News 10/07/2019

Victory for Florian Angert at Ironman Barcelona

Florian Angert takes gold on his long-distance debut with a time of 7:45:05 and qualifies for Ha-waii 2020.

The athlete from Weinheim in Germany won his first-ever Ironman race at Ironman Barcelona. With swimming his strongest discipline, Florian kicked off the race in impressive style as the second of a large leading group to leave the water. He then took the lead on the bike leg and consistently built out his advantage over the chasing pack to more than seven minutes ahead of Belgian Frederik van Lierde and Australian Nicholas Kastelein as the athletes headed out onto the marathon course. Kastelein then moved up to second and tried to close the gap to Angert. But 27-year-old Florian's blistering pace was too fast for his rivals, and after 7 hours and 45 minutes he crossed the line with a lead of 8:20 over Frederik van Lierde to take his first ever Ironman gold. Nicholas Kastelein secured the last step of the podium, trailing by 12:27.
As the fastest long-distance debut and the fastest Ironman in 2019, Florian Angert also qualified for the 2020 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Florian Angert says: "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would come away with this re-sult! My main goal was actually just to put in a consistent performance in my first ever long-distance race, which seems pretty modest, looking back. You never really know what to expect the first time around, but my training data looked good and I knew I could do well. Opening up a gap at around the 50k mark of the bike leg turned out to be a decisive move, which I then ex-tended and was able to consolidate during the marathon. All in all, it was the perfect race!"