The 2010 Ironman 70.3 in St. Polten, Austria was a display of all European triathletes’ capacity to smash the men’s and women’s course records. Filip Ospaly, a Czech, overwhelmed the depending champion Chris McCormack of Australia by finishing at 3:46:02, setting a new course record only a minute ahead of Mecca.
Chris McCormack commented later after the race, “Great race in Austria. These ITU boys are fast on the run. I had an awesome run, 69 minutes, felt strong, but he kicked past me to win.”
The Dutch triathletes, Yvonne Van Vlerken finished the race in 4:18:56 over Hungarian Erika Csomor, setting a new course record on the women’s field.
The two triathletes smashed into the finish line with only 0.2 seconds separating the runner up from the victor. Indeed, it was a classic photo finished.
Ironman 70.3 Austria
St. Pölten, Austria
Top 5 professional men
1. Filip Ospaly (CZE) 3:46:01
2. Chris McCormack (AUS) 3:47:00
3. Andreas Raelert (GER) 3:47:28
4. Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 3:49:18
5. Dirk Bockel (LUX) 3:51:29
Top 5 professional women
1. Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:18:56.0
2. Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:18:56.2
3. Karin Thürig (SWI) 4:21:34
4. Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 4:23:13
5. Kristin Möller (GER) 4:27:07