Lisa Huetthaler was second (9:02:46), with American Sarah Piampiano claiming third (9:03:10).
Klagenfurt, Austria – June 28, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 7:48:45
2. Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:06:59
3. Ivan Rana (ESP) 8:08:25
4. David Plese (SLO) 8:17:54
5. Massimo Cigana (ITA) 8:25:20
1. Eva Wutti (AUT) 8:45:37
2. Lisa Huetthaler (AUT) 9:02:46
3. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:03:10
4. Elisabeth Gruber (AUT) 9:10:10
5. Martina Dogana (ITA) 9:18:50