Mark Robinson reports on an exciting staging of the Ironman circuit’s newest race…
Men: F Al-Sultan (GER) 8:13:37
Women: S Tajsich (GER) 9:09:46
The Ironman circuit took in one of the prettiest corners of Bavaria for the first time at the start of August – and there was much for a generous home crowd to shout about in Regensburg. Germany’s own Faris Al-Sultan raced to victory and was joined on the podium by two of his compatriots, while Sonja Tajsich led home a German 1-2 in the women’s event. Only Britain’s Corrine Abraham prevented a podium clean sweep for Germany in both races by finishing third.
On the running leg of the men’s race, Al-Sultan, the 2005 Ironman World Champion, gradually overhauled his Team Abu Dhabi team-mate Andi Bocherer. Al-Sultan entered T2 more than four minutes down, but grew stronger as Bocherer folded in the closing stages. Nils Goerke, who produced the quickest marathon split of the day, came from way back in the field to take third. The women’s race was much more of a procession, with Tajsich coming home over 20 minutes ahead of Katja Rabe, and Abraham pulling out a rapid 3:19 marathon split to secure third spot.