Daniela Ryf, winner of the Dubai girls’s title in 2016 and 2017, made a triumphant return to competitors on Friday with a blistering run on the streets of Jumeirah to pip 2020 champion Imogen Simmonds for the IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai girls’s title.
Denmark’s Daniel Bakkegard took the boys’s crown within the season-opening IRONMAN 70.3 race, which is organized below the aegis of Dubai Sports activities Council, with a time of three hours, 33 minutes and a pair of seconds to interrupt the earlier IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai file of Jan Frodeno (03:34:48 set in 2016). Portugal’s Filipe Azevedo completed second, whereas Sweden’s Rasmus Svenningsson, the 2018 IRONMAN 25-29 Age Group World Champion, got here in third.
Winner of 5 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and 4 IRONMAN World Championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Ryf was competing for the primary time on Friday for the reason that Kona Ironman in October 2019.
Coming to Dubai, the 33-year-old was undecided about her type as she revealed she was compelled to swim in her bathtub by way of the early days of final yr’s COVID 19-forced lockdown. Swimming off the coast of Dubai, with the majestic Burj Al Arab forming the backdrop, Ryf had a sluggish begin as Simmonds topped the leaderboard with a time of 26 minutes and 31 seconds for the 1.9km (1.2mile) swim course, which began behind Jumeirah Seashore Resort and completed at Jumeirah Publich Seashore.
Ryf was 9 seconds slower than Simmonds within the swim and was trailing her Swiss compatriot by 55.96 seconds on the 67km mark of the 90 km (56 mile) cycle race. She did reduce most of that lead within the ultimate 23km of the biking race, ending the biking a second faster than Simmonds, however as she began her run, Ryf was nonetheless 11.15 seconds behind the defending champion.
4 kilometers into the run, although, and Ryf had already constructed a 7.57 second, and the hole stored rising as Ryf crossed the road in a time of three hours, 56 minutes and 54 seconds, which was 5 minutes and eight.41 seconds faster than Simmonds (04:02:02).
Sweden’s Sara Svensk completed third in 04:05:17, whereas Russia’s Elena Danilova (04:07:37) and Cecilia Perez of Mexico (04:08:27) introduced up the Prime 5.
“I’ve nice recollections right here in Dubai,” mentioned Ryf after profitable her third IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai crown. “I all the time get pleasure from being right here. The race is nice – it’s effectively organized and a very quick course. The environment of the run, particularly, is fairly cool. The individuals have been actually pushing me laborious. I used to be impressed what number of occasions I heard my identify. So I felt actually supported. I’m actually glad to be right here and to begin once more the season with a powerful race, that makes me actually joyful yeah.”
Within the males’s race, Bakkegard was high of the leaderboard after the swim however was in seventh place after T2, a minute and eight.58 seconds behind the chief. Nevertheless, the Dane, like Ryf, made up for misplaced time within the 21.1km (13.1 mile) run, transferring into the lead on the 17.2km mark and ending a minute and 1.35 seconds forward of Azevedo (03:34:03) with a time of three hours, 33 minutes and a pair of seconds, the quickest time but in IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai.
Swede Svenningsson completed a second behind in 03:34:04 to take third, whereas Andrea Salvisberg of Switzerland (03:34:05) and Frenchman Antony Costes (03:34:36) accomplished the Prime 5.
“It was a pleasant race the place the organisers had all the things below management,” mentioned Bakkegard, saluting the organisers for a job effectively accomplished. “Definitely, they confirmed they might put collectively a great race regardless that we now have this example with COVID-19 occurring. So yeah, I’ll undoubtedly come again.”
· The opening race of the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 season, IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai had attracted greater than 1,500 contributors with 76 of them – 60 males and 16 girls – being professionals.
· Greater than 790 of the contributors had flown in to Dubai from abroad, whereas 34 of the contributors – 30 males and 4 girls – have been Emiratis.
· Greater than 86 nationalities have been represented on the beginning line-up, with Russia (120), Kazakhstan (111) and United Kingdom (49) offering probably the most contributors.
· Almost 500 of the contributors have been participating in a triathlon for the primary time.
· The oldest participant within the race was 78-year-old Edwina Brocklesby of Britain, whereas the oldest male competitor was 71-year-old Francisco Carbera of Spain.
· The biggest group of contributors was from the 40-44 age group, whereas the typical age of contributors was 40.
MEN: 1-Daniel Bakkegard (Denmark) 03:33:02; 2-Filipe Azevedo (Portugal) 03:34:03; 3- Rasmus Svenningsson (Sweden) 03:34:04; 4-Andrea Salvisberg (Switzerland) 03:34:05; 5-Antony Costes (France) 03:34:36.
WOMEN: 1-Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) 03:56:54; 2-Imogen Simmonds (Switzerland) 04:02:02; 3-Sara Svensk (Sweden) 04:05:17; Elena Danilova (Russia) 04:07:37; 5-Cecilia Perez (Mexico) 04:08:27.