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Daniela Bleymehl
Germany
World Rank
-
Weight
66kg
Height
1.75m
Age
33
DOB
08/6/88
Swim: Zone 3Bike: CanyonRun: Hoka One One
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Daniela Bleymehl

There can be few more memorable triathlon finishes than the battle between Daniela Bleymehl (then Sämmler) and Lucy Charles-Barclay at Challenge Roth in 2018.

Charles-Barclay had been the overwhelming favourite beforehand. She was unbeaten that year and utterly dominant in the swim, on that day coming out of the water with an advantage of eight minutes over Bieymehl.

But Dani, as she’s also known, produced the fastest bike split to halve the deficit by the start of the run. And she continued to whittle down the advantage, to the point where she moved past her rival at the final turnaround in Büchenbach.

But still, the drama wasn't over as the two were locked together for the closing kilometres heading back to Roth and just nine seconds separated them as they collapsed over the finish line after an epic duel which went the way of Bleymehl.

"You never get a 100% perfect race, but that was pretty close! My whole family was there too, so it was pretty special," she remembers.

As the only German pro on the female startlist and in front of a quarter-of-a-million fans, it was a career-defining day.

The journey to it had all started when Dani took part in her first kids' triathlon aged just 11. Growing up in Heppenheim, just south of Frankfurt, she was competitive from an early age.

"I'd done a lot of swimming from nine years old, but after that first triathlon, it became my big passion straight away."

But it wouldn't be until she was 23, in 2012, that she would take part in her first pro event - 20 months after her son Marlon was born.

Unfinished business at Kona

Daniela was part of the ERDINGER Alkoholfrei junior team and hoping to graduate to the professional squad, but things were put on hold after the birth of her first child.

So in 2012, she tried what she labels an "experiment" of seeing whether she could do triathlon as a pro.

And the answer was clearly in the affirmative as she came home third in her very first long-distance event at Challenge Barcelona and moved to the pro team, where she's been ever since.

She has notched multiple wins at full distance, five at 70.3 and also made the top 10 for the first time at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona in 2019.

Her maiden IRONMAN victory came at Mallorca in 2015 when she won by seven minutes from Great Britain's Emma-Kate Lidbury - "It was a special day - I couldn't believe it until the last kilometre."

And that meant a first appearance at the World Championships in Kona the following year. It's fair to say that didn't go to plan though.

When asked what's the most pain she's ever been in during a race, she has no hesitation in nominating that day in Hawaii: "I walked the last hour in pain and ended up in hospital with suspected appendicitis after the race. "

But there was no way she was going to quit on her debut on the biggest stage - and she was soon back to winning form in 2017 when she dominated the first-ever edition of IRONMAN Hamburg.

She was first out of the water, easily quickest on the bike and then added a 3:08 marathon to triumph by over 15 minutes.

But even as a two-time IRONMAN winner and after a solid build-up to the race, she was still among the outsiders for Challenge Roth in 2018 as she looked to become the first home female winner since Nicole Leder in 2004.

She was eight minutes behind Charles-Barclay after the swim but stuck to the gameplan, reducing the deficit on the bike to give herself a chance, especially as he running was improving all the time.

The gap was down to 43 seconds after 30km, and the catch came at 40km before an absorbing battle all the way to the line.

It was a thrilling finale and as well as the landmark win, she also broke the German full-distance record.

Dani then capped her most successful season thus far with her fourth full-distance win at Emilia-Romagna in IRONMAN Italy, booking a 2019 slot at Kona in the process.

If 2018 was all about her long-distance wins, 2019 saw her rattle off a string of middle-distance victories - Challenge Salou, Challenge Heilbronn and Challenge Geraardsbergen - as well as an eventful third at The Championship.

Describing herself at that point as "being in the best shape of my life", the focus was then fully on the IRONMAN European Championship, Frankfurt, to see if she could add to her success at Challenge Roth 12 months earlier.

But those plans were derailed as she explains: "Mentally, it was the toughest decision of my career not to finish that race.

"It was my home race, and it was supposed to become a very big day.

"But I had suffered from a gastrointestinal infection the week before the race and felt so weak right from the start. It just didn't make sense to finish."

But the call to DNF after the bike allowed her to turn a negative experience into a positive one as she made a late decision to defend her Challenge Roth title just a week later.

In the circumstances, it was an astonishing performance back at Roth as she took third place (behind Charles-Barclay this time) in a time 26 seconds quicker than the previous year.

Her first IRONMAN-branded 70.3 victory came in Zell Am See in September which meant she headed back to Kona full of confidence. And her second visit to the Big Island was in stark contrast to her first as she cracked the top 10.

Crossing the line in ninth, she admitted she was able to make her "peace" with the event by banishing those painful 2016 memories.

Coming full circle

Performing well at Kona was all the more rewarding for Daniela as it's an event her father was due to take part in in 1988 after qualifying at Age Group level. But she was born that August - and he never made it to the Big Island.

Growing up, she says her parents were her heroes, and now she has a child of her own in Marlon: "I want my children to be proud of their mum and to be sure that they can do and become whatever they want."

Having a family gives her an added dimension alongside the sport, and she's coached herself to provide maximum flexibility with her training.

But that changed at the end of 2019, with Mario Schmidt-Wendling coming on board, and she's looking forward to racing being able to resume: "'Consistency is the key' is what he's been repeating to me in training - and I'm excited to see the results."

Ranking History
#1#43#85#127#1692012201320142015201620172018201920202012Overall59.74 pts#105Swim55.45 pts#120Bike73.22 pts#143Run42.81 pts#1302013Overall188.60 pts#38Swim131.10 pts#38Bike147.69 pts#59Run107.53 pts#622014Overall183.85 pts#70Swim135.88 pts#59Bike149.19 pts#79Run107.53 pts#1132015Overall183.81 pts#89Swim133.41 pts#91Bike158.20 pts#65Run96.98 pts#1652016Overall201.84 pts#70Swim119.18 pts#139Bike170.52 pts#46Run111.16 pts#1412017Overall245.26 pts#38Swim131.94 pts#106Bike203.59 pts#11Run119.25 pts#1262018Overall277.71 pts#22Swim131.94 pts#103Bike221.89 pts#4Run138.52 pts#872019Overall302.76 pts#12Swim122.29 pts#105Bike227.07 pts#3Run148.73 pts#652020Overall290.91 pts#14Swim122.29 pts#90Bike214.32 pts#6Run146.52 pts#62
Results
38 Races9
1
7
2
7
3
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
9
IM Hawaii
59:06
4:45:08
3:19:32
9:08:30
91.7143
09:01:4691.71
1 Sep
1
IM 70.3 Zell am See
27:23
2:24:02
1:26:46
4:23:51
78.6615
04:15:4078.66
7 Jul
3
Challenge Roth
58:03
4:36:17
3:06:06
8:43:17
109.647
08:50:58109.65
30 Jun
DNF
IM Germany
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
09:18:46-
15 Jun
1
Challenge Geraardsbergen
26:57
2:26:07
1:23:01
4:18:30
82.4875
04:11:5382.49
2 Jun
3
Challenge Samorin
29:18
2:07:16
1:24:42
4:07:17
89.5491
04:03:2889.55
19 May
1
Challenge Heilbronn
28:34
2:18:18
1:24:36
4:18:08
77.5301
04:09:4377.53
7 Apr
2
Challenge Salou
29:31
2:21:01
1:24:31
4:18:38
72.9542
04:08:3372.95
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
22 Sep
1
IM Italy
57:21
4:44:00
3:17:28
9:05:49
87.6424
08:55:5387.64
29 Jul
5
IM Hamburg
22:56
4:32:12
4:18:13
9:18:32
4.60597
08:08:374.61
1 Jul
1
Challenge Roth
54:43
4:41:44
3:04:10
8:43:42
101.397
08:44:48101.40
17 Jun
1
Challenge Heilbronn
27:30
2:28:37
1:22:42
4:21:43
73.8822
04:11:5173.88
3 Jun
2
IM 70.3 Kraichgau
28:44
2:33:10
1:25:47
4:31:15
56.7275
04:14:4356.73
29 Apr
3
IM 70.3 Marbella
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:33:29
57.5176
04:17:0657.52
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Sep
3
IM Barcelona
52:25
4:37:56
3:20:11
8:55:11
83.5774
08:42:1983.58
10 Sep
2
IM 70.3 Ruegen
29:23
2:14:15
1:30:45
4:19:41
61.2929
04:05:2661.29
3 Sep
2
Challenge Walchsee
23:24
1:52:26
1:28:59
3:48:36
49.1525
03:32:2449.15
13 Aug
1
IM Hamburg
55:53
4:55:24
3:08:53
9:07:49
88.6757
08:58:4088.68
18 Jun
1
Challenge Heilbronn
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:34:33
70.5018
04:22:5570.50
21 May
4
IM 70.3 Austria
30:42
2:34:13
1:26:23
4:37:11
51.401
04:18:2151.40
22 Apr
6
Challenge Gran Canaria
31:12
2:53:42
1:26:44
4:51:38
40.5332
04:27:4540.53
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Oct
36
IM Hawaii
58:58
5:16:16
4:14:08
10:34:26
0
09:10:50-
11 Sep
2
IM 70.3 Ruegen
28:02
2:22:28
1:30:21
4:25:09
44.2363
04:04:4144.24
3 Jul
3
IM Germany
58:18
4:56:54
3:12:47
9:13:23
73.0083
08:51:5173.01
18 Jun
2
IM 70.3 Luxembourg
22:58
2:31:38
1:29:20
4:27:28
0
--
7 May
DNF
IM 70.3 Mallorca
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:20:59-
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
26 Sep
1
IM Mallorca
57:29
5:06:28
3:14:44
9:24:48
60.6667
08:53:2060.67
12 Jul
5
Challenge Roth
53:06
4:55:29
3:18:12
9:09:33
68.1602
08:44:3068.16
25 Apr
5
Challenge Fuerteventura
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:39:48
38.8737
04:16:1838.87
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
5 Oct
DNF
IM Barcelona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:44:15-
14 Sep
DNF
IM 70.3 Ruegen
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:06:08-
20 Jul
9
Challenge Roth
55:38
5:01:14
3:37:31
9:37:46
47.2013
08:55:2247.20
25 May
10
IM 70.3 Austria
29:18
2:35:49
1:24:07
4:33:57
35.4509
04:09:4635.45
26 Apr
3
Challenge Fuerteventura
26:52
--:--
--:--
4:36:56
54.9845
04:19:2554.98
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Aug
2
IM Copenhagen
53:02
4:57:42
3:08:14
9:02:51
65.6723
08:36:1665.67
7 Jul
9
IM Germany
51:29
5:02:37
3:16:32
9:14:51
63.1895
08:45:4963.19
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Sep
3
Challenge Barcelona
55:58
4:57:22
3:16:23
9:11:55
59.7383
08:40:2959.74
2009
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
14 Nov
14
IM 70.3 World Championship
26:16
2:24:18
1:31:15
4:25:49
0
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Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2020
290
14
2019
302
12
2018
277
22
2017
245
38
2016
201
70
2015
183
89
2014
183
70
2013
188
38
2012
59
105
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2020
122
90
2019
122
105
2018
131
103
2017
131
106
2016
119
139
2015
133
91
2014
135
59
2013
131
38
2012
55
120
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2020
214
6
2019
227
3
2018
221
4
2017
203
11
2016
170
46
2015
158
65
2014
149
79
2013
147
59
2012
73
143
Run
Year
Points
Position
2020
146
62
2019
148
65
2018
138
87
2017
119
126
2016
111
141
2015
96
165
2014
107
113
2013
107
62
2012
42
130
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