Radka Kahlefeldt toed the line at Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Saturday to come away with a fifth-place finish in a close race to the line.
Out of the water on the swim, Kahlefeldt was in the lead chase group 1:30 back from the race leader. But after a speedy transition and blistering fast bike leg aboard her Liv Avow Advanced Pro, she had moved into third heading into T2.
“You have to dig deep to mix in with the best in the World,” said Kahlefeldt – and that, she did. Working together with another competitor on the run, Kahlefeldt put herself in a position to sprint to finish line. She crossed the line in fifth, only six seconds behind fourth place after over four hours of competition.
Kahlefedlt’s strong 2018 season began with the birth of her daughter Ruby in January and has included four 70.3-distance victories, her most recent was last month at Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships in Cebu.