Laura Zimmermann takes her first IRONMAN title in Hamburg

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Wet weather conditions could not spoil the excellent mood at the fourth Supersapiens IRONMAN Hamburg. The German Laura Zimmermann prevailed with a well-timed attack and won her first IRONMAN title in her second professional IRONMAN race.

The early morning started with a light drizzle and an air temperature of 14 degrees Celsius, but offered good swimming conditions. Unsurprisingly, the American Lauren Brandon dominated the swim and was the first to leave the water in 00:47:46, breaking the course record by over seven minutes. She was followed by the debutante Anna-Lena Best-Pohl (GER) in 00:52:06 and a group consisting of Carolin Lehrieder (GER), the Australian Renee Kiley and Svenja Thoes (GER). Laura Zimmermann (GER) followed in 00:59:00.

Winner Laura Zimmermann (Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Brandon was able to make good use of her lead of almost four and a half minutes, but Best-Pohl also showed an extremely strong performance in the first third of the bike course. Unfortunately, the young German suffered a puncture that cost her second place and more than 10 minutes. Best-Pohl’s misfortune cleared the way for the chasing group with Lehrieder, Kiley and Thoes, while Zimmerman also stayed within striking distance. Kiley stayed in second place until after the 120 km mark before Lehrieder overtook her. Brandon was able to maintain a comfortable lead and achieved T2 first with a time of 04:44:42, followed by Lehrieder in 04:40:10. Kiley finished third on T2, followed by Zimmerman, who set a strong time of 4:42:06 on the bike.

Brandon hit the running track with a lead of four minutes, followed by Lehrieder, who caught up after 10 km. Brandon dropped one more place while Kiley moved up to second after ten miles. In the meantime, Laura Zimmerman narrowed the gap to the leaders and was third at kilometer 25. At this point, the running for the lead training song was noticeably more arduous, before problems with food necessitated a stop that allowed Kiley, Zimmermann, and Brandon to overtake them. Zimmermann then quickly passed Kiley and took the lead. The German maintained her strong form and took her first career victory in a time of 08:54:31. Kiley finished second with a time of 8:56:48. Brandon completed the podium with a time of 09:00:50.

My way to the Supersapiens IRONMAN Hamburg was very rocky. Actually, the plan was for me to start in Finland, which was my main goal this year. When I got sick during the race week, I tried everything to get fit, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. It quickly became clear to me that it would then be Hamburg. I was really looking forward to the race today and was totally motivated. Victory was my goal from the start and I had already imagined how to hold the target banner in the air. It was an incredible feeling when this idea came true. “

The winners podium of the Supersapiens IRONMAN Hamburg 2021 (Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Despite relinquishing the lead, Renee Kiley was pleased with her performance. “I had known for a few months that I had this performance within me. I am happy that I put in a good race. I was not surprised by my run because I did it in practice. Before today my running PB was 3:22, today it was 3:12, my legs felt good, and I just felt good swimming and biking and hoping that running would be the same. I knew that she [Laura Zimmermann] would catch up with me, but she was probably a little faster than expected. “

Lauren Brandon was also happy about a strong race after her difficulties this season: “After a few disappointing competitions this year, I was just happy to show a strong race. It’s been a tough year and driving a race that I did successfully means a lot to me, “she said.

Lars Wichert (34) from Hamburg was the first in his age group to cross the finish line and was also the first in the overall standings, with a time of 8:12:43. Incredibly, the Supersapiens IRONMAN Hamburg was his first ever triathlon. Tanja Spielberger (GER) was the most successful female athlete in the 30-34 age group with a time of 09:48:01.

We are very happy that we were able to bring triathlon back to Hamburg and despite the weather we couldn’t have wished for a better day. That was a great joint effort by our team, our partners, the Hamburg authorities and of course our great supporters “, said Konrad Straube, Supersapiens IRONMAN Hamburg Race Director.” For us there is nothing better than seeing the athletes cross the finish line. With the recent contract extension with the City of Hamburg, we are really looking forward to the next four years. We are proud that we can pave the way for the return of sporting events in Hamburg, “he added.

Everything went really well and the initial feedback I received indicated that the organization was very good. I have already promised the athletes that in the coming year – unlike today – we will have perfect weather conditions, ”promises Hamburg State Councilor Christoph Holstein with a wink.

For more information and the full preliminary results, please visit www.ironman.com/im-hamburg.

Preliminary results of the top 5 women

  1. Laura Zimmermann (GER) 08:54:31
  2. Renee Kiley (AUS) 08:56:48 (+02:16)
  3. Lauren Brandon (USA) 09:00:50 (+06:19)
  4. Leonie Konczalla (GER) 09:04:14 (+09:43)
  5. Carolin Lehrieder (GER) 09:12:19 (+17:48)

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A/ABib numberAG ΕπίθετοΌνομαTotal TimeOverall RankingAG rankingSwimT1BikeT2Run
The swimming course in the Alster in the heart of Hamburg (Getty Images for IRONMAN)

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