Sandra Wohlenhorst world's fastest women's Ironman time ever at Ironman Austria didn't last long (link to post), maybe a few hours as a new World Best Time was set in her home country at the Quelle Challenge Roth triathlon race.
On a record-setting day in Roth, defending champion Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands took out a dramatic win that smashed triathlon legend Paula Newby-Fraser’s world record of 8:50:53 set here in 1994 with a scintillating 8:45:48. The new record is a minute thirty faster than the record set earlier by Wohlenhorst at Ironman Austria with a time of 8:47:25.
And proving that the bar has been lifted to new heights in women’s triathlon, the second place woman - Hungary’s Erika Csomor - also came in under Newby-Fraser’s time, in 8:47:05. Third went to New Zealand’s Gina Ferguson, in only her second year of Ironman racing, in 8:57:18.
Heat-loving New Caledonian Patrick Vernay, the two-time Ironman Australia champion, wasn’t sure he’d be able to go well in the rain at the seventh Quelle Challenge Roth on Sunday, but when he got to the run he did what he does best - fly. His 2:47 marathon carried him to the finish first in 8:09:34, three minutes clear of Aussie Pete Jacobs in second and Denmark’s Torbjørn Sindballe in third.
2008 Quelle Challenge Roth Results:
|1 - Patrick Vernay||8:09:34||1 - Yvonne Van Vlerken||8:45:48|
|2 - Pete Jacobs||8:12:53||2 - Erika Csomor||8:47:05|
|3 - Torbjorn Sindballe||8:15:59||3 - Gina Ferguson||8:57:18|
|4 - Chris McDonald||8:20:59||4 - Belinda Granger||8:58:08|
|5 - Francois Chabaud||4:22:55||5 - Rebekah Keat||9:02:34|
The pre-race hot topic was how would defending champion and four-time winner Chris McCormack do here especially a week after an impressive win at Ironman Germany in Frankfurt where he finished under eight hours. McCormack started the day and was in the mix until he dropped out about 75km into the bike after staying with the leaders through the first summit of the Solarer Berg - a climb he’d earlier in the week called the best in triathlon.
Other notables racing were Hillary Biscay who finished in 6th (9:24:19) as so did Thomas Hellriegel (8:25:19).
Additional race coverage can be found on the race website: www.challenge-roth.com