Weiss and Hufe take Ironman Austria

Michael Weiss became the first Austrian man to take Ironman Austria, while Maureen Hufe claimed the women's title in Klagenfurt.

| July 1, 2018 | NEWS

Ivan Tutukin, Michael Weiss and Andy Potts on the podium at Ironman Austria.

Ivan Tutukin, Michael Weiss and Andy Potts on the podium at Ironman Austria.

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Michael Weiss gave Austria it's first home-country champion ever thanks to a stellar bike ride and solid-enough run to stay clear, while Germany's Maureen Hufe passed a fading Emma Pallant (GBR) and Austria's own Lisa Huetthaler to take a close women's race.

Hufe runs to the win

Emma Pallant was making her full-distance debut in Austria and came oh-so-close to starting her long-distance career with a bang. Third out of the water behind Australian Emily Loughnan and countrywoman Susie Cheetham, Pallant quickly found herself riding at the front with a group that included Huetthaler and Hufe. Those two managed to separate themselves from the German over the final 30 or so kilometers of the ride, leaving Pallant almost four minutes down starting the run. By the 12 km point of the marathon, though, Pallant was in the lead and through the halfway point of the marathon was two-minutes up on the two chasers. At 27 km the lead was up to three minutes, which is about where it stayed through the next five km. That's when the wheels came off for Pallant and where Hufe began her charge. With six km to go the gap was down to just under 20 seconds, with Huetthaler trailing the leader by another minute. Hufe would continue her charge and run her way to the title, with Huetthaler getting to the line 1:15 later. Pallant hung on to the final spot on the podium.

 

Ironman Austria | Women

July 1, 2018 | Klagenfurt, Austria

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Mareen Hufe

GER

9:00:32

55:43

4:47:26

3:12:07

2

Lisa Hütthaler

AUT

9:01:47

55:49

4:47:30

3:13:08

3

Emma Pallant

GBR

9:03:59

55:39

4:51:52

3:11:32

4

Susie Cheetham

GBR

9:12:45

55:38

5:03:06

3:09:08

5

Emily Loughnan

AUS

9:16:22

54:02

5:08:20

3:08:32

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Weiss gets a huge win for Austria

Ironman Austria was one of the expansion races Ironman launched in the late 1990s and has enjoyed some big-name winners over the years, including Ironman world champions Peter Reid, Faris Al-Sultan and Jan Frodeno (last year's winner). On the women's side three Austrians have taken the title in Klagenfurt: Kate Allen claimed a couple of Ironman Austria titles in 2003 and 2005 (in 2004, Allen, who became an Austrian citizen after moving from Australia, took the 2004 Olympic title), Eva Marie Dollinger won in 2010 and Eva Wutti won in 2015 and 2017. Until this year, though, we'd never seen a home-country men's win. Micheal Weiss changed all that this year, though, thanks to a stellar bike split that pulled him clear of the field and in control of the race.

Lukasj Wojt (GER) took a flyer on the swim and led the men by 2:24 into T2. David McNamee (GBR) led the chase pack that included Andy Potts (USA) and Johann Ackermann (GER), but it was Weiss who would eventually take control of the race on the bike. Despite coming out of the water about eight minutes down on Wojt out of the water, by 122 km Weiss was just 18 seconds down and would lead Wojt by just over two minutes into T2, with Ackermann another 38 seconds down. Potts was a whopping 11:48 down, while Ivan Tutukin, the Russian who finished a close second to Matt Hanson in Texas after a sub-2:40 marathon, was almost 20-minutes behind starting the run.

Weiss put together a 2:51 marathon, which was more than enough to take the day. Tutukin ran his way to second thanks to a 2:40:00 marathon split, leaving Potts' 2:49 split as enough to get on the podium, but not enough for first or second.

Ironman Austria | Men

July 1, 2018 | Klagenfurt, Austria

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km bike

42.2 km run

1

Michael Weiss

AUT

8:04:46

52:04

4:16:09

2:51:39

2

Ivan Tutukin

RUS

8:13:21

48:40

4:39:35

2:40:00

3

Andy Potts

USA

8:14:25

47:04

4:33:13

2:49:28

4

David Plese

SLO

8:16:01

51:55

4:30:07

2:48:59

5

Johann Ackermann

GER

8:26:41

46:59

4:23:45

3:04:58

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