Hanna Maksimava made a spectacular debut in an incredibly tight race at Ironman Barcelona in PRO category.
The first female triathlete from the post-USSR country.
Congratulations to the Women’s Podium of 2018 #IMBarcelona!
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Sunday’s Ironman Barcelona in Spain saw a standout performance in the women’s PRO race from Belarus’ Hanna Maksimava. The Belarusian took part in a grueling challenge of a 3.8km open water swim, 180km road cycle followed by a full marathon run.
Hanna came out of the water first, then jumped on a bike before blasting through the run with her record 9:8:18. She battled the challenging conditions along with a group of seven female athletes from Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland.
“It was a risky decision for me and my coach to go to the race. About three weeks before the start I got a bit sick, and couldn’t train in full force as planned. I was really nervous and worried about how the race would go.
Running the last 1.5 km, I knew no one would overtake me, and support of the audience literally carried me to the finish. At the final 200 meters everyone applauds you, cheers, a commentator calls your last name. My happiness has no limits, the first podium in the Ironman series,” Hannah said after the award ceremony.
Laura Philipp from Germany who set a new course record with 8:34:57 finish time took first place. This is the fastest female debut time of the race ever. Yvonne Van Vlerken from the Netherlands rounded out the podium.