Hauschildt and Von Berg excellent in Elsinore

Melissa Haschildt and Rodolphe Von Berg shut out tough European fields to take the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark.

| June 18, 2018 | NEWS

Melissa Hauschildt seen here winning Ironman Texas in April, 2018.

Melissa Hauschildt seen here winning Ironman Texas in April, 2018.

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American Rodolphe Von Berg moved from fifth last year to the top of the podium in 2018, taking a close race over Great Britain's Adam Bowden at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore, Denmark. Melissa Hauschildt returned to the top of the European 70.3 podium after winning in Wiesbaden two years ago with stellar bike-run legs that managed to get her ahead of Denmark's own Helle Frederiksen

Hauschildt too strong on the run

Frederiksen led the way out of the water with a lead of almost two minutes on Hauschildt (who had a good swim to come second out of the water). By the end of the ride Hauschildt's lead was just shy of a minute, and the former Australian steeplechaser padded her lead during the run to take the win. Frederiksen hung tough for second, while Sweden's Sara Svensk rounded out the podium.

Von Berg stays tough on the run

Bowden led the way out of the water, but it was Von Berg and defending champion Michael Raelert (GER) who led the way off the bike. Raelert would pull out after the bike due to a leg injury, which left the men's race to become a two-man battle between the American and the Brit. Bowden would take the lead at about the half-way point of the half-marathon, but Von Berg stayed in touch and regained the lead by 18 km, holding on for the title. Bart Aernouts (BEL) and Ruedi Wild (SUI) had a thrilling battle for the final spot on the podium, with Aernouts getting it by just eight seconds.

 

Ironman 70.3 European Championship | Men

June 18, 2018 | Elsinore, Denmark

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Rodophe Von Berg

USA

3:40:22

22.12

2:01:35

1:12:23

2

Adam Bowden

GBR

3:40:52

22:08

2:03:27

1:10:44

3

Bart Aernouts

BEL

3:44:38

24:57

2:01:19

1:13:08

4

Ruedi Wild

SUI

3:44:46

22:28

2:04:05

1:13:27

5

Max Neumann

AUS

3:46:11

22:29

2:06:28

1:12:27

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Ironman 70.3 European Championship | Women

June 18, 2018 | Elsinore, Denmark

Name

Country

Total

1.9 km swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Melissa Hauschildt

AUS

4:07:18

27:17

2:14:29

1:20:44

2

Helle Frederiksen

DEN

4:09:43

24:34

2:18:08

1:22:13

3

Sara Svensk

SWE

4:17:11

29:21

2:18:08

1:24:21

4

Xenia Luxem

BEL

4:27:02

30:45

2:21:33

1:28:52

5

Heini Hartikainen

FIN

4:42:04

30:41

2:37:16

1:28:54

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