Ryf and Bækkegård take Ironman Austria

On a day where her "body was not in a perfect mood," Daniela Ryf still managed a sub-9 hour day, while Denmark's Daniel Bækkegård dominated the men's race at Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt.

| July 7, 2019 | NEWS

Daniela Ryf wins Ironman 70.3 Oceanside earlier this year.

Daniela Ryf wins Ironman 70.3 Oceanside earlier this year.

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Even if she's not firing on all cylinders, there aren't too many people on the planet who can challenge Daniela Ryf. The Swiss star dominated the women's race from start to finish, enjoying a huge lead out of the water, extending that to a whopping 26 minutes off the bike, then cruising through the run for a sub-9 hour clocking at Ironman Austria.

Austria's Bianca Steurer was the one who trailed Ryf off the bike by those 26 minutes. She would run 32 seconds faster in the end to nail second, whie Finland's Heini Hartikainen rounded out the podium.

In the men's race Daniel Bækkegård trailed Germany's Lukasz Wojt by 1:32 after the swim, caught up to the German, then lost ground over the final kilometers of the ride to start the run almost three-minutes behind.  Bækkegård steadily gained ground on the German and was well out in front by halfway through the marathon and would never look back, taking the win in 8:14.

The Dane was well out in front of the rest of the podium, but the race for second through fifth ended up being very close. Just 2:30 separated Belgium's Stenn Goetstouwers from fifth place Michael Ruenz (GER). In between those two were David Plese, who finished just six seconds behind Goetstouwers, and Wojt who hung on for fourth.

Ironman Austria | Women

July 7, 2019 | Klagenfurt, Austria

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Daniela Ryf

SUI

8:52:20

55:09

4:43:35

3:08:34

2

Bianca Steurer

AUT

9:18:55

1:02:24

5:02:25

3:08:02

3

Heini Hartikainen

FIN

9:44:48

1:03:11

5:08:25

3:27:07

4

Frankie Sanjana

GBR

9:50:51

1:06:55

5:17:13

3:21:13

5

Zeljka Saban Milicic

CRO

10:06:31

56:47

5:40:29

3:21:51

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Ironman Austria | Men

July 7, 2019 | Klagenfurt, Austria

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Daniel Bækkegård

DEN

8:14:26

47:01

4:28:22

2:53:11

2

Stenn Goetstouwers

BEL

8:25:53

50:57

4:31:12

2:58:17

3

David Plese

SLO

8:25:59

52:11

4:32:10

2:56:14

4

Lukasz Wojt

GER

8:27:29

45:29

4:27:48

3:09:40

5

Michael Ruenz

GER

8:28:32

56:15

4:40:49

2:46:27

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