Tim Don and Eimear Mullan win Ironman Mallorca
“The race exploded at the climb,” says 220 contributor Tim Don of his full Ironman debut
Three weeks after finishing third at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont Tremblant, British athlete (and 220 Triathlon columnist) Tim Don took gold at the first ever Ironman Mallorca last weekend, while Ireland’s Eimear Mullan won the women’s race.
Despite it being his first full Ironman, Don was one of the clear favourites to win. It was Manuel Kueng (SUI) who led the the race for the first six and a half hours however. Don was in second place after the swim, and found himself in a tactical battle when Kueng’s pursuers hit the long uphill section 120km into the bike. "It was like riding the Tour de France, everyone was attacking everywhere,” said Don afterwards.
Kueng came off the bike with a 3:26mins advantage, but after 13km Don took over the lead and never looked back, finishing his first Ironman race in 8:34:02. Behind him, Miguel Angel Fidalgo (ESP) ran a great marathon to finish second in his own debut at the distance, while Switzerland’s Mike Aigroz collected bronze.
In the women’s race, Norway’s Mette Pettersen Moe led out of the water before being quickly overtaken on the bike by Dede Griesbauer (USA), who arrived into T2 just 31secs ahead of Nina Kuhn (GER) and around a minute ahead of Pettersen Moe.
Unfortunately, Kuhn dropped out minutes later, and Pettersen Moe duked it out for the lead with Griesbauer, while Eimear Mullan started moving up the field. By the half marathon mark Mullan was just a minute off the leaders, and by 30km she overtook Griesbauer and never looked back, crossing the line in 9:24:17.
Men’s top 5
Tim Don (GBR): 8:34:02
Miguel Angel Fidalgo (ESP): 8:38:08
Mike Aigroz (SUI): 8:40:29
Miquel Blanchart Tinto (ESP): 8:41:20
Carlos Lopez Diaz (ESP): 8:45:09
Women’s top 5
Eimear Mullan (IRL): 9:24:17
Dede Griesbauer (USA): 9:27:09
Astrid Ganzow (GER): 9:31:10
Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR): 9:38:58
Kamila Polak (AUT): 9:44:33
For full results head here.
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