Philipp and Svennson brilliant in Barcelona

Laura Philipp made a spectacular Ironman debut, while Jesper Svensson got to the line just seconds ahead of Franz Loeschke in an incredibly tight men's race at Ironman Barcelona.

| October 8, 2018 | NEWS

Laura Philipp wins Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau.

Laura Philipp wins Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau.

Photo >Frank Wechsel / spomedis

All the buzz in the triathlon world might be focussed in Kona right now, but a woman who is likely to make a big splash in her Kona debut put together an incredible debut at Ironman Barcelona - take cover, folks, Laura Philipp has shown all the potential we thought she had over the full distance. The German came out of the water with a group of seven women, then bided her time on the bike before pulling clear to lead into T2 and then blasting through the run to post the fastest ever women's debut Ironman with her course-record 8:34:57.

Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) pushed the pace early on the bike in hopes of blunting some of Philipp's impressive run power, but would struggle over the marathon and would relinquish the runner-up spot to Hanna Maksimava (BLR).

1 Philipp, Laura (GER) 08:34:57
2 Maksimava, Hanna (BLR) 09:08:18 
3 Van Vlerken, Yvonne (NED) 09:10:49
4 Krivankova, Simona (CZE) 09:19:06
5 Hooijman, Pleuni (NED) 09:30:36

Svensson comes back

After coming out of the water in second place, Sweden's Jesper Svensson managed to pull clear of his competition on the bike, enjoying a lead of about five minutes starting the run. That lead faded, though, and the Swede was passed by Germany's Franz Loeschke before the 30 km point. Svensson hung tough, though, and repassed the German and managed to get to the finish line just seconds ahead. Spain's Miquel Blanchart Tinto rounded out the podium.

1 Svensson, Jesper (SWE) 08:05:56
2 Loeschke, Franz (GER) +00:11
3 Blanchart Tinto, Miquel (ESP) +08:27
4 Mahr, Sebastian (GER) +11:04
5 Renc, Tomáš (CZE) +13:06