In the fifth year for Ironman 70.3 Austria St. Pölten’s, Filip Ospaly defended his title Sunday with a 3:55:27, passing second-place finisher Michael Weiss (3:56:01) with 2K to go in the run. Britain’s Paul Amey rounded out the podium in 3:57:41. Karin Thürig finished in 4:20:34, nearly four minutes ahead of second-place Erika Csomor of Hungary (4:24:19). Defending champion Yvonne Van Vlerken came in at 4:26:56 to take third place.
St. Pölten’s unique swim course covers two lakes during the 1.2 miles, with a 200m run separating the second portion from the first. Ospaly was the first out of the water (24:16), but was caught by Weiss on the bike. Ospaly got to T2 about four minutes behind Weiss—who got ahead with a 2:05:17 bike split—but chased him down on the run to take first.
Last year in the women’s race, Van Vlerken and Csomor sprinted to the finish for first and second places (respectively), but this year the two couldn’t make up enough time to pass Switzerland’s Thürig, who raced to a 2:18:01 bike split, the fastest for the female pros.
The prize money was double for the pros this year—from $25,000 to $50,000—and there were 50 qualifying spots for Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1. Filip Ospaly (CZE) 3:55:27
2. Michael Weiss (AUT) 3:56:01
3. Paul Amey (GBR) 3:57:41
4. Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 3:59:11
5. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 3:59:36
6. Michael Göhner (GER) 4:01:07
7. Uwe Widmann (GER) 4:01:26
8. Swen Sundberg (GER) 4:02:11
9. Dorian Wagner (GER) 4:05:37
10. Dejan Patrcevic (CRO) 4:06:00
1. Karin Thürig (SUI) 4:20:34
2. Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:24:19
3. Yvonne Van-Vlerken (NED) 4:26:56
4. Eva Wutti (AUT) 4:31:51
5. Simone Benz (SUI) 4:33:16
6. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 4:34:13
7. Kristen Möller (GER) 4:38:01
8. Heleen Bij-De-Vaate (NED) 4:42:57
9. Monika Stadlmann (AUT) 4:50:37
10. Jana Candrova (AUT) 4:53:40