Great Britain’s Harry Wiltshire led everyone out of the water (46:00) but it was all Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker on the bike. He blazed through the 181km ride in 4:20:26 and headed out on the run with a 4:59 lead over Germany’s Andi Bocherer, 5:01 over German Jan Raphael, and 5:04 over Eneko Llanos of Spain, and Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs.
The men set a torrid marathon pace right from the start, and Raphael passed a struggling Vanhoenacker before the end of the first lap of the run. Raphael was clocked at 2:34 marathon pace at that point but as most suspected he could hold that pace. Soon after Llanos took over the lead for good, and even though Jacobs got to within 1:47, Llanos held strong with a 2:44:12 marathon for the win in 7:59:58. Raphael battled back for second (8:07:19), and Bas Diederen ran 2:47:58 to get third (8:12:07). Vanhoenacker toughed out a 8:34:00 finish for 19th place, and Jacobs crossed the line in 9:33:23 who only needed to finish the race to secure a Kona spot for his title defence,
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In the women’s race, Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow led the swim in 46:09, and the bike in 4:50:36, and took a 5:45 lead onto the run over Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen. Unfortunately for Swallow, her marathon struggles continue as they did in April at Ironman South Africa. Pedersen ran 3:09:29 to pass the faltering Swallow (who ran 3:17:40) to grab her first Ironman event victory in 8:56:01 (she won Challenge Copenhagen – now Ironman Copenhagen – last year). Swallow finished second in 8:58:43, and Germany’s Kristin Moeller ran an impressive 2:57:13 to take third in 9:01:55
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