Germany’s Laura Philipp just delivered an amazing performance, as she outran the nearly unbeatable Daniela Ryf and won Ironman 70.3 Dubai in a new Ironman 70.3 world record time. Philipp needed 3:53:03 hours to make it to the finish line in first place. Ryf crossed the line 3:52 minute later to take silver. Britain’s Lottie Lucas, who represented the United Arab Emirates, took third (+14:00).
After the swim, it was Lucas who exited the water in first place. However, Philipp and Ryf followed right in her slipstream. During the bike part, Philipp and Ryf took the lead. Lucas, on the other hand, soon vanished out of their sight. After 45 kilometers, the two enjoyed an advantage of 3:37 minute to Lucas. Bleymehl at that point found herself in fourth place at a five-minute deficit.
Until the second transition, Philipp and Ryf remained side by side, but once the bike was replaced for running shoes, Philipp soon took off. In only four kilometers, Philipp created a gap of 1:36 minute to Ryf.
Philipp ended up running a strong 1:19:31 hour half-marathon, which was good enough for a big win. Ryf clocked a time of 1:23:12 hour on that final discipline and took second.