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Bockel and Sessner win Ironman Regensburg

Michael Raelert finishes second in his Ironman debut.

Luxembourg’s Dirk Bockel and Germany’s Heidi Sessner both won their first Iromman titles today at Ironman Regensburg.

Germany’s Michael Raelert, a two-time Ironman 70.3 Chammpion, led the swim  45:01 (setting a new record), but Bockel took over the lead late during the bike (4:31:08 top ride), and ran 2:51:56 to run away from Raelert to take the win in 8:11:59. Raelert easily took second (8:18:53) in his Ironman debut. Switzerland’s Mike Schifferle overcame a slow swim with a race day best run of 2:50:52 run to finish third (8:36:53).


1 Bockel Dirk LUX 8:11:59

2 Raelert Michael GER 8:18:53

3 Schifferle Mike SUI 8:36:53

4 Kaiser Jens GER 8:43:57

5 Vabrousek Petr CZE 8:47:53

Fourth last year, Sessner (formerly Jesberger) had the second fastest swim of 53:22 (just 15 seconds down from the USA’s Alisa Scudamore), then rode 5:16:55 to come off the bike with a 2:52 lead over Austria’s Monika Stadlmann. But with Stadlmann crumbling in the first half of the run, Sessner only needed to run 3:29:15 to earn the easy victory (9:42:52). Age groupers Nicole Bretting (W40-44) of Germany (9:50:18), and Maria Lemeseva (W18-24) of Russia (9:52:31) finished second and third respectively.


1 Sessner Heidi GER 9:43:52
2 Bretting Nicole GER 9:50:18
3 Lemeseva Maria RUS 9:52:31
4 Gerber Karin SUI 10:00:31
5 Geilhof Barbara GER 10:00:48