Katrina Matthews, Daniel Bækkegård secure 70.3 Tallinn wins

After a long wait, Great Britain's Katrina Matthews marked her debut triathlon in BMC-Vifit colours with a first IRONMAN 70.3 title in Tallinn, Estonia

Chief Correspondent
Last updated -
T100 Triathlon World Tour
Redefining triathlon

(Header image photo credit: James Mitchell /

In what was the first of three professional IRONMAN 70.3 events over the weekend, Great Britain’s Katrina Matthews earned her first professional 70.3 title at IRONMAN 70.3 Tallin, Estonia.

Denmark’s Daniel Bækkegård, who made headlines in 2019 for his IRONMAN Austria finish line ‘smash’, got the better of his hep Global team-mate, Sebastian Kienle, to once again indicate just what a talent for the future this young athlete is.


Pro Women

Already a winner this year at the National 100-mile Time Triathlon Championships, that was a great way to finally welcome her first start in the colours of the BMC-Vifit Pro Triathlon Team that she joined at the beginning of the season, after a headline-grabbing debut year in 2019.

My preview comment of, “If she has continued her rapid progression shown in 2019 during lockdown, Matthews however is going to be tough to beat.” proved pretty accurate, as after leading out the swim with ITU racer Kaidi Kivioja (EST) and Maja Stage-Nielsen (DEN) right with her, the Physiotherapist Officer in the British Army was quickest through T1 and on her way to victory.

Only Stage-Nielsen was close on the bike, and another swift transition would provide a head-start of 1:43 over the Danish athlete, who was fifth at the ITU LD World Champs in 2018 and 2019.

That lead was more than two minutes less than a mile later, and with a 1:22:50 run split, she completed a trio of fastest swim, bike and run performances for a winning margin of five minutes.

Pro Men

With a background in Elite swimming, Bækkegård covering the opening 1.9km solo was not unexpected. His 22:45 effort was more than 90 second clear of Balazs Csoke (HUN), but also almost three minutes quicker than Kienle, who has been recovering from a recent collar bone break.

The Dane soon had a trio of German athletes chasing him – Andreas Dreitz, Nils Frommhold and Kienle – but they were still more than two minutes down with a third of the swift bike course completed. Bækkegård would reach T2 alone, but Dreitz (1:58:06) and Kienle (1:57:30), were less than 20 seconds back as they dismounted.

It was clear quickly that Kienle would be the closest challenger, but the Dane was not fading at all on the run, his 1:13:57 half marathon bringing him home 1:45 clear of the German legend, who Daniel regards as one of his triathlon idols.

IRONMAN 70.3 Estonia, Saturday 5th September 2020
1.9km / 90km /21.1km


1st – Katrina Matthews (GBR) – 4:08:14
2nd – Maja Stage-Nielsen (DEN) – 4:13:15
3rd – Kaidi Kivioja (EST) – 4:16:50

7th – Elizabeth Duncombe (GBR) – 4:35:06


1st – Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) – 3:40:08
2nd – Sebastian Kienle (GER) – 3:41:54
3rd – Andreas Dreitz (GER) – 3:43:52

John Levison
Written by
John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
Discover more
TRI-FIT Geo Coral women's tri suit
TRI-FIT GEO Women’s Tri Suit Review – How does it fare in our quest for the ultimate long course kit?
TRI-FIT women's sleeveless tri suit
5 race day mistakes that are sabotaging your triathlon times (and how to fix them)
Kate Auld riding on an indoor trainer
Rouvy vs Zwift: our indoor cyclists put them to the test
Professional triathletes on the bike course at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam
Fastest triathlon courses: Best IRONMAN, long course and middle distance races for a sure-fire personal best
Patagonman swim start
6 tips for taking on an Xtreme triathlon from a PATAGONMAN champion
latest News
Age-Group Sprint World Championship Hamburg 2023 swim
Triathlon legend Mark Allen wants MORE opportunities for newcomers to the sport
Gwen Jorgensen World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong 2023 run
Gwen Jorgensen boosts Paris bid with victory at Americas Triathlon Cup La Habana
Super-biker Magnus Ditlev says fast bike split key to breaking Kona course record in 2024
The Championship 2022 Pieter Heemeryck RUN
PTO World #5 staying true to his own training, says 30+ hour training weeks not necessary for success
Olympic Games Mixed Relay Triathlon Tokyo 2020
‘This job will never be done’ – Andy Salmon on his highs and lows as British Triathlon CEO
Story to tell?
Share interesting & inspirational stories with our news team
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...