Camilla Pedersen wins another Challenge event in 2012. Her first was Challenge Barcelona Half Iron Distance, followed by Challenge Aarhus Half, and now, despite taking a tumble on the run and losing her place up front, Pedersen regained composure and took the win at Challenge Copenhagen.
On a beatiful Danish summer day in the Danish capital Copenhagen, 2.000 triathletes today raced the 3rd edition of KMD Challenge Copenhagen. Swimming 3.8km in the lagune of Amager Beach Park, riding the 180 km in Copenhagen and the northern countryside, while finishing off with a marathon of 42.2 km along the Danish harbor front. Over 150.000 spectators once again made this triathlon event a big summer party in the Copenhagen streets.


In the womens pro field 2012 Long Distance World Championships silver medalist, Camilla Pedersen, took charge from the gun and stormed out in front on the swim. Exiting the water just in front of last years male winner Tim Berkel. Camilla soon found a solid pace on the bike and started to build up a commanding lead. Charging hard from behind, in her return to long distance racing, former Long Distance World Champion, Lisbeth Kristensen, kept the lead within striking distance. Out onto the run, Camilla continued her solid form.

Extending her lead over Kristensen and the chasers Katja Konschak and Weneke Kujala. Pedersen looked in complete control with the lead at the 23km mark being over 10 minutes. In a dramatic turn of events Pedersen took a tumble at around 25km, by the 27km mark the lead was down to 3 minutes. Camilla crashed hard on her left hip spending several minutes on the ground. Lisbeth Kristensen had caught and past Pedersen by the 31km mark only for this lead to be short lived as Pedersen regained control at the 35km. Pedersen recovered and entered the finish shoot with a comfortable 3 minute advantage to take her first iron-distance win. Kristensen secured second place whilst a fast running Katja Konschak rounded out the podium.


Top-3, women

1) Camilla Pedersen, Denmark – 9:12:27
2) Lisbeth Kristensen, Denmark – 9:15:24
3) Katja Konschak, Germany – 9:19.54

Fastest female splits of the day:
3,8 km swim: Camilla Pedersen, 48:57
180 km bike: Camilla Pedersen, 4:59:05
42,2 km run: Katja Konschak, 3:07:49
– Text courtesy of Challenge Family
– Photos courtesy of Getty Images

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