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Tim Don, Eimear Mullan win Ironman Mallorca
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 27th September 2014


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Not only did Great Britain’s Tim Don (interviewed here), maintain his 100% record of making the podium in all of his races in 2014, he also won at his debut at the distance at Ironman Mallorca today. Ireland’s Eimear Mullan added to her victory at Embrunman last month by taking victory late into the run.

Switzerland’s Manuel Küng lead out of the swim, around 40 seconds clear of a chase group headed by Tim Don. Küng would keep that lead throughout the bike leg, building his lead over the 180km to three and half minutes by T2. Don was always in contention, with the chase group which at one stage included around nine athletes, but by the start of the run had been reduced to himself, Edo van der Meer (NED), Mike Aigroz (SUI) and Fabio Carvalho (BRA). With his known run strength, Tim was where he wanted to be starting the run – but could he perform over the marathon distance?

Van der Meer soon dropped away, while Don, Carvalho and Aigroz closed quickly on Küng in the first quarter of the marathon. Tim would soon pull away from that trio – and a 2:52:07 marathon would be a great way to end his first attempt at the distance – victory, and 2,000 points in the bag towards Kona qualification in 2015. With an additional 2,430 points from his bronze medal at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs, Hawaii qualification may be all but complete more than 12 months in advance.

I said in the preview of that ladies race that Eimear Mullan “will have to chase the swim speedsters like Dede Griesbauer through the bike (and possibly into the run too!)”. That would prove spot on, with the US athlete setting that fastest times on both the swim (50:10) and bike (5:11:15). Mullan is a tough athlete however, and giving up five minutes on her weakest discipline represented a strong start for her, while only losing further minutes on the bike meant that she was well still contention with 26.2 miles to run.

It would take until the final 7km of the run, but Mullan did was able to chase down those in front in what proved to be a tight race with only seven minutes separating the podium finishers. Griesbauer took second with Astrid Ganzow (GER) third.

IRONMAN Mallorca – Saturday 27th September 2014
2.4miles / 112 miles / 26.2 miles

Men

1st - Tim Don (GBR): 0:45:25; 4:51:22; 2:52:07; 8:34:02
2nd - Miguel Angel Fidalgo (ESP): 0:45:36; 4:58:45; 2:49:01; 8:38:08
3rd - Mike Aigroz (SUI): 0:45:31; 4:51:07; 2:59:27; 8:40:29
4th - Miquel Blanchart Tinto (ESP): 0:45:37; 5:03:32; 2:47:30; 8:41:20
5th - Carlos Lopez Diaz (ESP): 0:45:26; 4:55:52; 2:58:47; 8:45:09

Women

1st - Eimear Mullan (IRL): 0:55:13; 5:13:02; 3:10:27; 9:24:17
2nd - Dede Griesbauer (USA): 0:50:10; 5:11:15; 3:19:40; 9:27:09
3rd - Astrid Ganzow (GER): 0:55:14; 5:12:18; 3:17:19; 9:31:10
4th - Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR): 0:49:52; 5:13:04; 3:30:08; 9:38:58
5th - Kamila Polak (AUT): 0:55:49; 5:21:43; 3:20:35; 9:44:33


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