Anne Haug dominates IRONMAN Copenhagen

Anne Haug is an IRONMAN Copenhagen record breaker - and there were plenty of British Age-Group athletes on the podium too in Denmark

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Course record smashed in Denmark

Maja Stage Nielsen secures Kona start with third place in Copenhagen

There was definitely an air of ‘fast’ in Scandinavia over the weekend. While Boris Stein was smashing records in Kalmar on Saturday (HERE), Anne Haug was doing similar at IRONMAN Copenhagen.

While there was just one Kona Pro qualifying slot on offer in Copenhagen on Sunday, Germany’s Anne Haug – as a World Championship podium finisher in 2018 – only needed to validate for her return to Hawaii this year. No pressure? I suspect that pressure increased when she punctured towards the end of the bike leg…

Starting the day exiting the swim alongside home athlete Camilla Pedersen (who qualified at IRONMAN Wales last year), the day started smoothly enough for both, with almost a three and a half minute advantage over Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN).

It was Pedersen who initially lead the way on the bike, though the duo were rarely separated by more than 90 seconds over the opening 90km

By 100km Pedersen and Haug were in close order, remaining that way for the next 40km before the German extended her lead to just over two minutes with transition fast approaching.

Into the last 10km, and Haug then suffered a rear (disc) wheel puncture, and was going to have to take it very gently in the final stages to reach T2. She did just that, her lead reduced to little more than a minute, which Pedersen further slashed with a speedy transition, to start the marathon just 29 seconds apart.

Haug is perhaps the best runner in women’s long distance triathlon, and it was then no surprise to see that was the closest that Pedersen would get. More than nine minutes clear at the midpoint of the run, Haug finished with a 2:57:26 marathon an a record-breaking finish time of 8:31:32.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 18: Anne Haug of Germany competes in the run section of Ironman Copenhagen on August 18, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN

With Haug validating her Kona slot and Pedersen already qualified, the slot was taken by a very happy Maja Stage Nielsen who finished in third, one place in front of Angela Naeth who has been through so much in recent weeks, to come up one place and less than five minutes away from that final slot.

A fast day for Age-Group athletes too

Plenty of speed from the amateurs too, with THIRTY FOUR Male AG athletes breaking the nine hour mark. Fastest overall was Philipp Herber (GER), who eight weeks after breaking his collar bone became the eighth (from eight) of the 2019 Specialized Zwift Academy athletes to secure their start in Hawaii. He finished in 8:19:14.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 18: An athlete reacts after finishing Ironman Copenhagen on August 18, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Plenty of British Age-Group podium too, all summarised below.

IRONMAN Copenhagen, Denmark – Sunday 18th August 2019
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km


1st – Anne Haug (GER) – 8:31:32
2nd – Camilla Pedersen (DEN) – 8:49:23
3rd – Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN) – 9:02:49
4th – Angela Naeth (CAN) – 9:07:28
5th – Michelle Vesterby (DEN) – 9:09:22
6th – Simona Krivankova (CZE) – 9:20:49
7th – Pleuni Hooijman (NED) – 9:21:44
8th – Melanie Baumann (SUI) – 9:35:14
9th – Alyssa Godesky (USA) – 9:43:08

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - AUGUST 18: (From L to R) Women second place Camilla Pedersen from Denmark, women first place Anne Haug from Germany and Maja Stage Nielsen from Denmark pose for a picture at the top three podium of the Ironman Copenhagen on August 18, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Great Britain Age-Group Podiums

  • Laura Fidler (F35-39) – 2nd – 9:50:52
  • Zoe Smith (F35-39) – 3rd – 9:56:38
  • Kerry Hickson (F40-44) – 3rd – 10:06:00
  • Anette Freyer (F50-54) – 2nd – 10:47:27
  • Mary Norman (F55-59) – 3rd – 12:15:12
  • Jocelyn Cheli (M25-29) – 3rd – 8:52:34
  • Jason Williams (M35-39) – 3rd – 8:39:15
  • Terrence Murphy (M70-74) – 2nd – 14:06:31

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John Levison
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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.


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