Sunday, July 6, 2008

World Champs Prove Their Worth in Frankfurt


By Brad Culp

In case you thought Brit Chrissie Wellington's Ironman world title last year was a fluke - it wasn't. At Sunday's Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany, Wellington dusted the field with a 8:51:24 - only 31 seconds off of Paula Newby-Fraser's fastest all-time Ironman mark. Wellington was the first women to emerge from the swim and never relinquished the lead. In the end, she topped runner-up Nicole Leder of Germany by 26 minutes. Wellington's final splits were 48:34 (swim), 4:57:17 (bike), 3:01:44 (run).

While there were no near world best times in the men's race, there was plenty of excitement and some very fast times. Spain's Eneko Llanos had a 38-second lead on Ironman world champ Chris McCormack after the swim, but after only 4:26 on the bike, both were back in T2 and ready to do battle on the marathon. The surprise of the day came from 25-year-old German Andreas Bocherer, who actually made it to T2 a few seconds ahead of Llanos and Macca. Bocherer went on to finish seventh.

As many expected, the race came down to a 26.2-mile battle between Llanos and McCormack and the eight-hour mark was well within reach of both athletes. In the end, Macca had just a bit more gas in the tank than the Spaniard and finished with a 54-second gap in 7:59:55. While Macca's 2:45:46 was impressive, the fastest run of the day was turned in by Timo Bracht (2:42:33), who ran his way to third.

Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship
Frankfurt, Germany
Sunday, July 6, 2008
2.4mi S/112mi B/26.2mi R

Men's Results
1. Chris McCormack (AUS) 7:59:55
2. Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:00:49
3. Timo Bracht (GER) 8:04:16
4. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:08:29
5. Hektor Llanos (ESP) 8:11:36

Women's Results
1. Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:51:24
2. Nicole Leder (GER) 9:17:26
3. Wenke Kujala (GER) 9:24:54
4. Meike Krebs (GER) 9:30:47
5. Imke Schiersch (GER) 9:36:15

1 comment:

tom said...

Play Roulette and Roulette also Casino finest Casinos games Slots U can play Slot experience Slots play Slot most advanced Slots card games Texas Holdem Poker and Poker Online and Online Poker and Poker and Poker world's leading Blackjack and Blackjack selection of Casinos Online sites Casinos Stop searching Online Casinos go Play Casino Online safe & secure Casino Onlinelive 24/7 Casinos sites Online Casino generous deposit bonus Blackjack join the No Deposit Casino most trusted Play Casino real money Casino Online fantastic atmosphere Online Casino feel the buzz of a live Casino Las Vegas Casino Huge jackpots Casino attractive Casinos most professional Casinos o multiplayer Casino quick cash outs Casino play 21 Blackjack all limits Slots largest tournament Casino Online sit-n-go Online Casino bet Casino Free and Play Poker also Holdem Poker and Poker Games and Casino Poker and Online Roulette and Play Roulette and Slot Machine and Free Slots and Black Jack and Black Jack and Online Blackjack also Free Poker & Play Poker Online and Poker Bonus and Casino Games and more