Anne Haug is triathlon world champion over the Ironman distance. The Bayreuth woman ran for the title in the fastest marathon of the day. Laura Philipp finished fourth.
With a brilliant marathon of 2:51:07 hours, Anne Haug won the 43rd Ironman Hawaii and is now Ironman World Champion 2019. The 36-year-old finished the legendary race with start and finish in Kailua-Kona after 3.86 kilometers Swimming, 180.2 kilometers cycling and 42.2 kilometers running in 8:40:10 hours in front of the Briton Lucy Charles-Barclay and Sarah Crowley from Australia. Laura Philipp from Heidelberg secured fourth place in her first race on the Big Island.
“The entire run felt great. I just focused on my pace and took every refreshment station with me, ”said Haug in the final interview. “I wasn’t sure if Lucy had just approached the run conservatively. The finish was gigantic. ” Together with the men’s winner Jan Frodeno, Haug achieved the first German double victory in Hawaii in history. Defending champion Daniela Ryf didn’t have a good day and finished 13th. The Swiss missed being the first female athlete to win five times in a row in Hawaii.
Charles-Barclay swims up and away
Kailua-Kona welcomed around 2,500 athletes from 74 countries who had qualified for the World Cup after a rainy check-in day on race day with a cloudy sky. When the starting shot was fired at 6.30 a.m., clear waves came into the bay and moved the 41 professional women, including six Germans below, up and down: anything but perfect conditions for outstanding times in the opening discipline. For the best swimmer in the field, Lucy Charles-Barclay, it wasn’t about attacking her record from last year (48:14 minutes) anyway. The Brit wanted and had to get the greatest possible lead in her specialty in order to finally get a chance for the title after two second places behind Ryf.
And so Charles-Barclay tried to escape with the start command. After a few hundred meters she swam at the top, only Lauren Brandon was able to keep up with the pace with a lot of effort. Up to the turning point, the duo got over a minute out of the pursuers and on the way back against the current they added more minutes. After 49:02, Charles-Barclay was the first back on the pier, Brandon stepped out of the Pacific four seconds later. Led by Jennifer Spieldenner, Jocelyn McCauley and Sarah True, the first large group finished the swim after 54 minutes, including defending champion Ryf and the eventual winner Anne Haug. The next group with the four Germans Laura Philipp, Daniela Bleymehl, Svenja Thoes and Mareen Hufe as well as the three-time Hawaii winner Mirinda Carfrae reached the transition area five minutes later.
Haug drives smart, Philipp and Bleymehl are catching up
The race on the bike was surprising, mainly because the expected attack by Daniela Ryf did not materialize. After a solid swim, the Swiss woman didn’t have the legs this time to take the top spot on the TT bike, as in her four victories between 2015 and 2018. The 32-year-old could not hold the first chasing group. Instead, other women came into focus. Lucy Charles-Barclay broke away from Laura Brandon on the short loop through Kona and turned alone in the front onto the highway towards Hawi. Anne Haug led the chase group with Sarah Crowley, Imogen Simmonds and Carrie Lester for the longest time since Hawi. At 60 km she swallowed Brandon and moved up to second place. Laura Philipp and Daniela Bleymehl were even faster at this point. The two Erdinger pros set their pace together from the first kilometer and narrowed their ten-minute gap after swimming second by second. After a third of the bike course, the duo had made up three minutes on the leader and even overtook and overtook Daniela Ryf. At the turning point in Hawi they were almost at the Haug group.
On the second 90 kilometers, the sun was pounding in the meantime, it quickly became clear that Charles-Barclay was aiming for start-to-finish victory. Completely alone at the top, the 26-year-old drove the highest speed. On six, seven and finally eight minutes, she increased her lead up to the second transition area. In the group behind, Bleymehl did most of the leadership work. Haug, Philipp, Crowley and Lester held back, while Imogen Simmonds fell back from the group at some point and was overtaken by Heather Jackson before Kona. Ryf only switched to running shoes twelve minutes after Charles-Barclay in ninth place.
Haug catches up eight minutes
The old triathlon wisdom that an Ironman is decided by running proved to be true once again on this memorable day. Haug, who was third in the fastest marathon last year, didn’t let her big deficit disturb her. After 14 kilometers, she had left the four female cyclists behind and halved the distance to the front. In the half marathon, they were only seconds from Charles-Barclay. The decision was made in the infamous Energy Lab: Haug passed to the left, Lucy Charles-Barclay didn’t even try to follow the Bayreuth woman.
The 15 kilometers back to Kona was a triumphal procession for Anne Haug. The two-time Olympian pulled off her extreme pace and ran the third fastest women’s marathon in Hawaii history in 2:51:07 hours. Only Mirinda Carfrae was around 30 seconds faster in 2013 and 2014. With the German flag over his shoulders, Haug ran through the most famous goal gate in the triathlon world, where she was celebrated for minutes by the many German fans.
A dramatic battle between Charles-Barclay and Sarah Crowley developed for second place. With nine kilometers to go, the Australian first took silver, but the British countered a few kilometers later and came second for the third time, while Crowley secured bronze in a sub-3 marathon. Laura Philipp finished fourth in her very strong premiere, Kristin Liepold, Svenja Thoes and Mareen Hufe took ranks 17, 20 and 21. And the two Danielas? They visibly suffered in the marathon. After all, Daniela Bleymehl ran into the prize money in ninth place and thus fulfilled her self-formulated minimum goal. Daniela Ryf showed that she can bite even on a weak day. After finishing second, one, one, one and one, this time she was 13th when she heard the legendary words: “You are an Ironman!”
Ironman Hawaii 2019 | Women
October 13, 2019 | Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (USA)
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