LANGKAWI, Nov 11 — The 2017 Ironman Langkawi top seed in the women’s professional category, Diana Riesler lived up to her top billing when she claimed her fourth title.
Riesler, 33, of Germany said she was happy to be able to defend the championship in nine hours 19 minutes and took home a cash prize of US$5,000 (about RM20,932) .
“I am elated to defend the title for the fourth time. Everything went smoothly and I did not sustain any injuries during the entire race this time. The wet weather was actually helpful to speed up in the last kilometre,” she said after the event.
In the second place was another German athlete, Mareen Hufe who clocked nine hours 27 minutes 22 seconds and won a cash prize of US$2,750 (RM11,512) while Manon Genet of France took the third prize of US$1,750 (RM7,326) in nine hours 36 minutes and 13 seconds.
In the men’s professional category, second seed Romain Guillaume, 33, of France beat 2016 Ironman champion Fredrik Croneborg in eight hours 32 minutes and 53 seconds.
Guillaume said he had trained seriously after the poor results in the 2015 edition in which he was placed 20th compared to third in 2010.
“No one knows my feelings when I failed to record a good time in my earlier attempts, I shed tears of joy when I was the first to cross the finishing line,” he said.
Jens Peterson-Bach of Denmark took the second place in eight hours 36 minutes 43 seconds while Roman Deisenhofer of Germany won the third position in eight hours 40 minutes and 44 seconds.
Meanwhile, Croneberg who completed the race in nine hours 32 minutes and 16 seconds failed to crack his old record of eight hours 29 minutes and 12 seconds.
Ironman Langkawi, which involved three disciplines, 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km run, offered an overall prize of US$25,000 (RM105,420) and the top 50 participants of the race today will be eligible for the World Ironman championships in Kona, Hawaii next year.
1. Romain Guillaume (France) 8:32:53
2. Jens Petersen-Bach (Denmark) 8:36:43
3. Roman Deisenhofer (Germany) 8:40:44
1. Diana Riesler (Germany) 9:19:00
2. Mareen Hufe (Germany) 9:27:22
3. Manon Genêt (France) 9:36:13 — Bernama