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Spain and Denmark Take Top Slots at Iron Man

Monday May 21, 2012

Spain and Denmark Take Top Slots at Iron Man

The Spanish triathlete Victor del Corral and Denmark’s Michelle Vesterby took the top honours in the male and female divisions of the 21st Lanzarote Iron Man on Saturday. Clocking in with winning times of 8 hours, 44 minutes and 39 seconds and 9 hours, 58 minutes and 6 seconds respectively.

After a week of intense calima driven heat on Lanzarote the 1800 plus contestants in this year’s Iron Man Lanzarote event got a real break, as weather conditions cooled right back down to their more seasonal norm before the event got underway at 07.00 on Saturday morning.

As a result, British entrants initially seemed thrive in the cooler conditions, with Daniel Halksworth leading the field at the end of the swimming stage. Before fellow Brit Philip Graves (a UK Iron Man 2009 winner) took up the baton and powered into a ten minute lead over del Corral during the bike phase. However Graves faded away during the marathon, withdrawing at the half way mark whilst del Corral hunted him down – leaving the men’s field clear for a Spanish victory.

The women’s contest was equally engrossing, albeit more clear cut as Michelle Vesterby made good on her pre race predictions by leading from the front throughout. A performance made all the more remarkable by the fact that the Dane only completed her first ever Iron Man event as recently as November and breaking the challenge of Britain’s Brenda Bayliss, a previous two time winner of Iron Man Lanzarote, who finished in a highly commendable second place.

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