Hufe and Sapunov master Malaysia

Both Mauren Hufe and Daniil Sapunov dominated another steamy race day at Ironman Malaysia.

| November 17, 2018 | NEWS

Maureen Hufe seen winning Ironman Austria earlier this year.

Maureen Hufe seen winning Ironman Austria earlier this year.

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It's renowned as the hottest Ironman on the circuit and, once again, heat and humidity played a major role in the way the day worked out. The Ukraine's Daniil Sapunov would pass a cramping Romain Guillaume (the men's defending champ) in the latter stages of the bike, while Germany's Maureen Hufe would bide her time to power past a fading Jocelyn McCauley as the two dominated the field.

Hufe gets a second Ironman win

Earlier this year Maureen Hufe topped the field at Ironman Austria, but that race was nutty close as the German managed to get to the line just over a minute ahead to take the win. Today Hufe trailed McCauley by about six minutes out of the water, but steadily gained back time on the American and would move into the lead at 115 km. From there Hufe never looked back - she was 4:30 ahead of the American into T2, with Holland's Els Visser and Italy's Federica de Nicola over 17 minutes down.

Once out on the scorcher of a run course McCauley would eventually drop out, making it even more of a rout for Hufe, who cruised through the run to take her second Ironman win. The Czech Republic's Simona Krivankova would run her way to second, while Federica de Nicola would hold off Els Visser for the final spot on the podium.

Sapunov super in taking men's title

Balazs Csoke led the way out of the water, with Guillaume just a few seconds back. Sapunov was just a few more seconds back, which put the threesome almost three minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Guillaume then proceeded to pull clear of the rest of the men, enjoying a lead of just over two-minutes on Sapunov through 100 km of the ride. During the last 80 km of biking, though, Guillaume started to struggle with cramps and would lose 11 minutes to the Ukrainian by T2. To add insult to injury, the Frenchman lost another minute in transition, and suddenly had Japan's Kaito Tohara just a few minutes back as he started the run. 

Eventually Guillaume would drop out as Tohara blasted through the early stages of the marathon, but was never able to put Sapunov in any distress as he cruised through for his first Ironman win. Tohara would hang on for second, while Swizterland's Urs Muller rounded out the podium.

 

 

 

Ironman Malaysia | Women

November 17, 2018 | Langkawi, Malaysia

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Maureen Hufe

GER

9:25:22

57:55

5:00:13

3:23:00

2

Simon Krivankova

CZE

9:55:36

1:05:30

5:22:21

3:23:09

3

Federica De Nicola

ITA

9:57:29

1:00:28

5:14:53

3:38:07

4

Els Visser

NED

10:02:49

57:55

5:17:34

3:43:47

5

Helena Kotopulu

CZE

10:09:30

1:09:50

5:25:38

3:28:38

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Ironman Malaysia | Men

November 17, 2018 | Langkawi, Malaysia

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Daniil Sapunov

UKR

8:33:37

48:43

4:40:47

3:00:20

2

Kaito Tohara

JAP

8:55:14

52:51

4:52:41

3:06:08

3

Urs Muller

SUI

9:09:12

52:44

4:53:38

3:18:59

4

Nathan Groch

AUS

9:24:41

52:53

5:04:50

3:22:18

5

Balazs Csoke

HUN

9:28:25

48:36

5:18:29

3:17:09

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