Kienle and Wutti tops at Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee

Bei seinem ersten Start bei der Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee hat Sebastian Kienle bei seinem letzten Testwettkampf vor Hawaii über die Mitteldistanz den ersten Platz belegt, schnellste Frau war Eva Wutti.

| September 4, 2018 | NEWS

Kona prep: Sebastian Kienle wins his last race test before the Ironman World Championship.

Kona prep: Sebastian Kienle wins his last race test before the Ironman World Championship.

Photo >José Luis Hourcade

The pre-Kona prep for Sebastian Kienle looks good - the 2014 world champ won Challenge Turku in Finland last month and followed that up with a victory at Challenge Walchsee.

The victory in Austria was hardly an easy one for Kienle. After trailing out of the water, he found himself chasing Denmark's Daniel Baekkegard and countryman Frederic Funk on the bike. At 78 km, Funk moved to the front, but the pair ended up in T2 29 seconds ahead of Kienle. Kienle used the day's fastest half-marathon, 1:13:37, to move to the front and win the race in 3:48:39. Just under three minutes later Funk crossed the line, followed by Baekkegard, who rounded out the podium with a 3:54:44 finish.

Wutti became the first Austrian to win the race in Walchsee, providing the local spectators lots to cheer about. Off the bike Wutti, who is from the Carinthia region, was in third, two-minutes behind Italy's Margie Santimaria and England's Laura Siddall. Wutti managed to pass the two women ahead of her, leaving Siddall to take second in 4:18:11. Santimaria was another 3:13 back to round out the podium.