Sarah Crowley ran her way to another Ironman title as Germany's defending champion Daniela Sämmler struggled through the marathon due to stomach problems.
July 29, 2018 | NEWS|
After the swim was cancelled due to blue-green algae in the water, Germany's Sonja Tajsich was likely not too unhappy as she utilized her strong running ability to lead the women into T1 after the 6 km run that started things off at Ironman Hamburg. Tajsich, who often loses lots of time in the water, took advantage of the duathlon format came into transition alongside Sarah Crowley (AUS). Just eight-seconds later last year's winner Daniela Sämmler arrived into T2, with Katharina Grohmann (GER) 28 seconds behind and Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN) 1:11 behind the leaders..
Sämmler und Crowley battle at the front, Tajsich disqualified
As expected, Sämmler and Crowley continued to lead on the bike, with Tajsich, who was competing in what she wanted to be hear last professional race, followed the leading duo. Then came a shocking moment as a referee disqualified Tajsich for littering, putting her out of the race. That put Grohmann into third with Stage Nielsen in fourth.
Sämmler and Crowley continued to build their lead through the first loop and remained together until and also went together on the second cycle round. These also completed the two together - until shortly before the end. About three kilometers before the second transition zone Crowley ran into technical issues and lost precious time to Sämmler, arriving into T2 2:19 behind the German. Grohmann arrived 6:26 behind the leader..
Crowley runs to the win, Sämmler struggles
From the start of the marathon Crowley was running slightly faster than Sämmler. The gap shrunk continuously until, at kilometer 17, we finally saw a change in leadership.
Crowley continued in front, finishing the race in 8:08:21 after a 3:05:36 marathon. Grohmann took second, 5:08 behind, taking the German long-distance championship in the process. Stage Nielsen rounded out the podium.
Sämmler continued to struggle through the last half of the marathon, walking the last 6 km and would finish fifth behind Trine Boye Larsen (DEN).
6 KM Run
180 KM Bike
42.2 KM Run
Maja Stage Nielsen
Trine Boye Larsen