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Ironman Regensburg wins to Fachbach and Beth Ellis
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Posted on: Monday 8th August 2011

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Mary Beth Ellis made it two Ironman wins from two starts, while Team Commerzbank athlete Markus Fachbach took his first Ironman win at Ironman Regensburg in Germany on Sunday.

At Ironman Austria in early July, Mary Beth Ellis set the fastest debut Ironman time ever (8:43:35) and followed that up in Germany - after a recent second place at the Alpe d'Huez Long Course - with top spot in Regensburg. Her win owed much to a 3:06:45 marathon which allowed her to move up from second at T2, after some issues on the bike, to take the lead and pass home athlete Annett Kamenz for top spot.

Fachbach produced a consistent across the board performance for his victory - second out of the water, second off the bike and then in to the lead on the marathon. His 2:58:11 run was one of the few that broke the three hour mark.

The pace-setter on the bike was another German athlete, Frank Vytrisal, who turned a three minute swim deficit in to a 2:30 lead by T2, but he was passed on the run by Fachbach and Stefan Riesen also pipped him for second by just 18 seconds.

Kona favourite and iron-distance world record holder Andreas Raelert 'raced' - though he was treating it as a very gentle day at the office, covering the course in order to meet the 'validation' requirements of the new Kona Pro Rankings, and also donating to charity for every athlete who finished ahead of him. He eventually finished in 10:21:05 (47:26 / 5:07:39 / 4:17:21) and stamped his Kona card.

Pos Men Women
1st Markus Fachbach (GER) 8:29:16 Mary Beth Eliis (USA) 9:18:55
2nd Stefan Riesen (SUI) 8:36:54 Annett Kamenz (GER) 9:28:23
3rd Frank Vytrisal (GER) 8:37:12 Nicole Leder (GER) 9:30:27
4th Horst Reichel (GER) 8:42:07 Heidi Jesberger (GER) 9:32:42
5th Bas Diederen (NED) 8:42:34 Katja Rabe (GER) 9:44:45


Markus Fachbach

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