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6 Aug 2020
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Reigning Ironman World Champion Anne Haug is the final massive name to be confirmed for the SLT Arena Games in Rotterdam.
The 37-year-old, who became the first German woman to take the prestigious Ironman crown in Kona, Hawaii, in 2019, is going back to her short course roots for a major new innovation for triathlon.
Haug, who has also won Ironman Denmark, 70.3 Oceanside, Dubai and Lanzarote and finished third at the 70.3 World Championships, enjoyed a distinguished short course career before finding huge success going long.
She represented Germany at two Olympics and has a Mixed Relay world title to her name as well as coming runner-up in the WTS Series.
But it is that magical day in Kona where she put together a phenomenal performance, topped off with a stunning run, that tops her impressive CV. Haug made up a deficit of eight minutes into T2 on Lucy Charles-Barlcay to overtake her by around 25km and finish with an unbelievable run time of 2:51:07.
Haug’s short course run speed is also to be feared, making her a real threat in the debut of the SLT Arena Games on August 23.
Completing the women’s line-up is Belgian up and comer Valerie Barthelemy, who has been making huge strides in the pro ranks since going full-time in 2017.
Women’s field: Anne Haug, Cassandre Beaugrand, Rachel Klamer, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Jess Learmonth, Leonie Periault, Maya Kingma, Ilaria Zane, Valerie Barthelemy, Quinty Schoens.
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