Diana Riesler defended her last year's title at the Herbalife IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia, Poland. The German finished in 4:18:45 receiving a huge applause from the local crowd on the main city beach in Gdynia. The male competition saw the victory of Ivan Tutukin (RUS) who made it to the finish line in 3:55:22. More than 2000 athletes from over 30 different countries took part in the race.
Race day's morning welcomed the athletes with a perfect sunny weather and the water temperature amounting to 19.2 C. Pro athletes started at 8 a.m. with Sean Donnelly (GER) and Ivan Tutukin (RUS) being the first ones in the transition zone after 1.9 km of swim. Donnelly continued his strong performance on the picturesque bike course leading through the Kashubian region. He was still on the lead at the beginning of the run with Milosz Sowinski (POL) and Florian Seifert behind his back.
However, the running course proved to be very selective and changed the final standings heavily. After recording 14th time on the bike, Ivan Tutukin started an extremely strong run (1:11:43) being able to take over Donnelly in the middle of the half marathon distance and finally took the victory in 3:55:22. Donnelly fought hard but he was not able to defend the 2nd place either, giving it up to Danil Sapunov (UKR) on the final kilometres and finishing 3rd eventually. 4th place went to the local hero, the young and perspective Milosz Sowinski (POL).
In the women's competition, Diana Riesler literally declassed her rivals, although she exited the T1 on the 8th place. Yet, she performed extremely strong on the bike being able to take the lead early and then continued to increase the gap. Coming back to the transition, she was already nearly 12 minutes ahead of the chasing Ewa Komander (POL). The running stage brought just another few minutes of advantage for Riesler who finished in 4:18:45 being cheered on by the local crowd gathered in the finish area located on the main city beach in Gdynia. Ewa Komander took the 2nd place while Italian Margie Santimaria prevailed in a close battle for the 3rd position.
Herbalife IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia saw a total of 2000 athletes from over 30 countries taking part in the main competition, together with another 1500 participating in the side events – sprint triathlon and Itaka IRONKIDS Gdynia.