Corinne Abraham continued her Ironman winning ways with a brilliant 8:45 clocking to take Ironman Kalmar in Sweden.
August 19, 2018 | NEWS|
Corinne Abraham continued her 2018 winning ways with a second Ironman title - in June she took Ironman France in record-setting time. In August she nailed her Kona qualifying spot with an impressive 8:45 performance at Ironman Kalmar, a women's only pro race - the men will line up at Ironman Copenhagen a day later.
Abraham first burst onto the scene with a big win at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne in 2013, following that up with a win at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt the following year. Injuries sidelined her for a few years after that, but three runner-up finishes in 2017 (Lanzarote, Austria and Copenhagen - it was the pro women's race last year) signaled she was on her way back, which she has decidedly proven with her two impressive wins this summer.
Thoren leads the swim
Sweden's Annie Thoren led the way out of the water in 52:25 with Great Britain's Kimberly Morrison and American Dede Griesbauer close behind. They had a five-minute gap on two of the women who arrived as favorites - Abraham and Canadian Angela Naeth. Some of the other pre-race favorites were even further back - Sofie Goos (BEL) was just under six-minutes down, Asa Lundstrom (SWE) was just under eight-minutes behind, while Germany's Sonja Tajsich was just under 10 minutes behind heading on to the bike.
Once out on the bike course it was Morrison who would quickly make her mark on the front of the race, but Abraham steadily gained on her countrywoman and would take the lead over the last few kilometers of the ride and lead by 22 seconds into T2. Naeth was a distant eight minutes down into T2, with Lundstrom getting off the bike at 9:36 behind Abraham.
Once on the run Abraham shut down the competition, cruising through a 3:09 marathon to take the win. Lundstrom managed to get past Morrison by about 26 km into the marathon and would take the runner-up spot thanks to her 3:08 marathon split. Naeth also managed to go by Morrison, making the pass at 35 km and earning herself the final spot on the podium. Tajsich would also post a 3:09 marathon, but since she started the run 26-minutes down she was never a threat for the podium and had to settle with fifth.
Ironman Kalmar | Women
August 18, 2018 | Kalmar, Sweden
3.8 km Swim
180 km Bike
42.2 km Run