Australian Chris McCormack 3rd at Ironman European Championship Triathlon in Germany – Results

Andreas Raelert and Sandra Wallenhorst made sure that the Eurpean championship stayed in the hands of German athletes today thanks to two completely different race strategies: Raelert opened a huge lead off the bike to take his title, while Wallenhorst ran past Caroline Steffen to take the women’s race.

Raelert wins from the front

Andreas Raelert took a chance that eventually paid off with the biggest win of his career. While most would have considered a bold ride away from the rest of the stacked field assembled here in Frankfurt for the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship suicidal, the 33-year-old Olympian decided to go for it, riding to an 11-minute lead and holding everyone off in the marathon for the win.

Playing catch up

Defending women’s champion Sandra Wallenhorst found herself playing catch up after the swim, made even more challenging for her because wetsuits weren’t allowed in the warm water of the Langener Waldsee. The woman she was trying to catch was Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen, who powered her way around the bike course here and enjoyed a six-minute lead over Wallenhorst starting the run.

The anticipated duel between Wallenhorst and Yvonne van Vlerken appeared to be ready to start as the two entered T2 within feet of each other, but Wallenhorst flew out onto the run course and stayed clear of the Dutchwoman for the entirety of the marathon.

Full race report on Ironman.com

Full race results on Ironman.com 

ATHLETE

DIV

SWIM

BIKE

RUN

TOTAL

1 Raelert, Andreas 34/MPRO 0:47:34 4:20:35 2:53:27 8:05:15
2 Bracht, Timo 35/MPRO 0:48:02 4:31:14 2:47:37 8:10:22
3 Mccormack, Chris 36/MPRO 0:47:54 4:33:33 2:49:57 8:14:43
4 Brown, Cameron 38/MPRO 0:48:04 4:33:50 2:53:04 8:18:33
5 Raphael, Jan 30/MPRO 0:47:57 4:33:50 2:54:26 8:19:27
6 Widmann, Uwe 40/MPRO 0:47:46 4:34:03 3:05:37 8:31:28
7 Ritter, Christian 27/MPRO 0:47:31 4:36:51 3:05:09 8:33:06
8 Vytrisal, Frank 44/MPRO 0:48:06 4:33:33 3:09:47 8:35:39
9 Vernay, Patrick 37/MPRO 0:48:39 4:48:44 2:56:17 8:37:36
10 Luoto, Mika 37/MPRO 0:53:03 4:50:41 2:51:23 8:38:21
11 Müller, Christian 38/M35 0:57:02 4:39:41 2:58:44 8:39:55
12 Löffler, Christoph 31/MPRO 0:47:58 4:57:25 3:01:38 8:50:23
13 Rotem, Gilad 30/M30 0:52:46 4:53:47 3:01:50 8:52:40
14 Schlittchen, Marko 34/MPRO 1:00:25 4:33:54 3:16:22 8:55:02
15 Anstett, Georg 42/M40 1:02:18 4:43:39 3:04:37 8:55:19
16 Houzelle, Fabrice 36/M35 1:05:07 4:49:32 2:59:02 8:57:54
17 Leder, Lothar 39/MPRO 0:53:00 4:53:38 3:11:08 9:01:21
18 Küfner, Sebastian 23/M18 0:53:12 4:50:00 3:15:41 9:02:31
19 Droell, Martin 28/M25 0:57:01 5:01:59 3:00:45 9:03:19
20 Horlacher, Frank 42/M40 0:56:33 4:50:17 3:13:20 9:03:42
21 Metz, Dieter 43/M40 1:03:58 4:59:07 2:58:38 9:05:53
22 van Mol, Peter 39/M35 1:01:24 4:59:30 2:59:27 9:07:10
23 Py, Jeremie 31/M30 0:55:45 4:55:54 3:11:16 9:07:22
24 Ureta-Zaugg, Pablo 31/M30 0:55:36 4:56:12 3:11:32 9:07:51
25 Nikolopoulos, Alexander 36/M35 1:04:50 4:34:54 3:23:38 9:07:58
26 Heubel, Christoph 40/M40 1:01:58 4:51:45 3:10:50 9:08:27
27 König, Tammo 33/M30 0:56:37 4:58:04 3:10:06 9:09:40
28 Imhoff, Sven 31/M30 1:01:48 4:52:52 3:11:40 9:11:19
29 Bruzdziak, Thomas 37/M35 0:58:32 5:00:27 3:07:52 9:11:33
30 Pfähler, Mathias 37/M35 1:09:38 4:50:35 3:06:25 9:11:43
31 Büchler, Marcus 30/M30 0:53:03 5:01:16 3:14:05 9:13:07
32 Reimann, Frank 31/MPRO 0:58:21 4:53:20 3:17:21 9:13:11
33 Müller, Frank 28/M25 0:55:40 4:50:45 3:22:34 9:13:14
34 Rohleder, Michael 29/M25 0:57:08 4:49:07 3:23:20 9:13:52
35 Martin, Franck 33/M30 0:47:30 5:00:51 3:21:10 9:13:56
36 Jungbluth, Uwe 28/M25 1:12:45
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