Guillaume and Riesler master Malaysia

Diana Riesler made it four in a row while Romain Guillaume flew through the bike in Langkawi as the two claim the 2017 Ironman Malaysia titles.

| November 12, 2017 | NEWS

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

There's no touching Diana Riesler in Langkawi, it would appear - the German took her fourth straight Ironman Malaysia title this weekend. France's Romain Guillaume began his 2018 Kona hunt with a win in the men's race, biking away from the field and holding on in the run.

Riesler romps again

Diana Riesler (GER) seems to thrive in the challenging conditions of Langkawi - the event has recorded the hottest temperatures in Ironman history (it has been over 40 degrees C at times) - and managed her race perfectly once again to take yet another title on the Malaysian island. Laurel Wassner (USA) led the way out of the water, but after another super-hot race day in Taiwan (which she won just over a month ago) the American didn't seem to have much in her legs for the bike and the run and would eventually finish seventh. 

Riesler was part of a group that was just behind Saleta Castro (ESP) out of the water and quickly put her stamp on the race, riding clear of countrywoman Mareen Hufe and then running almost exactly the same pace through the scorch-fest that is a marathon in Langkawi to take the win. Hufe would take second with Manon Genet (FRA) rounding out the podium.

Guillaume does what he does best ...

Which is to ride away from the rest of the field and then hang on for the run. The Frenchman took his third Ironman title the only way he seems to know how - a solid swim in the lead group, then a stellar bike ride that pulls him clear of his competition, all followed by a solid marathon that holds off any of the chasers.

In this case Guillaume came off the bike with a 10-minute-plus lead on Germany's Christian Kramer and enjoyed a 15-minute-plus lead on Denmark's Jens Petersen-Bach. On the run the only man who could gain time on Guillaume was the Dane, but even a three hour marathon wasn't enough to get Petersen-Bach any higher than second on the podium as Guillaume hung tough for the win. Roman Deisenhofer managed to run past his countryman Kramer to take the final spot on the podium.

 

Ironman Malaysia | Men

November 11, 2017 | Langkawi, Malaysia

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Romain Guillaume

FRA

8:32:54

48:06

4:29:18

3:10:58

2

Jens Petersen-Bach

DEN

8:36:44

52:21

4:40:17

3:00:01

3

Roman Deisenhofer

GER

8:40:55

52:19

4:35:50

3:08:16

4

Christian Kramer

GER

8:46:53

48:10

4:39:55

3:14:28

5

Nicholas Baldwin

SEY

8:56:18

52:18

4:43:13

3:11:23

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Ironman Malaysia | Women

November 11, 2017 | Langkawi, Malaysia

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Diana Riesler

GER

9:19:01

57:39

4:57:49

3:19:18

2

Mareen Hufe

GER

9:27:23

57:44

5:05:20

3:19:27

3

Manon Genet

FRA

9:36:14

57:47

5:08:00

3:26:33

4

Saleta Castro

ESP

9:38:36

56:59

5:20:24

3:16:26

5

Parys Edwards

GBR

10:21:33

1:03:15

5:13:25

4:00:51

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