Challenge Roth 2022: Magnus Ditlev takes first place!
The surprise winner of Datev Challenge Roth 2022 is Magnus Ditlev! With a time of 7 hours 35 minutes and 48 seconds, the Dane secured first place in what was only his second long-distance triathlon race and missed Jan Frodeno's course record from 2016 by just nine seconds - and that despite temperatures of around 30 degrees! The way to the podium was not easy for Magnus Ditlev, as everything looked like a duel with the favorite Jan Frodeno until the run. Right from the start: the disciplines But let's start at the beginning: the race starts with the legendary swim in the Main-Danube Canal at 6:30 a.m. Water temperature 23 degrees – that means no wetsuit for the pros. Right at the start of the race, the three-time Ironman winner Frodeno is able to move up to the top. Defending champion Patrick Lange comes out of the water in fourth, one and a half minutes behind. England's Fenella Langridge and New Zealand's Rebecca Clark are ahead in the women's swim. Favorite and last year's winner Anne Haug from Bayreuth is seven minutes behind the leader when she switches to her bike. In the men, Magnus Ditlev manages to overtake Frodeno on the bike. The Dane even sets a new course record of 4 hours and 1 second. Frodeno follows right behind him. The 40-year-old also remains below the previous record with his bike time. Because of the faster change, the Challenge winner from 2016 is still the first to go on the running track. But then the shock at kilometer 3 Frodeno has to give up because of his Achilles tendon injury, which has accompanied him since the beginning of the year - the dream of Roth is over for him: The German triathlon star wanted to give something back to his fans in Roth and was overwhelmed by the atmosphere . After Frodeno left, Magnus Dietlev dominated the marathon race. Germany's Patrick Lange can still close the gap, but in the end it's enough for the 26-year-old Dane. Third is Rainaldo Colucci from Brazil. For the ailing Lange, the spectators were the main reason for his success: The women's race looks completely different: Defending champion Anne Haug really turns up the heat on the bike and is able to reduce the gap to Langridge despite animal problems: After switching to the marathon route, Haug is second behind the Englishwoman. The woman from Bayreuth manages to overtake Fenella Langridge about halfway through the run and to be the first woman to cross the finish line in the Roth Triathlon Stadium with a time of 8 hours 22 minutes and 42 seconds. It is the third victory in Roth for the 36-year-old. Britain's long-time leader Fenella Langridge finished second ahead of Spain's Judith Corachán