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Difficult conditions in Hawaii: Anne Haug misses out on the Ironman title and finishes third

Difficult conditions in Hawaii
Anne Haug misses out on the Ironman title and finishes third

Anne Haug cannot repeat her coup of Ironman 2019 and is third this year. Surprise winner is Chelsea Sodaro from the USA. She ran her first ever Ironman this year, and promptly won in Hawaii.

Anne Haug missed out on another title triumph at the Ironman World Championship, but managed to finish on the podium again. The 39-year-old professional triathlete from Bayreuth advanced to third place on Thursday (local time) after swimming 3.86 kilometers, cycling 180.2 kilometers and running 42.2 kilometers.

The first German Ironman world champion had to admit defeat at the finish line in Kailua-Kona, this time against sensational winner Chelsea Sodaro of the USA on her World Cup debut in Hawaii and Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay. Haug has already achieved third place at the 2021 World Championships in St. George and 2018 in Hawaii, which in May in St. George was made up, and she won in 2019.

Fourth was Laura Philipp from Heidelberg with a strong performance in difficult conditions with great heat and high humidity. Without a five-minute time penalty on the bike, the 35-year-old could have done better.

Sodaro with top mileage

For the winner Sodaro, this is the biggest success of her career. The 33-year-old became a mother a good year and a half ago and, after taking a baby break, took part in an Ironman for the first time in Hamburg in June. After finishing second in the Hanseatic City behind Philipp, Sodaro showed an impressive running performance in the final marathon on her Hawaii debut.

The professional men start this Saturday. Due to the large number of age group athletes due to the Hawaii failures in 2020 and 2021, the World Cup will be split into two races for the first time.

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