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Petersen-Bach, Wutti take Ironman Copenhagen
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 18th August 2013


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The first 'Ironman' Copenhagen saw close racing at the front of the men's pro race, with the top three positions going to Danish athletes. The women's race was rather a contrast - with a record breaking performance, which takes Austria's Eva Wutti to the upper echelons of all-time Iron-distance times.

Let's start with the women's race - Eva Wutti's splits: 52:55 / 4:39:58 / 3:00:51 for an 8:37:36 finish - that is seriously quick, and a 'complete' across the board performance. The Copenhagen course is known as a quick one - Rebekah Keat has won in 8:52 (2011) and 8:54 (2010) previously under the Challenge Copenhgen banner - but I don't think anyone had forecast that from Wutti, whose 2013 season has included DNFs at both Ironman Austria and Ironman 70.3 Austria. I think we can certainly call that a 'breakthrough'!

While times are only part of any race story, today's effort from Wutti will stand as the seventh female fastest iron-distance performance in history, and takes her to third place all-time behind just Chrisse Wellington and Caroline Steffen.

Looking in relative terms, an Ironman finish time within 25 minutes of the men's winner is a fine effort - similar to that of Rachel Joyce at Ironman Texas this season - and her 4:39:58 bike split was arguably the highlight of that, especially when compared to men's winner Jens Petersen-Bach (4:33:51).

After a strong swim, the men's pacesetter on the bike was Denmark's Henrik Hyldelund who produced a swift 4:23:58 to reach T2 well clear, nine minute up on Jacob Frandsen and 11:30 on the group of Esben Hovgaard, Jen Petersen-Bach and Jens Gronbek.

Hyldelund ran well, under three hours (2:57:52)... but Petersen-Bach was flying, and a 2:45:15 proved to be enough to catch and finally pass the long time leader to cross the line less than one minute clear of an all-Danish podium.

Of note - with another massive PB in fourth place - was British born, Seychelles representative Nick Baldwin who has quietly compiling a great first year in the Pro ranks. Still a relative youngster, he has a lot more to come - though I'm sure he will be overjoyed to have finished with a 2:49:57 marathon split.

Ironman Copenhagen, Denmark - Sunday 18th August 2013
2.4 mile / 112 mile / 26.2 miles

Pos Men Women
1st Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN) 8:12:41 Eva Wutti (AUT) 8:37:36
2nd Henrik Hyldelund (DEN) 8:13:39 Daniela Sammler (GER) 9:02:51
3rd Esben Hovgaard (DEN) 8:16:38 Lucie Reed (CZE) 9:04:08
4th Nick Baldwin (SEY) 8:18:08 Camilla Lindholm (SWE) 9:19:02
5th Keegan Williams (NZL) 8:25:32 Tamsyn Hayes (NZL) 9:29:4

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