Ryf sets new world best, O'Donell wins men's race at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia

Daniela Ryf dominated fellow three-time Kona champ Mirinda Carfrae and set a new Ironman 70.3 best time, while Tim O'Donnell took the men's race at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia in Poland.

| August 5, 2018 | NEWS

Daniela Ryf sets a new course record at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. She set a new Ironman 70.3 best time in winning Ironman 70.3 Gdynia.

Daniela Ryf sets a new course record at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. She set a new Ironman 70.3 best time in winning Ironman 70.3 Gdynia.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Well that puts a damper on any potential excitement for the build up to the Ironman 70.3 and ironman World Championship events. Daniela Ryf crushed the entire field in the much-anticipated duel between her and fellow three-time Kona champ Mirinda Carfrae, winning the race by a whopping 22:51. The Swiss star managed to even outrun Carfrae, finishing the day with a 1:17 run split and a new world-best Ironman 70.3 time of 3:57:55.

Ryf led the way out of the water in 24:35, just over two-minutes up on Poland's Ewa Bugdol and 2:17 up on Carfrae, who was fourth ouf of the water. If that seems like a bit of a gap, it's hard to describe just how far Ryf was ahead by the end of the bike - another Pole, Ewa Komander was second off the bike, 17:26 behind Ryf, while Cafrae was third off the bike, 18:09 behind.

Ryf then flew through the run to set a new 70.3 world best time, while Carfrae managed to run her way to the runner-up spot, with Komander rounding out the podium.

O'Donnell wire to wire

Tim O'Donnell appears to be on track for a nice build into the Ironman World Championship, taking the men's race from the start. He led a group out of the water that included Switzerland's Manuel Kung, Germany's Nils Frommhold, Poland's Tomasz Brembor and France's Julien Pousson. 

O'Donnell and Frommhold quickly broke clear of the rest of the group on the bike and would enter T2 together, but once on the run the German was simply unable to stay with O'Donnell, who finished off the day with an impressive 1:14:17 run to take the title. Frommhold held on for second, while fellow German Markus Liebelt rounded out the podium.

Ironman 70.3 Gdynia | Women

August 5, 2018 | Gdynia, Poland

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Daniela Ryf

SUI

3:57:55

24:35

2:12:27

1:17:40

2

Mirinda Carfrae

AUS

4:20:47

26:52

2:28:15

1:21:49

3

Ewa Komander

POL

4:25:41

29:21

2:25:02

1:27:40

4

Joanna Soltysiak

POL

4:27:34

29:26

2:26:18

1:28:19

5

Ewa Bugdol

POL

4:31:26

26:39

2:33:07

1:27:51

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Ironman 70.3 Gdynia | Men

August 5, 2018 | Gdynia, Poland

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Tim O'Donnell

USA

3:47:41

23:02

2:07:13

1:14:17

2

Nils Frommhold

GER

3:52:58

23:10

2:07:11

1:19:05

3

Markus Liebelt

GER

3:53:28

25:53

2:09:24

1:14:39

4

Ondrej Kubo

SVK

3:55:45

25:48

2:09:30

1:16:43

5

Aleksey Kalistratov

RUS

3:57:35

24:39

2:13:57

1:15:13

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