Frodeno and Ryf fantastic in Frankfurt and take Ironman European Championship

Jan Frodeno bided his time and surged at the end of the bike and through the marathon, while Daniela Ryf adds another huge win to her already impressive resume that's full of dominant performances.

| July 8, 2018 | NEWS

Jan Frodeno takes the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Jan Frodeno takes the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

There's no one scarier to race against than a motivated Jan Frodeno when it comes to long-distance triathlon racing, a fact that was proven once again as the German two-time Kona champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist took the Ironman European Championship in a duel with defending Kona champ Patrick Lange, turning the race into a battle between the last two Germans to have won in Kona..

The women's race featured another dominating performance by Switzerland's Daniela Ryf, who finished seventh overall and breaking her own course record as she finished over 26 minutes ahead of full-distance rookie, American Sarah True.

Frodeno frightening on the run

The day started with a bit of a surprise in that Jan Frodeno wasn't on Josh Amberger's feet in the swim - the Australian ripped through the swim course (without a wetsuit, no less) in 46:53, with Frodeno out next 1:49 down. Patrick Lange had an amazing swim to come out on Frodeno's feet alongside Frodo's training partner Nicholas Kastelein, with Sweden's Patrik Nilsson just a few seconds back. Andi Boecherer and Tyler Butterfield trailed that group by just under a minute, but Butterfield would end up bridging up to the group ahead, while Boecherer would end up pulling out of the race early.

The group seemed happy to watch each other rather than make any sort of concerted effort to catch Amberger and stayed together through the entire first lap of the bike, losing time on the Australian leader - through 100 km they were down over four minutes. That's when Frodeno started to press the pace, though, putting the pressure on the rest of the group. Through 150 km the gap was down to under three minutes to Amberger, and Kastelein and Butterfield were no longer in touch. Frodeno kept pressing and would eventually finish the bike just 19 seconds behind Amberger, with Nilsson another 18 seconds back and Lange 21 seconds behind Frodeno.

The much anticipated marathon duel between Frodeno and Lange, who set a new marathon course record in Kona two years ago and broke the overall course record last year thanks to his 2:40 split never materialized - Frodeno simply ran away from Lange, running each km about 5 seconds faster. By the half-way point of the marathon the gap was just under two minutes. From that point on Lange didn't look like the marathon speed-demon we've come to see in Kona, fading over the second half of the run and eventually being passed by Nilsson.

Frodeno would finish the day two seconds under the 8:01 point, with Nilsson over seven minutes back in second and Lange rounding out the podium 8:28 back.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Ryf rips it again

Anyone who watched Daniela Ryf set the new course record in Kona a few years ago will have felt a sense of déjà vu here in Frankfurt - just like in Kona when the gap was over 20 minutes to some of the best athletes in the world, today the gap was even bigger, and the field was pretty impressive, too.

Two-time Olympian Sarah True led the way out of the water in 53:09, with Ryf right on her feet. The pair had a lead of over two minutes on the next group that included Katja Konschak (GER), Ewa Bugdol (POL) and Rachel McBride (CAN), with another Olympian and full-distance rookie, Anne Haug coming out of the water 3:19 behind True and Ryf.

From there the race for the win got very boring. By halfway through the bike Ryf was almost 15 minutes up on defending champ Sarah Crowley, with True another 40 seconds down, McBride almoet 18 minutes behind and Haug almost 19 minutes back.

Into T2 Ryf's lead was 27:29 on Crowley, 30:04 on True and 30:05 over Haug. The race for first was basically done as long as Ryf didn't keel over, which she most-certainly did not do - her 2:58:53 marathon split was more than enough to net her the win.

Haug passed True early in the run, but would fade as the American seemed to get stronger, moving past both Haug and Crowley and posting the day's fastest marathon (an impressive 2:54:58, no less) to take second, with Crowley taking third and Haug suffering over the final part of the marathon to finish fourth. 

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Ironman European Championship | Men

July 08, 2018 | Frankfurt, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

185 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Jan Frodeno

GER

8:00:58

48:42

4:28:36

2:39:06

2

Patrik Nilsson

SWE

8:08:50

48:46

4:28:45

2:46:02

3

Patrick Lange

GER

8:09:26

48:43

4:29:01

2:47:15

4

Nick Kastelein

AUS

8:18:45

48:43

4:32:44

2:52:33

5

Josh Amberger

AUS

8:26:16

46:53

4:29:53

3:04:40

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Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Ironman European Championship | Women

July 08, 2018 | Frankfurt, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

185 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Daniela Ryf

SUI

8:38:44

53:11

4:40:55

2:58:53

2

Sarah True

USA

9:05:19

53:09

5:10:56

2:54:58

3

Sarah Crowley

AUS

9:11:31

55:35

5:05:37

3:04:36

4

Anne Haug

GER

9:14:06

56:28

5:08:08

3:04:32

5

Katja Konschak

GER

9:36:11

55:28

5:28:31

3:05:52

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