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Åsa Lundström lands seventh at SunSmart Ironman Western Australia


The Swedish triathlete showed she is in great shape finishing within the top ten in one of the race’s most thrilling editions.

Åsa Lundström was seventh at the SunSmart Ironman Western Australia, held Sunday in Busselton, Australia. New Zealand’s Britta Martin took the race up the road in the most thrilling edition in the event’s 11-year history.

The first woman to complete the 3.8km swim was local triathlete Liz Blatchford, one second ahead of Serbia’s Svetlana Blazevic. Lundström reached T1 nearly six minutes later, but as soon as she mounted her Orbea bike, she pushed to finish the cycling course in one of the shortest times, 4:55:04. This earned her a place in the top ten. The fastest on the bike was Germany’s Mareen Hufe, who rode alone to T2, 7 minutes before her closest rival, Yvonne Van Vlerken from the Netherlands, who had been battling for the front for a while.

Britta Martin, who had won the race in 2012, finished the 42km run in 3 hours, an extraordinary time that gave her her second gold medal. Hufe and Blatchford rounded out the podium in Western Australia.