Kiwi Joanna Lawn has finished 4th at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden. Lawn swum and ran strongly but was a little off on the bike. Karin Thuerig had the strongest bike of the day to set herself up for the win. Andi BÃ¶cherer was just too strong from the gun today winning the men’s race. Even a fast finishing Filip Ospaly was not enough to stop BÃ¶cherer from winning.
Australian Richie Cunningham had a horrible crash and has damaged his hip. At this stage he is not sure what he has done. Cunningham had come out of the water with the leaders.
The day in Wiesbaden started with some rain and even fog on the bike. Francesc Godoy, from Spain, set a furious pace in the water and managed to finish the swim in 22:41 minutes. Behind Godoy there was a powerful chase group led by Czech Filip Ospaly. Ospaly (23:28) led a 14-strong group into T1, but Boecherer quickly moved to the front and set the pace on the bike together with Mathias Hecht from Switzerland. 2009 winner and pre-race favorite Sebastian Kienle found himself in trouble early in the race â€“ he came out of the water late (26:13 minutes) and knew that he couldn’t allow Boecherer, the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland champion and runner-up at Ironman South Africa, to get away on the bike. Kienle took some chances on the slippery road surface and, after only a few kilometers, had the first of three crashes on the bike. After his third crash he had to give up the race thanks to some minor injuries.
In the women’s race Karin Thuerig (below, winning and at bottom on the bike) had a slow, but solid, swim before her typically stellar bike. Thuerig was 5:42 behind swim leader Anja Ippach from Germany (24:56). Ippach managed to remain in front until the 70-kilometer point of the ride, staying ahead of young Austrian, Eva Wutti, who had never ridden that far in a race before. The 21-year-old student from Vienna was impressive, though. Thuerig, the 38-year-old bike course record holder in Kona, had the fastest bike split in Wiesbaden, 2:42:07, which got her to the front of the field by the start of the run. Ippach was in second after the bike, 1:18 behind.
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