Last weekend saw a triumphant return for a quality athlete at Ironman Austria, a sixth win for the year for a rising star at Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh as well as exciting racing at Challenge Geraardsbergen and Challenge San Gil. 

Text By Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images By Getty Images and Challenge Geraardsbergen

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Wutti Is Back With A Bang

Text By Rob Sheeley

Eva Wutti showed that motherhood has not slowed her down when she won Ironman Austria last weekend.

The 2015 champion, who was racing her first full-distance event since the birth of daughter Kiana last year, reeled off a 2:57:43 marathon to power to victory by almost two minutes from Corinne Abraham with Michelle Vesterbty a further eight minutes away in third.

It was Vesterby who found the frlnt early, leading the swim by just under a minute from Michaela Herlbauer. Bianca Steurer was in third some four minutes back with Wutti not far behind her.

Vesterby continued on her tearaway by also registering the fastest bike split (5:00:11) despite having a crash towards the end of the ride.

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The run was a nail-biter. Vesterby led with Corinne Abraham whittling away the margin while Wutti was flying behind the pair.

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By the half-way mark, Wutti had pounced and took the lead. Abraham moved to second and stuck with her even reducing the margin at times, which stayed under a minute for quite a while.

But the Austrian proved too strong, combining her local knowledge and experience to complete a phenomenal return to racing.

Abraham’s second showed that she is back at her best and suggested that a win is not far away.

For Vesterby, it was a tough-as-nails type effort even to finish the races, crossing the line with her chin covered in blood, the remnants of a refusal to give in.

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Ironman Austria 2017  Results 

1 Wutti, Eva AUT 0:58:23 5:04:39 2:57:43 9:06:25
2 Abraham, Corinne GBR 0:59:44 5:00:12 3:03:14 9:08:03
3 Vesterby, Michelle DNK 0:53:52 5:00:11 3:17:19 9:16:44
4 Steurer, Bianca AUT 0:57:27 5:10:41 3:19:14 9:33:00
5 Fillnow, Kelly USA 1:06:13 5:16:02 3:20:40 9:49:15
6 Polak, Kamila AUT 0:59:47 5:18:22 3:30:44 9:55:33
7 Kowalska, Olga POL 1:03:18 5:25:31 3:24:10 9:59:26
8 Montgomery, Julia SWE 1:07:39 5:22:48 3:44:54 10:22:28
9 Urban, Maja HRV 1:04:30 5:44:43 3:35:15 10:31:58
10 Diawuoh, Annabel DEU 1:25:50 5:29:04 3:38:46 10:41:40
11 Tavecchio, Sara ITA 0:59:46 5:42:21 3:56:42 10:47:31
12 Herlbauer, Michaela AUT 0:54:29 5:19:31 DNF
13 Bossow, Franziska DEU 1:03:16 DNF



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Pallant Powers To Another Win In Edinburgh

Text By Laura Siddall

Emma Pallant continued her fantastic season by taking out the inaugural title at Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh last weekend. It was once again Pallant’s killer run that meant she broke away to take the win. Lucy Gossage just wasn’t quite able to hold Pallant’s speed on the run, to finish in second with Sarah True finishing in third.

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The tropical Scottish summer conditions resulted in the swim course needing to be shortened to just 900m. It was Sarah True who lead out the water, with almost a two-minute lead to Alice Hector, with Pallant a further 50-seconds back and Gossage another minute.

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Gossage soon got to work on the bike making up the deficit to Pallant and the two rode together, passing the two women ahead arriving at T2 in first and second. True entered T2 almost five minutes down.

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Pallant made sure it was clear from the start that she meant business, taking the lead on the first of the three laps and building on that with her impressive running, coming home to take the first title in Edinburgh and her sixth victory for the year.

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Gossage’s run was still impressive on a tough course and good enough for second, extending her gap slightly over Sarah True who finished with a third podium in her three half distance races.

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Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh 2017 Results

Pallant, Emma GBR 0:16:32 2:40:15 1:21:56 4:23:17
Gossage, Lucy GBR 0:17:24 2:39:33 1:25:17 4:26:32
True, Sarah USA 0:14:01 2:47:45 1:25:25 4:31:52
Hector, Alice GBR 0:15:48 2:50:37 1:29:38 4:41:06
Donegan, Aine IRL 0:18:34 2:50:33 1:34:52 4:48:23
Haresign, Eleanor GBR 0:16:32 2:55:13 1:38:08 4:55:24
Deckers Dominates In Geraardsbergen

Text By Laura Siddall

Tine Deckers became the first winner of Challenge Family Geraardsbergen, the Belgium taking the title in front of a home crowd. Sarissa Vries and Margie Santimaria finishing second and third respectively.

Vries led out the water with Santimaria just a little over two minutes ahead of the large chase pack of women, led by Diana Lee and Deckers.

Deckers soon set about the chase on the bike, being only 20-seconds behind the leaders at the foot of the Muur and took the lead around 50km, extending this advantage to give her over two minutes break at the start of the run over Vries, with Amelia Watkinson* a further two minutes back and another one minute back to Santimaria.

Deckers was never to be troubled backing up her bike with the fastest run on the day to take the title in her home country. Vries holding on comfortable to second and Santimaria moving up to take third.

Challenge Geraardsbergen 2017 Results

DECKERS Tine 4:26:01 0:26:22 2:32:15 1:24:34
VRIES Sarissa 4:31:07 0:24:09 2:36:50 1:27:13
SANTIMARIA Margie 4:35:06 0:24:14 2:39:04 1:28:50
KOMANDER Ewa 4:36:50 0:26:28 2:38:49 1:28:32
WATKINSON Annah 4:37:46 0:26:27 2:40:20 1:26:35
CSOMOR Erika 4:40:03 0:26:33 2:41:56 1:28:28
MACHERIOTOU Carmen 4:40:20 0:26:23 2:38:38 1:31:39
KUHN Nina 4:41:21 0:29:42 2:40:17 1:27:42
ZIJDERVELD Anne 4:56:30 0:26:52 2:52:28 1:33:28
LEE Diane 4:59:01 0:26:21 2:48:22 1:40:52
WATKINSON Amelia DNF 0:26:23 2:35:49


Perez Too Good In San Gil

Text By Laura Siddall

In what was the 25th Anniversary of the race, and third year as a Challenge Family event, it was Rio Olympic Cecilia Perez who took the win at Challenge San Gil ahead of Laurel Wassner in second and Mackenzie Madison.

Perez led out the swim, with Wassner right behind. Wassner powered ahead on the bike coming into T2 with about 90-seconds lead over Perez. Wassner held on to the lead for most of the half-marathon, with Perez only just managing to over turn the deficit in the final few kilometers to take the win. Wassner held onto second and Mackenzie Madison made strong moves on the bike and run to take third.

Challenge San Gil 2017 Results

Cecilia Perez MEX 0:25:25 2:38:28 1:30:26 4:40:29
Laurel Wassner USA 0:25:26 2:37:11 1:33:16 4:42:39
Madison Mackensi USA 0:29:51 2:37:49 1:32:42 4:48:22
Adriana Carreño MEX 0:26:38 2:49:19 1:28:56 4:50:50
Adriana Fabiola Corona MEX 0:26:46 2:44:07 1:43:00 4:59:28
Jenny Fletcher USA 0:26:46 2:46:15 1:44:10 5:03:46
Maria Eugenia Barrera MEX 0:26:47 2:39:44 DNF

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