Sebastian Kienle is the new Ironman 70.3 World Champion 2012. He risked everything on the bike and thanks to a strong run he was able to hold to his lead until the finish line.
He was also able to beat the 2011 IM World Champion Craig Alexander (AUS) and Bevan Docherty from New Zealand while achieving a new course record of 3:45:35.
Kienle’s strategy was risky. He put so much energy into the bike split that many wondered whether he could hold it all the way through. “Everybody has been telling me for years that a 3 minute handicap after the swim is too much and with this I will never win a world championship.” Said a proud Kienle. “They say a strong cyclist doesn’t change the game. But now I can assure everyone that that this is what people say who simply don’t have what it takes to ride a bike fast.”
With this very energetic ride on the Plasma, Kienle managed to close the gap to all the favorites such as Alexander, Docherty, Potts and O’Donell. After 50km he took the lead and went with a 3 minute gap into Transition 2. “The whole race was a suicide mission, but it was successful. I am in heaven!” announced Kienle.
After the transition Kienle ran as hard as he could and managed to bring the gap safely to the finish line, beating Craig Alexander by 1 minute.
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 3:54:35
2 Craig Alexander AUS 3:55:36
3 Bevan Docherty NZL 3:56:25
4 Timothy O'Donnell USA 3:56:35
5 Andy Potts USA 3:56:54
6 Bart Aernouts BEL 4:01:17
7 Josh Amberger AUS 4:02:30
8 Michael Raelert GER 4:03:11
9 Faris Al-Sultan GER 4:03:27
10 Richie Cunningham AUS 4:03:59