Under perfectly sunny skies in Elsinore, Denmark, Liv Racing’s Radka Kahlefeldt earned her first Ironman 70.3 European Championship medal. The Czech athlete, living in Australia, has been absent from the European race for a few years but made a triumphant return by putting in a consistent effort against stiff competition to finish on the podium in third place.
Just outside of Copenhagen, the start/finish of the 2019 European Championships was centered in the historic city of Elsinore. The race began in Elsinore harbor with a one loop 1.9km swim, Kronborg Castle offering a picturesque backdrop. Kahlefeldt posted a strong swim time, exiting the water just steps behind Holly Lawrence (UK), who had the fastest split. Onto the stunning 90km bike course loop aboard her Avow Advanced Pro, lost a little time and posted the fifth best bike split. After such a quick swim and transition, she was still in touch and pushed hard on the 21.1km run to secure her position on the podium. Kahlefeldt crossed the finish line after 4 hours, 10 minutes and 36 seconds of racing.
“I was pretty confident after my second place at The Challenge Championship in Slovakia a few weeks ago,” said Kahlefeldt. “I had one easy week to recover from the race and then had a couple of solid training weeks before this race. I am very happy about this result, I just wanted a medal from the European Championships.”
Kahlefeldt will remain in Europe and race again this coming weekend at Challenge Walchsee in Austria.