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Bracht and Wallenhorst Win Ironman European Championship

It was a great day in Frankfurt as Germany’s own Timo Bracht and Sandra Wallenhorst won today´s Ironman European Championship. In the men´s race Bracht came from behind in the late stages of the race and surged to the finish in a course record time of 7:59:16 to become the Ironman European Champion. His outstanding 2:43:06 run split helped him capture his 2nd Ironman European Championship Title. Wallenhorst also came from behind on the run; she passed Yvonne Van Vlerken to take the victory in an impressive time of 8:58:09.

Second place in the men´s race went to Eneko Llanos with a time of 08:00:21 while Chris McCormack placed third with a time of 08:03:05. McCormack was in the lead well into the run until cramps ruined the defending champions days. In the women´s race Yvonne van Vlerken placed second in a time of 09:02:18 while Nicole Leder crossed the finish line in third place in 09:05:17. It was a tough but impressive day for van Vlerken who took 2nd place after reporting that she been sick for the last three days and had lost three kilograms in weight prior to the race.
2009 Ironman European Championship Results:

     Men          Women  
1 - Timo Bracht 7:59:15*    1 - Sandra Wallenhorst 8:58:08
2 - Eneko Llanos 8:00:21    2 - Yvonne van Vlerken 9:02:18
3 - Chris Mccormack 8:03:05    3 - Nicole Leder 9:05:16
4 - Andreas Raelert 8:03:29    4 - Andrea Brede 9:13:55
5 - Mathias Hecht 8:11:56    5 - Tiina Boman 9:34:22
* - Course Record        

It was a tough day for Faris Al-Sultan (8:20:25) and Terenzo Bozzone (8:29:40)who just didn't have what was needed on the bike to stay in contention.

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