Phil Mosley watched in awe as Britain’s Chrissie Wellington smashed her own world record by a country mile…
Men: R Henning (DEN) 7:52:26
Women: C Wellington (GBR) 8:19:13
Chrissie Wellington further enhanced her reputation as one of the greatest-ever triathletes by smashing her own world best long-distance time by over 10 minutes at Challenge Roth, setting a new mark of 8:19:13, and finishing seventh overall ahead of many of the pro men. The rest of the women’s field were left to their own private race, with Rebekah Keat and Tereza Macel finishing half-an-hour, and 40 minutes behind respectively. Wellington did most damage on the bike and run, with a staggering 4:36 bike split and 2:48 marathon.
In the men’s race, Rasmus Henning from Denmark threatened Luc van Lierde’s 1997 world record of 7:50:27 for a while, before eventually finishing in 7:52:26. Henning, a top Olympic-distance athlete who placed fifth at the 2009 Ironman World Champs with a broken hand, looked in contention for the world mark up until the last few kilometres of the run. Second placed Sebastian Kienle from Germany dipped under eight hours in his first-ever long-course race, smashing Thomas Hellriegel’s 1997 bike course record in the process. Spain’s Eneko Llanos clinched third place in 8:02:33.