Temperatures soared to 98 Fahrenheit ( 37 centigrade) today, Sunday 5th July, at the Frankfurt Ironman European Championships but it did not stop Germany’s Jan Frodeno from producing one of the most impressive Ironman performances to destroy a strong field and the course record to finish in 7 hrs 49 mins 48secs. His winning time was almost 11 minutes ahead of the 2014 Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle, also of Germany, and included the 2nd fastest bike time in Ironman history ( 4 hrs 8 mins 43 secs bettered only once on a flat course in Florida with a tail wind) . He also produced the fastest swim ( 46 min 02 secs) and fastest run (2 hrs 50 mins 49 secs) for the 42.2 km ( full marathon).
Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield, needing a top 5 finish to guarantee a place at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October, had a solid 3.8km swim to finish in 48.13 and then a strong 180km bike of 4:18:08 to enter T2 in 6th place with 4th to 5th in transition with him. The heat took its toll on the run however as he went through some bad patches including what appeared to be stomach cramps. Tyler finished a very creditable 7th in 8 hrs 26 mins 25 secs but will be disappointed to have missed out on that top 5 finish.
RESULTS – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TOP LINE COLUMN DESCRIPTIONS (NAME, COUNTRY, DIV RANK ETC) HAVE SLIPPED OVER ONE SPOT AND I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CORRECT !!
|Name||Country||Div Rank||Overall Rank||Swim||Bike||Run||Finish|
|Van Lierde, Frederik||BEL||5||5||00:48:11||04:17:42||02:57:30||08:07:09|