On July 9 Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf will be racing Challenge Roth in Germany with one goal in mind; breaking Chrissie Wellington’s Iron-distance world record of 8:18:13, which was set back at Roth in 2011.
Last year Ryf was just four minutes short of Wellington’s record, winning in a time of 8:22:04, the third fastest female Iron time in history.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere at DATEV Challenge Roth so much last year. It gave me wings and it made me realise, on a perfect day the world record of Chrissie Wellington could possibly be in reach,” she said. “I am fascinated by Chrissie’s record and I will try my best on race day to see how fast I can go.”
If she does break the record one of the first to celebrate with her will be Chrissie Wellington, who is heading out to watch Ryf’s attempt.
“I absolutely love DATEV Challenge Roth, whether that is as a competitor or as a spectator. It truly is the best race in our sport, with an atmosphere and professionalism that is unrivalled. It was the place where I had some of my greatest victories, and proved to myself that more is possible. I’m really looking forward to being there this year and supporting the thousands of people out on the course, including Daniela as she attempts to break the world record. It will take a very special day when everything falls into place but I know that those days exist and I wish her all the very best in her pursuit of the sub 8.18 goal!”
If the record gets broken it will follow Jan Frodeno’s record breaking race last year, and cement Roth as the place where records are broken.
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