Ironman World Championship: Historic result for Haug and Philipp

At the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, Anne Haug and Laura Philipp landed on the podium, ensuring a historic German result. The victory went to the “eternal second”.

Radiantly happy: Anne Haug, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Laura Philipp (from left).

Radiantly happy: Anne Haug, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Laura Philipp (from left).

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Haug came second in the triathlon Mecca and thus completed her set of medals at the Long Distance World Championships. In her fifth participation, Haug was three minutes short of her second triumph on the Big Island. The Bayreuth native won in 2019, but otherwise celebrated three third places. The victory went to 30-year-old Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, who, after four World Championship silver medals, put an end to her reputation as the “eternal second” – with her time of 8:24:31 hours, she also beat the previous Hawaii record by almost two minutes.

In a dramatic final phase, Philipp came third after 3.86 kilometers of swimming, 180.2 kilometers of cycling and 42.195 kilometers of running, ensuring that for the first time in the history of this prestigious competition two German women reached the podium. For the 36-year-old, it is the first medal in Kailua-Kona after two previous fourth places.

Go strong on the bike, Philipp on the run

The two top German athletes did very well in swimming considering their standards; only Charles-Barclay was able to pull away from the favorites in her flagship discipline. On the bike course, Philipp showed off her strengths in well over 30 degrees and over 70 percent humidity and entered the final section in third place, almost eleven minutes behind Charles-Barclay, with Haug following a minute and a half behind in seventh place

When it came to running, however, it was Haug who came out trumps and left the competition in her favorite discipline – including her compatriot Philipp, who pushed past Taylor Knibb (USA), who was already suffering from cramps, three kilometers from the finish and thus took bronze .

It’s a mega German result.

“It’s a mega German result,” said a happy Haug in HR, who missed out on being crowned the oldest world champion of all time at the age of 40, but she was able to get over that with a clear conscience: “I’m very tired, but overjoyed. It was all I could get out of it. That’s why I’m super happy.”

Philipp was also happy, admitting that it was “very emotional” for her and that she had to “fight a lot”. In the end she was rewarded with a medal. “It’s just really great and rewards me for all the work. I’m proud.”

For the first time only women competed in Hawaii. In addition to around 50 professionals, over 2,000 amateur athletes also took part. The men crowned their world champions in Nice at the beginning of September, when Patrick Lange only had to give way to the Frenchman Sam Laidlow.

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