Eneko Llanos and Camilla Pedersen crowned as new Ironman European Champions

Ironman European ChampionshipWith a stellar line up of top long-distance pros, the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt provided spectacle in both the men’s and women’s pro races.

In the men’s race, a fast swim from Harry Wiltshire (GBR) saw him first out of the water in 46:00 at the head of a speedy group including Eneko Llanos (ESP), Pete Jacobs (AUS), Michael Raelert (DEU), Jan Raphael (DEU), Andi Bocherer (DEU) and Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL).

Vanhoenacker set a familiar scene on the bike, blasting ahead of all the other competitors to go it alone. With 50km to go, the Belgian was holding a lead of four minutes over the likes of Llanos, Jacobs, Raphael, Axel Zeebroek (BEL) and Bocherer.

As well as devastating the rest of the field on the bike Vanhoenacker’s swift 4:20 split seemed to destroy his legs too. After a fast start that would’ve seen him go sub-eight hours, the Belgian’s run unravelled to allow a storming Llanos to fly past by 15km. The Spaniard went on to distance the rest of the field with Raphael seven minutes behind and Bas Diederen (NED), Zeebroek and Bocherer were spread out over the next 10 minutes.

Clocking a 2:43 marathon, Llanos crossed the line in 7:59:58 to become European Champion. Raphael took second in 8:07:19 and Diederen rounded out the podium in 8:12:07

In the women’s race, Jodie Swallow (GBR) yet again proved she’s on the verge of Ironman dominance, coming out of the swim in 46:09, two minutes clear of Lucie Reed, Camilla Pedersen (DEN) and Anja Beranek

Swallow consolidated her lead on the bike, pulling steadily ahead to clock the day’s fastest bike split of 4:50:36 and give herself a buffer of 5:43 over Pedersen.

Despite running well to a solid 3:17:40 marathon, Pedersen proved the faster running in Frankfurt, passing the Brit and going on to claim the Ironman European Championship in 8:56:01 with a 3:09:29 marathon.

Swallow came home second, also going sub-nine in 8:58:43 while Kristen Moeller ran a scorching 2:57:13 marathon to climb up onto the last step of the podium in 9:01:55.

Top 10 Men

Eneko Llanos (ESP) 7:59:58
Jan Raphael (GER) 8:07:19
Bas Diederen (NED) 8:12:07
Axel Zeebroek (BEL) 8:14:41
Andi Böcherer (GER) 8:15:13
Christian Ritter (GER) 8:16:30
Michael Raelert (GER) 8:16:58
Maxim Kriat,(RUS) 8:18:10
Sebastian Kienle (GER) 8:18:38
David Dellow (AUS) 8:19:03

Top 10 Women

Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 8:56:01
Jodie Swallow (GBR) 8:58:43
Kristin Moeller (GER) 9:01:55
Sofie Goos (BEL) 9:07:43
Elizabeth Lyles (USA) 9:09:44
Eva Nyström (SWE) 9:11:47
Mareen Hufe (GER) 9:12:24
Mirjam Weerd (NED) 9:13:11
Daniela Sämmler (GER) 9:14:51
Susan Blatt (GER) 9:16:51