Monday, August 16, 2010

Yvonne Van Vlerken wins Ironman 70.3 Germany and European Championships

Skinfit athlete Yvonne Van Vlerken became the first European Champion over the 70.3 distance in Wiesbaden (Germany). As usual, Yvonne was chasing after some athletes after the swim. Rachel Joyce was first out of the water and Nicole Hofer dominated on the bike. The Swiss athlete came off the bike about 5 minutes ahead of Desiree Ficker (USA) and Van Vlerken. The two athletes made up some ground on the leading women. After 17km of the run course, Ficker and Van Vlerken caught Nicole Hofer. Ficker is known for her running prowess; hence, the last kilometers guaranteed an interesting battle between Van Vlerken and Ficker. The dutch skinfit athlete proved to have more reserves and came out on top with a new course record of 4:41:52, 23 seconds ahead of Ficker.

On the men's side, local favortie and reigning World Champion Michael Raelert won with a time of 4:03:47.

Skinfit congratulates all its athletes and especially Yvonne for her European Championship title and an outstanding race.