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Karin Thürig wins IRONMAN in Zurich!

25. July 2010

Thürig was a hair's breath from clocking under 9 hours at the Ironman in Zurich: With 09:00:04 the Olympic medalist in the time trial ensured her win over a 3.8-kilometer swim, 180-kilometer bike ride and 42-kilometer run. In doing so, Thürig beat her own course record from 2005 by over 10 minutes! After Thürig trailed by more than 10 minutes in the swimming leg, she began to pursue the top spot among the female athletes on the bike course with her usual fast pace. She quickly overtook the lead and had soon left her behind. With a bike leg time of 04:43:53, she improved even on the times of strong cyclists from the men's field. Thürig's outstanding marathon, which she ran in just over three hours, was proof of the near perfection with which she divided up her race. The woman in second place finished 24 minutes behind Thürig, who was able to win the title in Zurich that she strove for following two third-place finishes in the Ironman 70.3 in St. Pölten and in Rapperswil. The athlete from TG Hütten, Sarah Schütz, finished fifth and Erich Kunz (also from TG Hütten) missed out on a win in the age category M30-34 by a mere 24 seconds after he started the final marathon in the lead.