Chris McCormack and Chrissie Wellington are the winners of Ironman Germany (Ironman European Championship). On a fast day, on a fast course both World Champions put up very impressive times. McCormack broke the 8 hour barrier with a sprint to the finish line with a time of 7:59:55. Wellington was on pace to break Paula Newby-Fraser's 1994 record time of 8:50:53 (at Ironman Europe) but took her time coming down the finish shoot to finish just 31 seconds behind the mark with a time of 8:51:24, the second fastest time ever in a women´s race, amazing in only her 4th Ironman race ever.
The much talked about and anticipated race between Ironman World Championship Chris McCormack, Normann Stadler and Faris Al-Sultan again fizzled in the end as Stadler had to pull out before the race because of illness. No problem, Al-Sultan was still up for a head-to-head battle with McCormack and it showed as his reported bike average was over 40km/hours through the first 61km. Al-Sultan maintained the lead with his fast bike until Macca took the lead around 130km. From the point on Al-Sultan faded as Macca gained. Al-Sultan ended the day with a DNF. Macca gained the lead back from second place finisher Eneko Llanos around the 34.5km mark to take the victory, Llanos had passed McCormack around the 25km mark when he showed signs of struggling. Llanos just missed breaking the 8 hour mark by 49 seconds, a great race for him. Defending champion Timo Bracht finished in 3rd place today.
Rookie sensation, if that's what you can still call her after only her fourth Ironman races, Wellington dominated pretty much from start to finish and finished with a 26 minute gap. Defending champion Nicole Leder after struggling through the second half of the bike managed to run her way from sixth place to second place overall, .
2008 Ironman Germany (Ironman European Championship) Results:
|1 - Chris Mccormack||7:59:55||1 - Chrissie Wellington||8:51:24|
|2 - Eneko Llanos||8:00:49||2 - Nicole Leder||9:17:26|
|3 - Timo Bracht||8:04:16||3 - Wenke Kujala||9:24:54|
|4 - Cameron Brown||8:08:29||4 - Meike Krebs||9:30:47|
|5 - Hektor Llanos||8:11:36||5 - Imke Schiersch||9:36:15|
Over 2,200 participants raced today and had nearly 500,000 spectators cheer them on to all the way to the finish line throughout Frankfurt.
Wellington is amazing; this is her 4th Ironman race and her 4th victory, quite impressive. Earlier this year she won Ironman Australia. Next up for her is the Alp D'Huez Long Course Triathlon at the end of the month. Macca will be racing next weekend in Roth. We will have to see if Stadler recovers as it's now stated that he is scheduled to race Ironman Lake Placid on July 20, 2008.
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