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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 take the victory

Today, a new edition of the 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 Swedish women's category Sara Svensk, the ITU Long Distance World 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 meters of swimming where the first to emerge from 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 was 50 seconds away.

Already on the bike the Belgian champion climbed to the first position at kilometer 26 of the sector along with the rest of the leading group.

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

The German kept increasing the gap to reach T2 with a 7:10 advantage over a chasing trio with Van Lierde, Fraysse and Kastelein. Fifth place was Christian Klamer at 11:51. 12th was Guillen Rojas and 26th Miquel Blanchart over 20 minutes.

From the first moment of the foot race, Frederick Van Lierde left with a strong pace to cut time with the aim of achieving victory, at km 6 he had already cut 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 32nd race he continued as leader with a 7:15 advantage over Van Lierde and 8:36 over 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 8h10m54s

Miquel Blanchart fifth with the best time in the marathon

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

Finally, he finished fifth with a marathon at 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 the group of Bugdol, Verstuyft and Milicic in 50 seconds.

After passing through the middle of the segment, a duo with Svensk and Dimitry-Lee Duke formed with almost 4 minutes of advantage over 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 lead to pass the half marathon with more than 10:30 minutes of advantage over Laura Zimmermann and 12 over Verstuyft.

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

Merce Tusell finishes in sixth final position

Trialte 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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