Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae ran herself into the history books in Roth to claim victory on her debut and almost break the course record for a marathon.
The Kona world champion showed she is a class act, again producing her trademark run leg reeling in all in front and storming to a ‘rookie’ Challenge Roth win.
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Carfrae posted the second fastest ever run split – 2:53:27.
She also posted the fourth fastest ever time (8.38.53) to beat the UK’s Rachel Joyce and Caroline Steffen (SUI).
“I’m speechless, you guys are such a great crowd. Thanks to all the people who come out to show their support,” said Carfrae.
“I’ve heard so much about the race hard not to get wound up in the emotion, the last 1km the crowds were amazing and felt myself getting emotional. I felt like I was going to cry,” said Carfrae.
At the end of the day over 5,500 people from 62 countries had swum, cycled and run their way to the finish line to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of what is the world’s greatest triathlon spectacle.
Germany’s Timo Bracht stormed home to take an historic victory in the men’s race.
The win delighted the record crowd gathered in Roth willing Bracht to a home victory with the father of two crossing the finish line in 7hrs 57min 44sec.
The 39-year-old is a veteran and produced a controlled and patient performance to over come Nils Frommhold at the 31km mark of the run, after Frommhold led the race for most of the day just falling short of a dream win.
For Bracht it was an emotional and satisfying win to finally stand on top of the podium after finishing second in 2012 and third last year.
“I dreamed ten years to win this race, the whole day has been very emotional the crowd were amazing when I felt down they brought me back,” said Bracht.
“It was a fantastic day you need that day to win big races and today I brought it all to the race course,” he said. “But dreaming along doesn’t work and the will to go was the key to success today,” said Bracht.