Daniela Ryf ist und bleibt die Triathlon-Königin auf den langen Strecken. In Südafrika krönte sich die 31 Jahre alte Schweizerin zum vierten Mal nach 2014, 2015 und 2017 zur Ironman-70.3-Weltmeisterin.
September 1, 2018 | NEWS|
Daniela Ryf romped to her fourth Ironman 70.3 world title, biking away from all but Lucy Charles and posting a solid run to easily take the race in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa today.
Charles, a former national team swimmer for Great Britain, led the way out of the water in 23:01 with the first of the chasers coming out of the water about a minute later. In that group were Germany's Anne Haug, American Sara True and Ryf.
Ryf lost some time in T1 due to some issues with her tri suit, which flapped in the wind throughout the ride, but that only served to keep her competition closer. By 30 km she was in the lead and only Charles was able to stay with her. Those two arrived into T2 with a huge lead of about eight minutes on a group that included Haug, Radka Vodickova-Kahlefeldt (CZE), Imogen Simmonds (SUI) and Pamella Oliveira (BRA).
Once on the run, Ryf quickly asserted her dominance and ran clear of Charles, never looking back as she cruised to another world title, her seventh Ironman title when you include her three Kona titles. Charles hung on for the runner-up spot, while super-runner Haug took the final spot on the podium thanks to a 1:15 split.
Ironman 70.3 World Championship | Women
September 1, 2018 | Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run