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Early on Saturday morning, almost 1,600 competitors in the Ironman Tallinn and Ironman Tallinn 70.3 started the 2020 event.

 In the full-length triathlon, athletes swim 3.8 km, ride 180 km by bicycle and run 42.2 km, while in the half-length version they swim 1.9 km, cycle 90 km and run 21.1 km.

The competitors include both professionals and amateurs from Estonia and abroad.  

Daniel Baekkegard from Denmark and Katrina Matthews from the United Kingdom came first in the Ironman 70.3 Tallinn competition on Saturday with winning times of 3.40.08 and 4.08.14, respectively.

The best participants from Estonia were Kaidi Kivioja, 4.16.50, and Kevin Vabaorg, 03.53.17, organizers of the event said.

Baekkegard was followed in the men's PRO class by Germans Sebastian Kienle (03.41.54) in second place and Andreas Dreitz (03.43.52) in third place.

The top three of the women's PRO class consisted of Matthews, Maja Stage-Nielsen from Denmark (4.13.15) and Estonia's Kivioja.

The full-length Ironman 70.3 triathlon began at 6:25 a.m. on Saturday when the men's and women's PRO classes began the race. The award ceremony of Ironman Tallinn and Ironman 70.3 Tallinn will kick off at 2 p.m. on Sunday on Krusenstern Square in the Noblessner area of North Tallinn. Age group winners will be awarded 35 passes to the St. George Ironman 70.3 triathlon to be held in the United States next year.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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