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Ryf dominates Ironman 70.3 Switzerland

American Rudy Von Berg takes the men's race

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

In her last race we saw her hanging on for the win, but it would appear that four-time Kona champion (and five-time Ironman 70.3 world champion) Daniela Ryf is back to her dominating ways as she easily took the women’s title at Ironman 70.3 Switzerland on the weekend, her seventh win in a row at the event.

The Swiss star led the way out of the water in 24:54, but instead of blasting clear on the bike as we’re used to seeing her do, she rode behind Denmark’s Line Thams before blasting through the last third of the bike to a four-minute lead. Ryf then rounded out the day with a 1:23:42 half-marathon to easily claim the title in 4:09:35.

Ryf’s countrywoman Julie Deron would take second in the race (4:16:38) while Germany’s Anne Reischmann took third (4:21:16)

Rudy Von Berg takes third at the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

Von Berg bikes and runs his way to the win

Switzerland’s Andrea Salvisberg, fresh off an Olympic appearance, led the way out of the water, but it was American Rudy Von Berg who quickly made up his 50-second deficit after the swim and moved to the front of the race early in the bike. Salvisberg tried to stay with the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship bronze medalist, but the American was simply too strong and hit T2 with a lead of 1:46.

Von Berg extended the lead as Salvisberg struggled on the run, cruising to the win in 3:42:18. Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild would run his way to second (3:48:30) with Germany’s Felix Hentschel rounding out the podium (3:49:16).