Kienle and Bleymehl take German championships at Challenge Heilbronn

Sebastian Kienle showed he is over his injury with an impressive run, while Daniela Bleymehl topped the women's field at Challenge Heilbronn, the German middle-distance championship.

| May 19, 2019 | NEWS

Sebastian Kienle (archive photo).

Sebastian Kienle (archive photo).

Photo >Michael Rauschendorfer

A huge field of 2,500 age groupers and 66 pros (50 men and 16 women) were on hand for this year's Challenge Heilbronn, which served as the German middle-distance championship this year.

Kienle running well

There were no surprises in the water as the strong-swimming Florian Angert broke away from field within a few hundred meters and led the way out of the water in 24:13. Kienle was just over a minute behind and was in the lead by the 23 km point of the 90 km bike, with Ruben Zepunkte and Andreas Dreitz moving into second and third.

Kienle led the way into T2 and promptly posted an impressive 1:13:30 half-marathon, which was more than enough to get him the German championship. The fast run serves as proof that the 2014 Ironman world champion is over the Achilles tendon injury that forced him out of last year's race in Kona. Angert managed to rally on the run for second, while Zepunkte outduelled Dreitz to nail the final spot on the podium.

 

Bleymehl charges to championship

It was former swimmer Saskia Käs who led the way out of the water in 27:45 with favorites Daniela Bleymehl and Laura Philipp almost a minute down.

Philipp quickly moved to the front on the bike, though, with Bleymehl riding in second and Holland's Els Visser holding third. 

Philipp led into T2, with Bleymehl almost 90 seconds back, but the lead disappeared quickly as Philipp succumbed to health issues, slowed to a walk and would evenutually pull out. Once she was in front Bleymehl never looked back and took the German championship in 4:18:08. Visser hung on for second, with Switzerland's Corina Hengartner rounding out the podium.

Challenge Heilbronn | Men

May 19, 2019 | Heilbronn, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Sebastian Kienle

GER

03:45:41

00:25:26

02:00:59

01:13:30

2

Florian Angert

GER

03:48:22

00:24:13

02:03:38

01:14:44

3

Ruben Zepuntke

GER

03:50:55

00:25:11

02:00:49

01:18:34

4

Andreas Dreitz

GER

03:51:39

00:25:25

02:00:51

01:19:18

5

Julian Erhardt

GER

03:55:36

00:25:24

02:08:37

01:15:09

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Challenge Heilbronn | Women

May 19, 2019 | Heilbronn, Germany

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Daniela Bleymehl

GER

04:18:08

00:28:34

02:18:18

01:24:36

2

Els Visser

NED

04:28:16

00:30:26

02:24:07

01:26:53

3

Corina Hengartner

SUI

04:30:40

00:30:35

02:25:51

01:26:48

4

Katharina Wolff

GER

04:35:08

00:30:24

02:28:00

01:29:35

5

Karen Steurs

BEL

04:37:09

00:30:29

02:29:36

01:29:35

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