Vesterby and Alonso McKernan tops in Copenhagen and Kalmar

Michelle Vesterby put together the race she'd hoped for, while Clemente Alonso McKernan took the men's title in Kalmar.

| August 21, 2017 | NEWS

Michelle Vesterby thrills the hometown crowd in Copenhagen.

Michelle Vesterby thrills the hometown crowd in Copenhagen.

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In the last European Ironman full-distance qualifiers the pro men and women competed in separate races - the women were in Copenhagen while the men competed at Ironman Kalmar.

Michelle Vesterby (DEN), after what was, for her, a disappointing race in Austria, bounced back with a wire-to-wire win, thrilling the hometown crowd. Vesterby was out of the water with a lead of seven minutes over Sofie Goos (BEL) and Corinne Abraham (GBR). Once on the bike Vesterby opened up even more of a gap, coming off the bike 13-minutes up on Abraham and 20-minutes ahead of Goos, who was coming back after having been stabbed while on a training run last year.

Abraham gained back some time on the marathon, but it was Vesterby across the line first in 9:00:19 hours, with Abraham (9:08:06) and Goos (9:17:17) taking the next two spots on the podium.

Clemente Alonso McKernan wins Ironman Kalmar.

Clemente Alonso McKernan wins Ironman Kalmar.

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In Kalmar, Clemente Alonso McKernan managed to overcome an eight-minute deficit behind Australian Cameron Wurf off the bike. The Spaniard and ended up managing to catch Wurf over the last half of the bike while Esben Hovgaard finished 17-minutes back to round out the podium.