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Llanos, Hütthaler take 70.3 St. Pölten
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 25th May 2014

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Spain's Eneko Llanos ran down a hard-cycling Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL), while Lisa Hütthaler took control again to secure a home victory at today's Ironman 70.3 St. Polten in Autria.


It was Great Britain's Mark Threlfall who led out the swim in 25:18, with not surprisingly Dan Halksworth in close compnay, along with Sean Donnelly (GER), with Eneko Llanos just 20 seconds back on the leaders. Just over a minute further back was Marino Vanhoenacker, with Michael Weiss (AUT) giving himself a deficit of more than three minutes to make up on dry land.

In need of Kona points, Vanhoenacker provided a masterclass in bike power, quickly closing his swim arrears and powering away on the pedals to a 2:08:23 big split, more than two and a half minutes quicker than the next best effort from Weiss, and four or more minutes quicker than the vast majority, to reach T2 with a three and a half minute buffer. It would not prove to a be a good day on dry land for Threlfall however; "not the course to have a bad day on! Bleak 50kms".

Next in was a group of seven containing Llanos, Halksworth, Alberto Casadei (ITA), Matthias Hecht (SUI), Antony Costes (FRA), Christian Kramer (GER) and Paul Reitmayr (AUT), with Weiss, despite his bike efforts, still 1:16 further back.

Llanos quickly set to work on catching the tall Belgian, and work he would have to. Ten miles in, it was still Marino in front but Eneko was getting ready for the pass. Meanwhile Dan Halksworth was having arguably the most complete race of his career and battling Weiss for the final spot on the podium. Llanos would finally secure the win via a 1:08:58 run split, versus the 1:13:40 of Vanhoenacker - translated to a 54 second winning margin. Weiss would claim third, while Halksworth finished a very strong fourth with a closing 1:11:54.

Halksworth should take a lot from this race. Llanos and Vanhoenacker are absolute top draw athletes, and while Dan's swimming has never been an issue, he has steadily developed over the past four or five seasons to bring his biking and running towards those levels. With his ambitions (Commonwealth Games aside!), likely to be focussed on Ironman racing, this in my opinion is arguably the strongest result of his long distance career.


As she did at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, Lisa Hütthaler started the race as defending champion and completed the succesful defence of this title too courtesy of another dominating bike split eliminating (and more), a 1:45 deficit from the swim to Gina Crawford (NZL) and Ironman South Africa winner Simone Brändli (SUI). A 1:17:19 run split from Hütthaler ensured that her lead at T2 was never under threat.

Behind, Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) produced an even better run (1:16:15) to move up into second and pass Germany's Svenja Bazlen.

Ironman 70.3 St. Polten, Austria - Sunday 25th May 2014
1.9km - 90km - 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:51:51 Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 4:17:20
2nd Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 3:52:45 Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) 4:20:58
3rd Michael Weiss (AUT) 3:53:45 Svenja Bazlen (GER) 4:21:51
4th Daniel Halksworth (GBR) 3:54:45 Gina Crawford (NZL) 4:24:06
5th Paul Reitmayr (AUT) 3:55:53 Astrid Ganzow (GER) 4:26:20

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