IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See: Wins for Funk and Bleymehl plus encouraging return for Astle


German duo Frederic Funk and Jan Stratmann both supported their IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship podiums by completing one-two at IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See in Austria on Sunday.

And in the ladies’s race their compatriot Daniela Bleymehl roared back to form with a very first triumph of the season while Britain’s Ruth Astle made a motivating return from injury in 5th location.

Pro Men– Funk powers clear on bike

Funk and Stratmann had actually chased after house fellow German Rico Bogen in Finland 7 days previously however they didn’t appear to be too affected by those efforts.

It was on the bike where safeguarding champ Funk successfully settled it simply as he had 12 months formerly, his time of 2: 04: 27 being 4 minutes and upwards much better than the rest.

And he never ever resembled giving up that benefit on the run, looking strong throughout and running over the line to simply dip under the 3: 50 mark.

Stratmann, who took this title in 2021, was 2nd simply under 5 minutes back, with Stenn Goetstouwers on Belgium completing the podium.

Pro Women– Bleymehl back in design

After 2 IRONMAN success last season ( South Africa and Frankfurt), 2023 has actually been a relative battle for Bleymehl.

But she too relocated to the head of affairs on the bike and had sufficient in hand to hold back Daniela Kleiser, who produced the fastest run of the day to take 2nd. Franzi Reng made it a German tidy sweep of the podium in 3rd.

Afterwards, Belymehl stated on Instagram: Super pleased to take the win. Much more essential: I lastly felt like myself once again and was able to reveal an excellent efficiency. Thanks to my group: this one was for you!”

There was excellent news too for Astle, for whom this was a tentative return after major calf issues.

Talking through her race, she composed: “Little bit of swim, bike, run action once again!

” Relatively delighted with the swim– remained in the group I wished to be with however needed to work for it

” Bike– excellent very first 40 km then the legs fell off!

” Run– stayed with the strategy, longest run in 6 months and felt reasonably comfy, and most significant thing is the calves made it through!

” Time to get penetrated an excellent block pre Kona now!”

IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See Kaprun 2023 outcomes

Sunday 3 September 2023– 1.9 km/ 90 km/ 21.1 km


  • 1. Frederic Funk (GER)– 3: 49: 56
  • 2. Jan Stratmann (GER)– 3: 54: 46
  • 3. Stenn Goetstouwers (BEL)– 3: 55: 19
  • 4. Andreas Dreitz (GER)– 3: 56: 32
  • 5. Arne Leiss (GER)– 3: 56: 51

PRO Women

  • 1. Daniela Bleymehl (GER)– 4: 19: 18
  • 2. Daniela Klesier (GER)– 4: 21: 52
  • 3. Franzi Reng (GER)– 4: 26: 50
  • 4. Lisa-Maria Dornauer (AUT)– 4: 28: 15
  • 5. Ruth Astle (GBR)– 4: 31: 09

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