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German double at 70.3 European Championship
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 12th August 2012


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Twice Ironman 70.3 World Champion Michael Raelert returned to his best distance after a recent second place in his Ironman debut in Regensburg to take top honours in Wiesbaden, Germany at take the Ironman 70.3 European Championship.

It was a German double too as Anja Beranek, recently second at Ironman Frankfurt added a European Ironman 70.3 Gold to her European Ironman Silver.

In typical style, Raelert exited the water with the leaders and the key to his win was an exceptional 1:11:16 half marathon to finish which allowed him to run away from Ivan Vasiliev, 2010 Duathlon World Champion Bart Aernouts, France's Toumy Degham and 2011 Wimbleball winner Mikel Elgezabel who were all close at T2.

As always, Great Britain's Jodie Swallow was the pace setter in the swim, leaving the water a minute and half clear of Beranek - who was the nearest challenger. Beranek showed her cycling abilities in Frankfurt when she took on Caroline Steffen, and that was evident again on the challenging Wiesbaden course. Making a big move after a slow swim was Spain's Virginia Berasetegui who moved through the field to second at T2, but still three minutes in arrears of Berank. The German ran well to, extending her lead slightly to finish four minutes in front of Berasetegui.

Swallow finished fourth - passed during the run by Julia Gajer, while fifth place was earned by 'Duracell Bunny' Lucy Gossage, her 1:23 half marathon one of the fastest of the day.

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Raelert (GER) 4:03:58 Anja Beranek (GER) 4:36:09
2nd Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:06:28 Virginia Berasetegui (ESP) 4:40:30
3rd Boris Stein (GER) 4:07:51 Julia Gajer (GER) 4:40:39
4th Toumy Deghma (FRA) 4:08:12 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:42:26
5th Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 4:08:36 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 4:44:09

Joe Skipper (4:20:24, 15th Pro), Mark Threlfall (4:24:39, 18th Pro), Mark Livesy (4:39:25, 26th Pro), Holly Lawrence (5:01:50, 15th FPro) were the other British elite finishers.


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