IRONMAN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN FINLAND – SVENJA THOES SHINES WITH A 6TH PLACE!

Kuopio-Tahko, 14.08.2021

In life, things rarely go according to plan and sometimes – on particularly important days – bad luck also plays a part. This is what happened to Svenja Thoes at the Ironman European Championships in Finland last week: “What a crazy week – and then finally a happy ending with a strong 6th place!”, is what this exceptional athlete revealed to us. But first things first:

First her bike was lost at the airport, then two days before the race her watt system failed. Then, in the competition, after six kilometres on the bike, the next setback: A flat tyre – the first in three years. But Svenja did not let herself get flustered: The swim was rock solid, then the mishap on the bike – when the bike service finally arrived after what seemed like an eternity, she had dropped from 5th to 12th position. The race to catch up was hard, but Svenja fought her way through the last metres and even ran the 3rd fastest marathon time. In the end, she fell over the finish line overjoyed, only 20 seconds behind the 5th place, which she had almost clinched.

Congratulations on a particularly strong mental performance, Svenja!