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Video: Pedersen qualifies for Ironman World Championships after debut win

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News 09 Jul 2013, 11:49 IST
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Eneko Llanos of Spain and Dane Camilla Pedersen were the respective winners of the men’s and women’s races at the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday.

More than 2,500 triathletes from 51 nations lined up on the outskirts of Frankfurt in Germany on Sunday morning to compete in the Ironman European Championships.

The 3.82-kilometre swim looked chaotic but a small group, led by Britain’s Harry Wiltshire, broke away from the crowd and emerged first from the water.

Marino Vanhoenacker was the strongest man in the saddle, finishing the 180.25-kilometre bike ride almost four minutes ahead of Eneko Llanos, and started the closing marathon ahead of his rivals.

Jodie Swallow led the women but Camilla Pedersen kept pace on her Ironman debut.

Llanos closed the gap during the run and claimed victory in the men’s race, crossing the line two seconds short of eight hours.

Pedersen made it a full distance debut to remember as she reeled in Swallow to win the women’s race in eight hours, 56 minutes.

The victory secured her place at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, which will be staged in October.

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