After a year's "maternity leave" Eva Wutti returned to long-distance racing to win another title at Ironman Austria.
July 2, 2017 | NEWS|
After winning Ironman Austria two years ago, Eva Wutti was off the racing scene in 2016 - all for good reason as she became a mom to baby Kiana last summer. Her return to full-distance turned out prove that she's as strong as ever as the Austrian returned to the top of the podium here in Klagenfurt thanks to a brilliant run.
Michelle Vesterby (DEN) had made it abundantly clear that she was after a fast time in Klagenfurt and started the day off well with a 53:52 swim that put her well ahead of the rest of her competitors - Michaela Herlbauer (AUT) was closest at 54:29, Wutti would clock a 58:23 swim split, while Corinne Abraham (GBR) would finish in 59:44.
Once on the bike Vesterby set a fast pace, pulling well clear of the rest of the women and by the halfway point of the ride enjoyed a 3:18 lead on Austrian Bianca Steurer and 4:44 on Herlbauer. Wutti was almost nine minutes back while Abraham was just over 10 minutes down starting the second of two loops on the bike.
Things changed dramatically over the final half of the bike, though, as Abraham moved her way up to second (5:55 down into T2) and Wutti would move to third, 9:23 behind the Dane.
Out on the run Vesterby struggled and Abraham was first to go by and take the lead. It wasn't long before a fast-charging Wutti moved her way to the front, but Abraham wasn't ready to just hand over the race. The former Ironman Asia-Pacific and Ironman European champion hung tough and got the gap between first and second down to just 34 seconds, but Wutti found another gear and ran away to a 1:38 win over Abraham. Vesterby was able to hang tough for third.
Ironman Austria | Women
July 2, 2017 | Klagenfurt, Austria
3.8 km Swim
180 km Bike
42 km Run