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2nd place at IRONMAN 70.3 Sweden

 

Today I achieved my first podium of the season at the IRONMAN 70.3 Sweden in Jönköping. A serious boost after the unnecessary misfortune I have experienced this season.

 

From the start of the swim it went very hard, I came out of the water as 3rd with a leading group of six athletes. This in pursuit of one leader who had taken 40 seconds ahead. My bike part went well but wasn't super, I felt that a step forward has to be taken in the next months. Yet I could start the half marathon, in company of two other athletes, as third. 2'50" behind the later winner Dreitz and 1'00" on Cunnama.

 

In the first section of the run I quickly left my two companions behind and looked for the 2nd place. In the last 2 km I could overtake Cunnama and end up with a half marathon time of 1h14, which makes me really happy. 

 

Moreover, a very nice race here in Sweden, on a beautiful course and with a great atmosphere.

 

Frederik Van Lierde