Germany’s Michael Raelert and England’s Emma-Kate Lidbury earned victories today at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca.
Raelert started the day with a 24:39 swim, just four seconds off Tom Vander Hoogerstraete of Belgium. He then took full control of the race with a race best 2:13:26 bike ride, and got further away from his pursuers with a race best run of 1:14:27. Raelert crossed the line in a dominating 3:57:08, the only athlete to go sub 4 hours. Fellow German Michael Goehner came in next for second (4:10:11), and Australia’s Ben Allen moved from eighth to third on the run (4:12:51).
Lidbury also dominated in the women’s race with a wire to wire victory. She kicked things off with a 27:10 swim, then rode 2:37:03 to establish a comfortable lead, and then finished it off with a 1:28:01 half marathon to successfully defend her title in 4:39:05. Belgium’s Tine Deckers finished second (4:43:18), and Germany’s Natascha Schmitt third (4:47:11).
1. Michael Raelert GER 3:57:08
2. Michael Goehner GER 4:10:11
3. Ben Allen AUS 4:12:51
4. Tom Vander Hoogerstraete BEL 4:13:25
5. Johannes Moldan GER 4:13:37
1. Emma-Kate Lidbury ENG 4:39:05
2. Tine Deckers BEL 4:43:18
3. Natascha Schmitt GER 4:47:11
4. Sofie Goos BEL 4:49:43
5. Kristin Moller GER 4:50:04