Kelly Fillnow (Charlotte, N.C.) earned a top-five finish in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN Austria-Kärnten on Sunday. Fillnow covered the 2.4m swim, 112m bike and 26.2m run in 9:49:15. Austria’s Eva Wutti was the overall women’s champion in 9:06:25, followed by Corinne Abraham of Great Britain (9:08:03) and Michelle Vesterby of Denmark (9:16:44) in second and third. In the men’s pro race, Nicholas Chase was the top American in 17th (9:10:56). Jan Frodeno of Germany took the win in 7:57:20, followed by Eneko Llanos of Spain (8:12:43) and Viktor Zyemtsev of Ukraine (8:17:05) in second and third.
A day spent consuming 15 gels, 2 packs of fruit drops, 3 sport waffles, 3 pieces of 🍉, 6 bottles of Iso, 1 Coke, 1 Red Bull, and lots of 💦 can only mean one thing: Ironman day! The day began with a 3.8k 🏊🏼♀️ in the pristine Lake Worthersee, then 🚵🏼♀️ 180k while climbing 5900 stunning feet, and finished off with 42.2k of 🏃🏽♀️through packed streets to finish 5th at #ironmanaustria. Can't say enough about the awesome volunteers & @paul.kaye 's great enthusiasm throughout the day. 🙌🏻 Ironman is never easy but each smile, cheer, and word of encouragement gets us one step closer to that finish line. So thankful to see that finish line and just as thankful to see that starting line in large part due to @mountainendurance @nexnbax @doug_bradberry @greenapplesports & Nathan @us_performance_center :). Now it's time to rest up before my next Ironman in September! Thanks for the 🍻's.
For complete results from IRONMAN Austria-Kärnten, visit IRONMAN.com.
IRONMAN 70.3 EdinburghTwo-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) placed third in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh on Sunday, covering the 950-meter (shortened) swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:31:52. Wahr shared the podium with British triathletes Emma Pallant, who won in 4:23:17, and Lucy Gossage, who took second in 4:26:32. IRONMAN.com.
Altafulla ETU Triathlon European Cup
Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) came away with the overall win at the Altafulla ETU Triathlon European Cup in Spain on Sunday. Cook, the only American in the race, covered the sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 2.5-kilometer run course in 1:03:50. She earned her victory in dominant fashion, finishing more than a minute ahead of runner-up Ines Santiago of Spain (1:05:12) and third-place finisher Ilaria Zane of Italy (1:05:18). In the men’s pro race, Walter Schafer and Alec Wilimovsky finished 26th (59:27) and 29th (59:45), respectively. It was a Spanish podium sweep for the men, with Uxio Abuin Ares (57:43), Antonio Benito (57:45) and Jordi Garcia Gracia (57:51) taking the top three spots.
Happy to take the win yesterday at the Altafulla European Cup. Altafulla was an easy two hour drive from where I've been training in Banyoles, and provided a good challenge headed into the second half of my season. I don't remember the last time I didn't get on a plane and change time zones for a race so this was an excellent treat! The biggest treat of all was having Ian at the race to help with logistics and cheer on the hardest part of the climb ☺️ In the race, I broke away in the water with @vittorialopes and we worked hard together to keep the gap on the hilly bike course. Yesterday was a really good opportunity for me to work to continue to improve my bike in a race setting and I feel like I took advantage of the opportunity. Congrats to @inesantiagoo and @ilariazane for rounding out the podium. My next race is #wtshamburg in a little under two weeks!
For complete results from the Altafulla ETU Triathlon European Cup, visit triathlon.org.
Elite off-road triathlete Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) represented the U.S. at XTERRA France at the Lac du Longemer in Xonrupt on Monday. Middaugh placed fifth overall in the men’s pro field, covering the 1500m swim, 40k mountain bike and 10k trail run in 3 hours, 34 minutes, 23 seconds. Middaugh was less than 10 minutes back from overall winner Ruben Rufaza of Spain (3:27:52). Yerat Luxem of Belgium placed second in 3:30:12, and France’s Arther Forissier completed the podium in 3:31:10.
For complete results from XTERRA France, visit xterra-france.com.
July 4th Celebrations
Top triathletes from across the country celebrated Independence Day on Tuesday, taking to social media to express their patriotism and American pride.