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Not only did Helle Frederiksen lead the next best woman out of Lake Puhajarv by 4:12, her 25:59 swim time matched the split of men’s leader Filip Przymusinki of Poland. The swim split gave Frederiksen a 4:12 lead on Annah Watkinson of South Africa, 7:11 on fellow Dane Maja Stage Nielsen, and 13:38 on Kateryna Parubocha of Ukraine.
Not satisfied with a 4-minute cushion on Watkinson, Frederiksen unleashed a 2:24:19 bike split that was 6:16 better than the next-best effort by Nielsen and 11:43 better than Watkinson's 3rd-quickest bike split. With a 13:23 cushion on Watkinson and nearly 16 minutes on Nielsen, Frederiksen cruised home with a women’s 3rd-best 1:30:07 run which brought her to the finish in 4:24:01 with a 13:16 margin of victory over Nielsen and 14:15 over Watkinson.
After 18 months dealing with nagging knee and leg injuries, Frederiksen seems back on track with this win plus a 2nd at Ironman 70.3 Europe at Elsinore and a 3rd at Puerto Rico 70.3.