Ironman St. Polten 2013 Results: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

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Ironman St. Polten 2013 Results: Men's and Women's Top Finishers
Photo credit: Ironman.com

The seventh annual IRONMAN 70.3 at St. Pölten drew some of the finest competitors in the triathlon world, but this year the participants weren’t tested in their ability to swim. 

Unfortunately, for safety reasons, the swimming portion of the event was cancelled. Race director Juergen Glass cited a combination of low water and air temperature as the official reasons.

Despite winds of up to 50 km/h and 12 degree Celsius temperatures, the race went on. There was also thunderstorm on the horizon, but fortunately it never developed or impacted the competition in any way.

A total of 2,400 registered participants biked across the beautiful Austrian countryside and ran across the finish line in the midst of the city.

Thirty of the top finishers landed a spot in the IRONMAN World Championship 70.3 in Lake LasVegas, Henderson, Nev., which takes place in September. 

Let's take a look at how the top males and females finished in this event.

*Full results can be found here, all photo credit to Ironman.com.

 

Top Men's Finishers

Name

Country

Bike

Run

Finish

Div. Rank

Overall Rank

Aernouts, Bart

BEL

02:11:13

01:09:18

03:22:35

1

1

cherer, Andi

DEU

02:10:57

01:11:24

03:24:45

2

2

Llanos, Eneko

ESP

02:12:49

01:11:41

03:26:44

3

3

Wagner, Dorian

DEU

02:16:30

01:13:29

03:32:14

4

4

Wild, Ruedi

CHE

02:20:36

01:10:22

03:33:38

5

5

SluckisRinalds

LVA

02:18:41

01:13:47

03:34:48

6

6

StutzReto

CHE

02:13:03

01:18:25

03:35:30

7

7

Guhr, Sebastian

DEU

02:18:00

01:15:57

03:36:27

1

8

Knossalla, Matthias

DEU

02:17:42

01:16:16

03:36:40

1

9

Colpaert, Bart

BEL

02:23:31

01:12:44

03:38:30

8

10

 

Top Women's Finishers

Name

Country

Bike

Run

Finish

Div. Rank

Overall Rank

tthaler, Lisa

AUT

02:26:32

01:21:00

03:49:55

1

43

Nyström, Eva

SWE

02:29:21

01:19:35

03:51:30

2

55

Van Vlerken, Yvonne

NLD

02:26:37

01:22:39

03:51:35

3

56

Tajsich, Sonja

DEU

02:30:47

01:22:54

03:56:27

4

84

Gajer, Julia

DEU

02:34:53

01:19:31

03:57:00

5

87

Gossage, Lucy

GBR

02:32:51

01:22:26

03:57:40

6

91

BeranekAnja

DEU

02:28:54

01:26:19

03:57:46

7

93

Lawrence, Holly

GBR

02:33:21

01:26:00

04:01:40

8

123

Ryf, Daniela

CHE

02:37:21

01:22:31

04:02:50

9

134

De Groote, Sophie

BEL

02:35:45

01:25:10

04:03:49

10

142

 

Most Impressive Performance: Bart Aernouts

After finishing in second-place at the IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca event in Spain a few weeks ago, Aernouts rebounded in a big way and came out to win this.

He trailed for much of the early stages of the competition, but the defending European Duathlon champ and five-time IRONMAN winner kept at it.

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After Eneko Llanos—the winner at Mallorca and one of the favorites to capture the title here—dropped back at the end of the bicycle race, a fantastic footrace between Aernouts and Andi Bocherer took place.

It seems that Aernouts wanted it more, as the Belarusian took a commanding lead and continued to widen the gap between himself and his German counterpart.

His efforts paid off in the end, as the superstar made his way to the podium and earned a gold medal.

 

Most Disappointing Performance: Filip Ospaly

Ospaly won this event in 2012, but he couldn’t even place inside the top-10 this year.

The Czech triathlete was extremely competitive in the running portion of the race (boasting a 01:09:54 time that is right up there with the Aernouts’ 01:09:18), but he struggled immensely on the bike.

His 2:26:49 time was nowhere close to Aernouts’ 2:11:13, which eventually sent Ospaly tumbling down all the way to No. 11 on the final leaderboard.

Perhaps it was rust, as the 37-year-old did not compete in Mallorca this season. Regardless, the professional proved that he knows what it takes to win this event last year, so his failure to make the podium or even top-10 is extremely disappointing compared to what he’s capable of.

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