Katrina Matthews defied the impossible breaking the Sub8 barrier in Germany on Sunday. The BMC Pro Triathlete got the better of Nicola Spirig after an epic battle.
What a season it is turning out for Katrina Matthews. After her magnificient second place at last months Ironman World Championship, the British athlete produced a record breaking performance to claim a spectacular Sub8 victory.
The day started with a strong swim for Matthews, exiting first in a time of 54:43 with Spirig following just 7 seconds further. On the bike team Matthews started building a lead of several minutes in the opening stages. Matthews arrived in T2 in a phenomenal bike time of 3:50:06 with an advantage little under 4' as she started the run. During the marathon the Swiss athlete started to move ever closer to Matthews. Spirig finally caught and passed Matthews with 14K remaining, but that was far from the end. The BMC Pro Triathlete dug deep and refused to let Spirig go clear. With 11K to go Matthew surged back to the lead and this time the move was decisive. Kat immediately set about building a lead and continued to pull clear in for a brilliant victory.
Chelsea Sodaro takes silver at European Ironman Championship in Hamburg
Sodaro crushed it on her Ironman debut taking a fantastic second place at the European Ironman Championship in Hamburg.
With her fantastic 2nd place finish the BMC Pro Triathlete also secured her Kona qualification.