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    The run course

    Top 10 Men Bike Finish:

    1 30 Küng, Manuel (SUI) PRO Team Koach 05:24:40
    2 3 Van Berkel, Jan (SUI) PRO +01:21 05:26:01
    3 1 Schildknecht, Ronnie (SUI) PRO uplace bmc pro tr... +04:38 05:29:18
    4 28 Raelert, Michael (GER) PRO Trizack +15:12 05:39:52
    5 19 Ramali, Pascal (GER) PRO SC Oberursel +16:54 05:41:34
    6 6 Bärtsch, Mauro (SUI) PRO Tempo-Sport bikes... +17:05 05:41:45
    7 31 Degasperi, Alessandro (ITA) PRO +17:17 05:41:57
    8 2 Pleše, David (SLO) PRO +20:41 05:45:21
    9 4 Schifferle, Mike (SUI) PRO Schifferle Sport ... +21:52 05:46:32
    10 32 Fontana, Matteo (ITA) PRO +22:42 05:47:22
    Jan van Berkel is in the lead!
    5:02:07 bike split for Mary Beth Ellis. She looks great after a hard and windy bike ride today. Huge lead - about 15 minutes
    Jan van Berkel has done the first of four laps - his lead is 2:08 after 10.5 km over Manuel Kueng.
    Ronnie Schildknecht is at 3:21
    Mareen Hufe is off the bike - 14:56 down. In third we have Beth Gerdes + 17:34
    Top 5 Men Run Km 10.5:

    1 3 Van Berkel, Jan (SUI) PRO 06:08:58
    2 30 Küng, Manuel (SUI) PRO Team Koach +02:08 06:11:06
    3 1 Schildknecht, Ronnie (SUI) PRO uplace bmc pro tr... +03:21 06:12:19
    4 28 Raelert, Michael (GER) PRO Trizack +13:58 06:22:56
    5 31 Degasperi, Alessandro (ITA) PRO +14:57 06:23:55
    Manuel Kueng is in third after a long lead. Ronnie Schildknecht has passed him after 12 kilometers

    Off the bike in third place - now in second: Seven-time winner Ronnie Schildknecht

    Jan van Berkel - great race

    IRONKIDS have already shown today what it all is about here in Zurich: to finish

    Great moment: IRONKIDS celebrate their day

    Give me 5, you are an IRONKID!!!

    The gap between Ronnie Schildknecht and Jan van Berkel was down to 1:54 at Km 17.5. It's getting close...
    Top 8 Women Bike Finish:

    1 47 Ellis, Mary Beth (USA) PRO 05:59:38
    2 58 Hufe, Mareen (GER) PRO Triminators Voerd... +14:56 06:14:34
    3 59 Gerdes, Beth (USA) PRO +17:34 06:17:12
    4 50 Duke, Dimity-Lee (AUS) PRO Bunbury Triathlon... +25:42 06:25:20
    5 57 Rohrbach, Regula (SUI) PRO Tempo-Sport bikes... +32:24 06:32:02
    6 60 Stevens, Alena (SVK) PRO +34:06 06:33:44
    7 160 Erat, Lucia (SUI) 30 Tempo-Sport, bike... +39:42 06:39:20
    8 48 Schink, Lina-Kristin (GER) PRO Team Coach +43:37 06:43:15
    Half marathon, check: Jan van Berkel is in his third lap - but the lead is less than a minute. Seven-time champion Ronnie Schildknecht is 56 seconds behind.
    Alessandro Degasperi started into this marathon like he did at IRONMAN Lanzarote where he ran into first place. He is in fourth about 45 seconds behind Michael Raelert after 18 km
    Beth Gerdes made the pass and is in second place after 7 km. She is 15:17 behind Mary Beth Ellis, Mareen Hufe is at 15:38
    Manuel Kueng passed the half marathon mark - 5:56 down.

    Michael Raelert on the run

    Ronnie Schildknecht is making up ground

    55 seconds - that's still the gap between jan van Berkel and Ronnie Schildknecht through 24.4 km

    Beth Gerdes makes the pass on the run course

    Top 5 Men Run Km 21.1:

    1 3 Van Berkel, Jan (SUI) PRO 06:52:55
    2 1 Schildknecht, Ronnie (SUI) PRO uplace bmc pro tr... +00:58 06:53:53
    3 30 Küng, Manuel (SUI) PRO Team Koach +05:56 06:58:51
    4 31 Degasperi, Alessandro (ITA) PRO +11:24 07:04:19
    5 6 Bärtsch, Mauro (SUI) PRO Tempo-Sport bikes... +19:24 07:12:19
    Michael Raelert seems to be out of the race - he has not passed the half marathon mark yet
    Manuel Kueng is suffering in third place - he is 7:50 behind Jan van Berkel at Km 24.5. The danger is making up ground - Alessandro Degasperi is at 11:13
    Michael Raelert had to deal with cramps - that's what we hear from our spotters.
    It's getting close and hard: Through 28 kilometers Ronnie Schildknecht is 22 seconds behind Jan van Berkel.
    Seven-time champion Ronnie Schildknecht is in the lead!
    Km 28: Italian running machine Alessandro Degasperi is in 3rd now - he has passed Manuel Kueng
    Top 4 Women Run Km 13.9:

    1 47 Ellis, Mary Beth (USA) PRO 07:04:14
    2 59 Gerdes, Beth (USA) PRO +13:26 07:17:40
    3 58 Hufe, Mareen (GER) PRO Triminators Voerd... +16:14 07:20:28
    4 50 Duke, Dimity-Lee (AUS) PRO Bunbury Triathlon... +24:31 07:28:45
    With 10 km to go the lead for Ronnie Schildknecht is 1:56.
    Top 7 Men Run Km 24.4:

    1 3 Van Berkel, Jan (SUI) PRO 07:06:00
    2 1 Schildknecht, Ronnie (SUI) PRO uplace bmc pro tr... +00:55 07:06:55
    3 30 Küng, Manuel (SUI) PRO Team Koach +07:50 07:13:50
    4 31 Degasperi, Alessandro (ITA) PRO +11:13 07:17:13
    5 19 Ramali, Pascal (GER) PRO SC Oberursel +23:21 07:29:21
    6 4 Schifferle, Mike (SUI) PRO Schifferle Sport ... +24:23 07:30:23
    7 2 Pleše, David (SLO) PRO +25:03 07:31:03
    Mary Beth Ellis is on the second half of the marathon. She looks comfortable, concentrated and ready to bring it home. Her half marathon split was 1:35:50, her lead is about 12 minutes over Beth Gerdes, Mareen Hufe +16:30
    Ronnie Schildknecht is on the final 5 kilometers - and on the way to an extraordinary triumph. He was the first and only one to win seven IRONMAN races in a row - now he might be the first and only athlete to take eight victories. What a day!
    Alessandro Degasperi is frequent flyer on the marathon - he ran it down in May at the IRONMAN Lanzarot. Now he is in third at the IRONMAN Switzerland
    3.5 km to go for IRON-RONNIE

    Mary Beth Ellis is at Km 27

    At Km 38.7 the gap between Ronnie Schildknecht and Jan van Berkel is 6:12
    Alessandro Degasperi is 10:23 behind in third place
    The Ronnie-Schildknecht-Party has already started - 600 meters to go. Finish line make ready - here comes the world's first and only 8-time-champion!!!

    Still some meters to go - already celebrating: Ronnie Schildknecht

    Unbelievable race - outstanding athlete: He has only a few meters to go, we are full of respect for Ronnie Schildknecht. Eight times, no words for that!
    8:21:19 - congratulations, Ronnie Schildknecht! 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and now: 2015. What a success at IRONMAN Switzerland!
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