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Second edition of Challenge Iceland

Posted on: Wednesday 26th July 2017

Situated in the stunning “Bay of Whales” in Iceland, the world‘s northernmost half distance triathlon race, CHALLENGEICELAND, took place on Sunday July 23, 2017 in Meðalfell, Kjós.

CHALLENGEICELAND was also the Icelandic Half Distance Championship. The 1.9km swim course in the Meðalfellsvatn fresh water lake was shortened to 1500m due to heavy wind and a water temperature of 12.5C. The one loop 90km bike leg has a total elevation of 920m. It was also a very windy day with gales of up to 1520 m/s. The country road with long hills of Kjós was the scene for the two lap 21.1 km run course on tarmac and gravel roads.

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Jeanni Seymour and defending champion Heather Wurtele from Canada fought hard from the start to finish in which Seymour came back from a 4:47 deficit after the bike to prevail by 20 seconds.

Jesper Svensson of Sweden led the swim ahead of defending champion Kevin Collington of the U.S., Justin Metzler of the U.S. and Trevor Wurtele of Canada. Kevin Collington withdrew after crashing his bike in the heavy wind. He was later pickedup by a tourist car with a few bruises and cold but OK.

At the finish, Metzler’s racebest 1:15:58 half marathon split brought him to the finish in 3:56:21 with a 2:24 margin of victory over Wurtele and 3:04 over 3rdplace Svensson.

Hákon Hrafn Sigurðsson and Rannveig Guicharnaud were Icelandic Half Distance Champions.

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Results Women
1. Jeanni Seymour (RSA) 4:18:02
2. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:18:22
3. Sarissa De Vries (NED) 4:37:03
4. Meredith Hill (AUS) 4:40:21
5. Santimaria Margie (ITA) 4:41:17

Results Men
1. Justin Metzler (USA) 3:56:21
2. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:58:45
3. Jesper Svensson (SWE) 3:59:25
4. Jordan Rapp (USA) 4:02:10
5. Hannes Cool (BEL) 4:07:38

 


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