Miquel Blanchart fifth and Merce Tusell sixth at IRONMAN Barcelona

He has achieved the best time in the running race. Florian Angert and Sara Svensk win

Today a new edition of the contest has been held in the town of Calella IRONMAN Barcelona with 3.800 participants.

Frederik Van Lierde, Nick Kastelein, Christian Kramer, Kyle Buckingham or Miquel Blanchart were some of the big favorites in the fight for victory.

In the female category the Swedish Sara Svensk, ITU World Long Distance champion in 2015, started as one of the top favorites, as well as the Australian Dimity-Lee Duke and the Belgian Katrien Verstuyft.

The test began at 8 in the morning with the 3.800 meter swim where the first to come out of the water was Guillen Rojas leading a group of 6 with Floriant Angert, Sebastian Fraysse, Nicolas Kastelein, Elliot Smales and Jonathan Ciavattella. Frederick Van Lierde started at 50 seconds.

Already on the bike the Belgian champion traced to the first position in the kilometer 26 of the sector next to the rest of the leading group.

In the passage through the middle of the segment Florian Angert was already clearly leading with 2: 37 of advantage over the group of Van Lierde, Kastelein, Smales, Rojas and Fraysse.

The German continued to increase differences to reach T2 with 7: 10 ahead of a three-way chaser with Van Lierde, Fraysse and Kastelein. The fifth place was Christian Klamer to 11: 51. 12º was Guillen Rojas and 26º Miquel Blanchart more than 20 minutes away.

From the first moment of the race on foot, Frederick Van Lierde went out with a strong pace to cut time in order to get the victory, at km 6 he had already cut it 1 minute to Angert.

Although it is this first part, Angert gave up some time after he knew how to maintain his and even in the final part increase his advantage, in the passage through 32 of career he continued as leader with 7: 15 of advantage over Van Lierde and 8: 36 on Kastelein .

Finally, the victory has been for Florian Angert in a time of 7: 45: 05 followed by Frederick Van Lierde (7:53:25) and Nicholas Kastelein third.

Pro Male Final Top 10:

1 Florian Angert GER 7h45m05s
2 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 7h53m25s
3 Nicholas Kastelein AUS 7h57m32s
4 Elliot Smales GBR 8h01m22s
5 Miquel Blanchart Red ESP 8h02m43s
6 Sebastien Fraysse FRA 8h05m16s
7 Sam Laidlow FRA 8h05m40s
8 Robert Wilkoweicki POL 8h06m45s
9 Stenn Goetstouwers BEL 8h07m53s
10 Sebastian Najmowicz POL 8h20m54s

Miquel Blanchart fifth with the best time in the marathon

Miquel Blanchart, with a great race on foot, he was advancing positions to pass in seventh position by the kilometer 32 of race, to 3 minutes of the fifth position.

Finally, he finished in fifth position with a marathon in 2: 42: 38, the best time in the segment

Sara Svensk sweeps the women's race

The first woman out of the water was Ewa Bugdol with 15 seconds ahead of Katrien Verstuyft, Candice Mizon and Zeljka Milicic

In the first kilometers of the cycling sector, the Swedish Sara Svensk, who started with a 1:16 disadvantage in swimming, took the lead, leading by 50 seconds to the group of Bugdol, Verstuyft and Milicic.

Passing the middle of the segment, a leading duo with Svensk and Dimitry-Lee Duke was formed almost 4 minutes ahead of the chasing group with Verstuyft, Milicic and Zalinka.

In the T2 Svensk was the first to get off the bike followed by Verstuyft and Lee Duke to 3: 48 minutes.

Little by little Sara Svensk continued to increase her advantage to go through the half marathon with more than 10: 30 minutes ahead of Laura Zimmermann and 12 over Verstuyft.

Finally, Sara Svensk got the victory in the test with a time of 8: 34: 10 followed by Laura Zimmermann (8: 49: 12) and by Dimity-Lee Duke Katrien Verstuyft  both with 8: 58: 10 in a tight sprint.

Merce Tusell finishes in sixth final position

The trialteta Merce Tusell has achieved a great sixth position with a time of 9:06:31

Pro Women Final Top 5:

1 Sara Svensk SWE 8h34m10s
2 Laura Zimmerman GER 8h49m12s
3= Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 8h58m10s
3= Katrien Verstuyft BEL 8h58m10s
5 Gabriella Zalinka HUN 9h02m50s

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