Two first-time winners at the second IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden race. Blustery winds served up for a rough swim and a windy bike for the 1,715 competing athletes. They enjoyed a sunny and festive course lined with cheering spectators that gathered in the thousands to support the competitors. The crowd in central Kalmar alone was estimated at 50,000.

– This year’s competition turned into a real crowd celebration! We are satisfied with the race that was completed under tough conditions, especially due to the wind that affected the athletes’ stamina, says Tobias Borger, CEO Kalmar Triathlon AB.

The winner of the women’s race, Jodie Swallow from Great Britain, succeeded with the remarkable achievement to be the first swimmer out of the water for the transition to bike. She never let go of the lead and won the women’s pro competition in under 9 hours over Eva Nyström (SWE) and Britta Martin (NZL). Pedro Gomes from Portugal finished first in the men’s pro competition after an amazing race. Gomes won over David Pleše (SLO) and Anton Blokhin (UKR).

New champion Gomes mentioned during the post-race press conference that the swim and the crowd were the keys to his win. – I had an awesome swim today. My bike time was good too and having the lead coming into the running left me with an extra advantage. I felt great after two laps, but was really hurting. I felt the pull of the crowd. They were amazing! I couldn’t hear myself think, says Pedro Gomes, winner IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden 2013.

Top 5 Men:

1. Pedro Gomes

POR

8:19:30

2. David Pleše

SLO

8:22:01

3. Anton Blokhin

UKR

8:26:09

4. Jarmo Hast

FIN

8:35:40

5. Christophe Bastie

FRA

8:37:12

Top 5 Women:

1. Jodie Swallow

GBR

8:54:01

2. Eva Nyström

SWE

9:17:56

3. Britta Martin

NZL

9:22:18

4. Louise Rundqvist

SWE

9:48:39

5. Caroline Devos

BEL

9:56:27



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