Daniela Ryf wins Challenge Roth
After Jan Frodeno’s heroics in the men’s event, Daniela Ryf came within touching distance of the women’s Iron record at the 2016 edition of Challenge Roth, with her 8:22:04 finish time just four minutes slower than Chrissie Wellington’s 2011 epic time.
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The women’s race, like the men’s, was similarly dominated by a reigning Ironman world champ from the gun in Bavaria. In front of 50,000 spectators, Ironman and 70.3 world champ Daniela Ryf exited the 3.8km swim in 48:48mins and never looked like losing her grip on the race, sitting within the top 10 men throughout.
A late entry into the race after feeling ill at Ironman Frankfurt a fortnight before Roth, Ryf was told by coach Brett Sutton to take it easy after 150km on the bike but that advice was evidently disregarded as she destroyed a women’s field including longtime Roth favourite Yvonne Van Vlerken.