Kienle and Crowley take Ironman European Championship

Sebastian Kienle ripped through the streets of Frankfurt to an impressive win, while Sarah Crowley pulled clear once she was on dry land to take the women's title.

| July 9, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >Nils Flieshardt / spomedis

There is nothing in this sport more frightening for professional men than having to take on a "motivated" Sebastian Kienle. Ask Jan Frodeno, ask Lionel Sanders - they'll tell you the guy is fierce come race time. Today in Frankfurt Sebastian Kienle was very motivated, ripping through the bike course (which, word has it, was three km short) in 4:02:22 and following that up with a 2:45:09 marathon.

Jan Frodeno might have been here in Roth watching, but the message came loud and clear: Sebastian is getting ready to rumble in Kona this year.

Lukasj Wojt (GER) led out of the water, but then it turned into the Sebastian and Andi (Boecherer) show as the two Germans blasted through the bike with Kienle posting that frightening 4:02 and Boecherer finishing in 4:04:56. Then came the screaming fast runs - Kienle finished with that 2:45 to pull away for the win, while Boecherer's 2:49:48 was enough to hold off Patrik Nilsson (SWE), who ran a blistering 2:40:58 to round out the podium.

Not traditionally considered a super-fast course, Kienle's time in Frankfurt was more than a little impressive, short bike course or not.

Charles leads out of the water ...

It hardly came as a surprise to see former national team swimmer Lucy Charles (GBR) lead the way out of the water in Frankfurt. She's been on fire over the last few months, winning Ironman Lanzarote after leading from start to finish, then taking the Challenge Championship in Samorin, Slovakia thanks to a super-fast closing five km. Today she couldn't quite match that running feat - after leading Australian Sarah Crowley into T1 by almost eight minutes, Charles gave five of those back on the bike as Crowley ripped through the bike course in 4:40:32. Once on the marathon course Charles was no match for the Aussie, who pulled away to a just-under-four-minute win. Charles remained well clear of Belgian Alexandra Tondeur for the runner up spot.

Ironman European Championship | Men

July 9, 2017 | Frankfurt, Germany

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Sebastian Kienle

GER

7:41:42

0:50:11

4:02:22

2:45:09

2

Andi Boecherer

GER

7:46:07

0:47:21

4:04:56

2:49:48

3

Patrik Nilsson

SWE

7:50:16

0:47:15

4:17:41

2:40:58

4

James Cunnama

RSA

7:51:02

0:48:54

4:09:25

2:48:49

5

Ivan Tutukin

RUS

7:51:56

0:48:58

4:15:41

2:42:40

6

Patrick Lange

GER

7:52:06

0:47:12

4:11:32

2:49:40

7

Marko Albert

EST

8:04:08

0:47:08

4:17:59

2:55:06

8

Evert Scheltinga

NED

8:05:13

0:50:03

4:15:21

2:55:47

9

Giulio Molinari

ITA

8:12:53

0:48:56

4:16:08

3:03:23

10

Philipp Koutny

SUI

8:16:04

0:50:10

4:15:09

3:07:10

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Sarah Crowley wins the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Sarah Crowley wins the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Photo >Michael Rauschendorfer

Ironman European Championship | Women

July 9, 2017 | Frankfurt, Germany

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Sarah Crowley

AUS

8:47:58

0:56:17

4:40:32

3:05:12

2

Lucy Charles

GBR

8:51:50

0:48:29

4:45:08

3:13:18

3

Alexandra Tondeur

BEL

8:59:55

0:59:25

4:49:48

3:04:47

4

Liz Lyles

USA

9:01:59

0:57:12

4:52:11

3:07:53

5

Michaela Herlbauer

AUT

9:05:09

0:56:19

4:52:55

3:10:58

6

Sonja Tajsich

GER

9:07:51

1:05:31

4:49:48

3:07:05

7

Dimity-Lee Duke

AUS

9:08:54

0:59:48

4:48:57

3:14:37

8

Alison Rowatt

GBR

9:20:39

1:04:06

4:53:53

3:16:11

9

Anja Beranek

GER

9:27:43

0:53:10

4:49:16

3:40:49

10

Katrine Amtkjaer

DEN

9:32:41

1:07:09

5:00:24

3:19:09

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