Altstadt and Reznikov impressive at Israman

Christian Altstadt took his first, while Antonina Reznikov took her third Israman 226 title as the pair were unstoppable on the run in Eilat, Israel.

| January 27, 2019 | NEWS

Antonina Reznikov takes her third Israman title.

Antonina Reznikov takes her third Israman title.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Before there was the Norseman Xtreme triathlon, there was a super-challenging event in Israel. The Israman Triathlon, which takes place in Eilat, the southern-most point in the country, features a beautiful swim in the Red Sea, but after that things get tough - really tough. The bike starts with a 10 km climb in which athletes hit 800 m of altitude (they started at sea level, remember) and then continues through the Eilat mountains for a total of 3,000 m of climbing. The run starts with a descent down that first hill (can you say sore quads?) and then continues with a number of loops through Eilat's tourist area. Add to the fact that it all happens at the end of January, making it difficult for those in the northern hemisphere to train, and you have the makings of one very tough race.

Altstadt runs to the win

Israel's Dan Alterman led out of the water, but it was defending men's champion Till Schramm (GER) who surged away on the bike, finishing the ride 10 minutes ahead of his record-setting pace from a year ago to lead into T2. A minute behind the German was Erik-Simon Strijk (NLD), with Germany's Christian Altstadt another four minutes down into T2.

Altstadt gained time on his compatriot on the 10 km descent from the mountains that starts the marathon run at the Israman, taking the lead after Schramm hurt his foot on one of the gravel sections. Altstadt would cruise through the marathon for a big win, with Alterman running his way to second and Italy's Marco Corti, competing in his first pro race, rounding out the podium.

Reznikov does it again

Local hero Antonina Reznikov was given a bit of a scare in the women's race as Parys Edwards, who is originally from South Africa but races for Great Britain, managed to stay in front on the bike until the closing kilometers of the challenging bike course. Reznikov managed to take the lead into T2 and pressed hard through the run to take her third title in Eilat. Edwards kept her honest, though, with a solid runner-up finish to round out her pro triathlon career. Competing in her first long-distance race, the Ukraine's Oleksandra Hryshyna rounded out the podium.

Israman 226 | Men

January 25, 2017 | Eilat, Israel

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Christian Altstadt

GER

9:29:01

0:58:32

5:22:59

3:07:30

2

Dan Alterman

ISR

9:51:58

0:58:24

5:44:18

3:09:14

3

Marco Corti

ITA

9:56:55

1:08:46

5:43:35

3:04:33

4

Roy Feldman

ISR

9:59:05

1:12:31

5:33:55

3:12:38

5

Erik-Simon Strijk

NLD

10:00:39

0:58:44

5:24:40

3:37:15

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Israman 226 | Women

January 25, 2017 | Eilat, Israel

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Antonina Reznikov

ISR

10:37:13

1:16:23

6:01:42

3:19:07

2

Parys Edwards

GBR

10:53:43

1:10:16

6:07:57

3:35:28

3

Oleksandra Hryshyna

UKR

11:11:59

1:07:06

6:32:01

3:32:51

4

Simona Krivankova

CZE

11:20:42

1:17:54

6:30:35

3:32:13

5

Irena Mazin

ISR

12:08:54

1:29:02

6:41:22

3:58:28

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