Ironman Barcelona was the last full-distance race of the European calendar. A close race came down to the run for both the men and women.
October 2, 2016 | NEWS|
In Barcelona, the real fireworks were saved for the the run in the men’s race. Johann Ackermann, Bas Diederand and Mark Oude Bennink were off the bike within a minute of each other. The trio was at least a mile into the run before Patrick Nilsson dismounted his bike and was staring at a 7:47 deficit to overcome. Nilsson recorded a sub 7:50 finishing time in his Ironman Copenhagen win earlier this season, however eight minutes is a big hole to crawl out of.
At 9 km Nilsson was 6:12 down and then, at 15 km, he was 3:55 behind Oude Bennink. At 22 km Oude Bennink's lead was less than a minute and it was just a matter of “when” the lead change would take place. The answer was quick to come as Nilsson made the pass and managed to build up a 3:40 lead by 28 km. Nilsson claimed his second Ironman title of the season with a 7:55:28 finishing time.
Impressive 37-year-old Astrid Stienen and Annah Watkinson both pushed the pace to establish a 13-minute lead on Elisabeth Gruber on the bike. At the front of the race, Stienen put in a solid run as Watkinson fell off the pace and Gruber moved into second. Stienen was never under any real threat throughout the run and claimed the tile by over 11 minutes.
Blanchart Tinto, Miquel