Fredrik Croneborg and Verena Walter took the full-distance race, while Jan Frodeno ripped apart the half-distance event at Challenge Taiwan.
April 30, 2017 | NEWS|
Jan Frodeno was a late invitational addition to the Challenge Taiwan event and he put on quite a show for those on hand. The Ironman world champion and full-distance record holder blasted through the half-distance race at Challenge Taiwan in Taitung after a 40-hour trip from Sardinia (where he won last weekend). Despite being well-ahead of the rest of the competition Frodeno pushed to an impressive 3:48:20 clocking after a 22:51 swim, 2:03:48 bike and a 1:14:01 run.
“The course has some of the smoothest, fastest roads in the world, maybe second only to Roth," Frodeno said after the race. "And it’s got the right spirit, there’s good fans out there and the run course is really nice. It’s a good race and I’m looking forward to coming back here next year."
"My coach told me to keep pushing on the run, so I was pushing pretty hard at the end,” Frodeno continued. “It was a good time, but to be honest I was tired. But, you know, you have to make the hard days, you’ve got to take them home as well and push hard, which is what I did today.”
Sweden's Fredrik Croneborg made it two in a row in Taiwan this weekend, blasting through the full-distance race in an impressive 8:03:21 (48:14/ 4:13:34/ 2:53:34). Dougal Allan (NZL) was second in 8:11:23 (54:02/ 4:16:00/ 2:52:57) while fellow Kiwi Guy Crawford rounded out the podium in 8:23:47 (48:15/ 4:13:27/ 3:13:41).
Verena Walter (GER) took the women's race in 9:25:51 (58:11/ 4:52:53/ 3:25:03) over Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 9:42:11 (53:36/ 5:18:24/ 3:20:07) and New Zealand's Kathryn Haesner who rounded out the podium in 9:46:20 (53:56/ 5:13:47/ 3:28:32).