Van Berkel and Sali super at Ironman Switzerland

Jan Van Berkel claimed his first Ironman race in his home country, while Kaisa Sali took the women's race in Zurich as the pair topped the field at Ironman Switzerland.

| July 30, 2018 | NEWS

A 2:45 marathon netted Jan Van Berkel his first Ironman title at Ironman Switzerland.

A 2:45 marathon netted Jan Van Berkel his first Ironman title at Ironman Switzerland.

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It has taken a while for Jan Van Berkel to win the Ironman Switzerland, but after the Swiss athlete finished second and third twice, he finally made it to the top of the podium. First out of the water, Van Berkel was passed, as expected, by uber-biker Cameron Wurf (AUS), who led into T2 thanks to a 4:14:52 bike split.

Wurf was quickly overtaken by David Plese (SLO), but it was Van Berkel who would take the day thanks to a 2:45:18 marathon split. Plese and Wurf would round out the podium 4:08 and 4:55 behind Van Berkel.

Ironman Switzerland | Men

July 29, 2018 | Zurich, Switzerland

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Jan Van Berkel

SUI

8:09:18

50:25

4:29:50

2:45:18

2

David Plese

SLO

8:13:27

51:44

4:19:04

2:57:38

3

Cameron Wurf

AUS

8:14:13

56:11

4:14:52

2:58:58

4

Mike Phillips

AUS

8:17:36

50:30

4:29:56

2:53:26

5

Ronnie Schildknecht

SUI

8:21:52

2:51:31

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Sali wins the women's race

In the women's race, Finn Kaisa Sali lived up to her role as the favorite. Third in Roth four weeks ago, Sali had solid performances in all three disciplines and finished in 9:06:01 to take the win. Just over eight minutes later American Skye Moench crossed the line to finish second. The podium was completed by Australian Annabel Luxford who finished in 9:16:55. Fourth-place finisher Lisa Roberts (USA, 9:23:31) ran a 3:00:27 marathon, the fastest of the day for the women.

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Kaisa Sali

FIN

9:06:01

57:20

4:53:59

3:08:42

2

Skye Moench

USA

9:14:36

57:16

4:57:11

3:15:09

3

Annabel Luxford

AUS

9:16:55

55:12

4:57:54

3:18:34

4

Lisa Roberts

USA

9:23:31

1:05:11

5:12:05

3:00:27

5

Elisabeth Gruber

AUT

9:28:25

1:05:43

5:01:19

3:16:21

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