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With some of the usual thrills gone, Thomas Steger of Austria and Laura Siddall of Great Britain buckled down and won the elite titles at Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee in Austria.
Steger overcame a 1:28 deficit after the swim with a 2nd-best bike split and 2nd-fastest 1:16:41 half marathon to finish in 3:21:57 with a 1 minute margin of victory over Giulio Molinari of Italy and 2:02 over 3rd place finisher Mike Phillips of New Zealand.
Siddall started her day with a 2:55 deficit after the swim, made up time with a women's 2nd-fastest 1:53:08 bike split, and closed the deal with a women’s-best 1:24:10 half marathon. Siddall finished in 3:45:21 with a 3:57 margin on runner-up Daniela Sämmler of Germany and 3rd place Margie Santamaria of Italy, who finished in identical 3:49:18 times, with Sämmler winning by a proverbial whisker.