Daniela Bleymehl finishes 9th at Ironman World Championship Hawaii 2019
Daniela Bleymehl finishes 9th at Ironman World Championhip 2019
The 31-year-old played her cards on the bike and hold on to top 10 in the marathon
Daniela Bleymehl reached her goal at the Ironman World Championship Hawaii 2019 and crossed the finish line in 9th position. The 31-year-old exited the water in the second chase group (20th, 59:06). "I had hoped to have a smaller deficit after the swim, but I was happy to find my bike legs right from the beginning and to quickly make up time to the leaders."
In the first stages of the bike leg the athlete from Team Erdinger Alkoholfrei set a high pace and moved her way through the field. Alongside teammate Laura Philipp who caught up at the 30-kilometer-mark, the duo made up time and eventually caught up to the chase group including the likes of Anne Haug and Sarah Crowley. With a strong bike performance with the 2nd fastest time of the day (4:45:08, only Laura Philipp rode 3s faster) she entered T2 in 2nd position. "I felt great on the bike today, gave it everything I had and risked a lot. Maybe that was one of the reasons, why I struggled on the run. But all in all I am very happy with the day and that I made peace with the race and the island after my bad experience in 2016."
In the end the German stepped on the red carpet after a hard fought marathon (3:19:32) in 9th position (9:08:30). "I did not find my running legs today and the marathon was among the hardest experiences I ever had. I fought as hard as I could and was happy to secure a top 10 spot in the end. This race is very special and it feels good not only to be able to participate, but to have achieved my goal."
Photo Credit: Isaak Papadopoulos