Emma Pooley, the British lady living in Hausen am Albis in the canton Zurich and the Russian Maxim Kuzmin win on Sunday at the 29th Powerman Zofingen the 2017 ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. Pooley sets a fabulous new record: She wins the world championship title for the fourth time in a row. She arrived 27 minutes in front of Miriam Van Reijen (NL), closely followed by Katrin Esefeld (GER). Best Swiss lady in fourth place was Nina Zoller (Chur). Kuzmin’s win, last year’s fifth, was a surprise for a lot of people. He finished about 85 seconds in front of last year’s winner Seppe Odeyn (Bel). Third place, as last year, went to Søren Bystrup (DEN). Best Swiss athlet became Rolf Wermelinger (Kirchenthurnen/BE) in sixth place. There was no new track record this year. Over all there where around 1‘300 competitors over the whole Powerman Zofingen weekend which was about one hundred less than in the last two years.
Text/picture: Raphael Galliker
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podium 29th Powerman Zofingen, 2017 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships (10 km running/150 km cycling/30 km running)
1. Maxim Kuzmin (RUS) 6:31.04,7. 2. Seppe Odeyn (BEL) 6:32.30,0. 3. Søren Bystrup (DEN) 6:34.52,7.
1. Emma Pooley (GBR) 7:21.04,7. 2. Miriam Van Reijen (NED) 7:48.19,9. 3. Katrin Esefeld (GER) 7:49.05,8.
Congratulations for the anniversary. After 1997, 1998, 1999, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 the ITU (International Triathlon Union) and the IPA (International Powerman Association) present in Zofingen for the tenth time together the ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. This is only one of a few records which are already set at the 29th Powerman Zofingen. On the 3rd of September 2017 Emma Pooley from Great Britain and the Belgian Seppe Odeyn can try to defend their world championship title. It’s a tragedy that more and more top athletes in training sessions are hit by cars.
On one hand the anniversary on the other the sadness. With the German Julia Viellehner who had a tragical bike accident, a very sympathetic and successful athlet left us. With the retirement of the Dane Susanne Svendsen due to sanitary reasons, we will miss the biggest smile of the Powerman Zofingen. Because of heavy rains this July there will be slight changes on the most beautiful, well-known but also toughest duathlon track in the world (10 km running, 150 km cycling, 30 km running) on the 3rd of September 2017. 2014 and 2015 the duo Emma Pooley/Gaël Le Bellec made history. There was no duo before which won first as newcomers the world championship title and could defend it together in the following year. Both are at the starting line this year
Pooley for the fourth time
In the women’s race everything else than the fourth world championship title in a row for Emma Pooley would be a surprise. Being asked about her goal for Zofingen this year the lady from Great Britain, living near Zürich, just says: «Victory». Wherever she started this summer, Pooley most often has won, the ETU Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon European Championships in St. Wendel (Germany) included. The second place on the podium could catch Miriam Van Reijen. At her debut in Zofingen the Dutch lady became fifth and this time she wants to run the last 30 kilometers under the limit of two hours. This would be eleven minutes faster than she was last year. And 2016 she was almost four minutes faster on this section than Pooley. The German Katrin Esefeld could make it for third position.
Accidents on and on
In the last few years there are too many bad news in the summer time and they don’t seem to come to an end. This time Nina Brenn was the victim. «Last Thursday I was hit by a car and I will not be bale to start at the Powerman Zofingen next Sunday». The Swiss lady, wo became second last year, isn’t seriously injured. «I was lucky that I only had a rib contusion. But every step I take causes very much pain.» Before that accident Brenn was in a splendid form. A few weeks ago she celebrated her seventh gigathlon victory. The lady from Flims/Wildhaus wanted just to end «Top 5», but second place in Zofingen would have been reserved for her. So the other Swiss ladies like for instance Nina Zoller, Melanie Maurer or Martina Krähenbühl have to deliver a good result.
Many fourites in the men’s race
In the men’s race the initial situation is much more open than in the women’s race. You would expect a battle between the title holderSeppe Odeyn (Belgium) and the French Gaël Le Bellec, the world champion 2014 and 2015: «I want to win again», says Odeyn. Le Bellec is more modest. «I want to be on the podium.» This sounds logical if you know that the Frenchman was injured for a long time, couldn’t do any races at all and moreover on the 22nd of July 2016 became father of a boy called Orgyen. There are two more cracks being able to win in Zofingen. First of all the Dane Søren Bystrup, who finished third last year in Zofingen, but was injured in the beginning of the season: «After four bronze medals I want to win this time.» The German Felix Köhler last years second, just says: «A place on the podium in Zofingen would be fine.» Not only in Zofingen last year but also this year at the ETU Powerman Middle Distance European Championships in St. Wendel (Germany) the German was faster than the Dane. It’s a pity but it’s true: Every year an accident happens while practising. This time Köhler fell of the bike driving 90 kilometres per hour in the trainings camp in St. Moritz: «I had a lot of luck and could go on practising only a week after that. So for the Powerman Zofingen I will have to improvise a bit.» Talking about the Swiss competitors: Ronnie Schildknecht the new coach of Swiss Duathlon expects every member going to the starting line to finish top ten. So the Swiss cracks Andy Sutz, Marc Widmer, Fabian Zehnder, Rolf Wermelinger or Ueli Bieler know what they have to do next Sunday.
Already now a lot of records have come true. There are 5 percent more participants than last year at the same time. The magic border of 1500 participants could be reached. There are 37 nations at the starting line – a new record in the history of the Powerman Zofingen. Over the shortdistance it looks like there will be fort he first time more than 500 participants (single and relays). The Powerman Zofingen has for the first time more than 400 sponsors. The Powerman Zofingen on Facebook has 55‘000 likers, which means a new record and a plus of 21‘000 in the last twelve months. And the Swiss lady Maja Jacober from nearby Zurich who helds already now the women’s record of 16 finishes, on the 3rd of September 2017 could finish for the 17th time over the longdistance. Text: Raphael Galliker
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caption: The reigning vice world champion Nina Brenn (in front) on the 3rd of September 2017 won’t be able to prevent the Britain Emma Pooley from defending her title. A few days ago the Swiss power lady was hit by a car while practicing on the bike. Foto: Blende 8.5 Zofingen
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Indaiatuba (SP) – August 20th – After two days of heavy rain the sun came up just when it was more important and Sunday dawned with perfect weather for the third edition of Powerman Brazil, the first in the Indaiatuba. And after two 10km race legs interspersed by a demanding 60km cycling, Santiago Ascenço and Carol Furriela were crowned champions in the Classic distance, the most important of Powerman Brazil 2017.
Debuting in Powerman Brasil, Santiago Ascenço made an extremely technical course showing all his category. After strong start Iuri Vinuto opened the first 10 kilometers in the lead and left the first run ahead of the peloton composed by Santiago, Bruno Matheus and Nicholas Cruz. Already on the bike, Santiago was making the difference until he took the first position.
However, a mechanical problem caused Santiago to lose a few minutes and Iuri took the opportunity to take the lead again. Shortly after taking the lead again, Iuri also had problems on his bike and Santiago returned the lead by delivering the bike first in the T2, with just over two minutes of advantage for Iuri. Just behind came Nicholas and Bruno.
In the last stage of the race, Santiago made a very consistent running, controlling the pace well. After 2:52:10, he crossed the finish line in the first position, 1m45s ahead of Iuri. Bruno Matheus was third, Nicholas Cruz fourth and Cesar Moura fifth, completing the podium.
„Was pretty cool. Iuri comes from good results, but I knew it would be a long and hard race and it would not be in the first leg that would set the race. I had a problem with my bike and I thought I would abandon the race. It was a great event, very well organized. The coolest of all was getting to work on the unforeseen and returning well to the course. I was very pleased with the result, „said Santiago.
In Women Race the dispute was between Mariana Borges and Carol Furriela, repeating the duel of 2016 when Mariana won. Carol knew she would need to deliver the first race well, as Mariana has strong cycling, and that’s what she did. Furriela opened the 10 km of the race well ahead of Mariana, gaining ground in the T1. Mariana needed to get as much as possible on the bike, but could not reach Furriela, who hit her best cycling ever. Maria Vangela Souza completed the podium in third place.
With the lead secured on the second leg of the race, Carol managed the advantage well by closing the race at 3:22:03, almost eight minutes ahead of Mariana. „Last year I made a very strong first race and I ended up paying the price for it. This year I ran with strategy, because I knew that cycling would be very hard, but to my surprise I do better than expected on the bike. I made the best cycling of my life. This year was okay, even though I suffered a lot. This victory represents a lot to me. I came from a very serious injury and Powerman Brasil showed me that my performance is coming back, „celebrated Carol.
Talles Medeiros and Marina Jacob won Sprint category:
In the Sprint distance the winners were Talles Medeiros and Marina Jacob. Completing two 5-km running legs and a 30-km cycling, Talles adopted the same strategy as champion Santiago Ascenço, setting his lead in cycling. „I knew it was a long race and had to have a standard pace all the time. First race I did it and the bike, which is my strong point, was where I bet. I knew that if I gave up I had a good chance of winning, „said Talles.
Marina, did just the opposite. As a good runner, she has forced as much as she can on both legs of the race to secure the title. „My tactic was to keep the pace of the race strong and to leave the comfort zone in cycling,“ said the winner.
On Saturday the day was totally dedicated to children. Even with rain, the organization was able to adjust the course and the young talents showed that it has the sport in the vein. A lot of celebration with the children running at the Olympic Velodrome. In the end, besides the medals and celebrations, the most important was the presence of the families, who had a strong presence throughout the weekend in Indaiatuba.
Resultados – Powerman Brasil 2017:
Male – Classic:
1º – Santiago Ascenço – 2:52:10
2º – Iuri Vinuto – 2:53:51
3º – Bruno Matheus – 2:57:08
Female – Classic:
1ª Carol Furriela – 3:22:03
2ª Mariana Borges – 3:30:01
3ª Maria Vangela – 4:10:20
The second Powerman Duathlon in Germany 2017 has hosted some 200 participants. Ulm was again the open German championship on the long distance Duathlon, which was decided around the river Danube. Felix Köhler (GER, TV Grenzach) won the long distance (10 km of running, 80 km of bike, 20 km of running) in 3: 48: 00.0 hours, thereby securing his first title as German champion. Köhler was hard pressed by german fellow Matthias Knossalla (Trivolution Action Crew / Wiesbaden). With the fastest cycling time, he nearly catched up with Köhler after the bike split and only had be defeated on the last 20 running kilometers. Knossalla finally finished second in 3: 50: 56.7 hours, Swiss Fabian Zehnder third (3: 58: 22.7).
In the women’s field, Kristina Ziemons (GER, DLC Achen) won the Ulmer competition and the German championship in 4: 25: 29.8 hours. The Frenchwoman Céline Bousrez was second (4: 28: 00.2), Katrin Esefeld (D, LG Mettenheim) in 4: 28: 17.5 third.
Winner at the Duathlon Short Distance (5km of running, 40km of cycling, 10km of running) are Christopher Drozda (Vancouver Endurance Club, Canada) in 02: 09: 13.0 hours and Fiona Ruf (Runners Point Ulm) in 2:26:21 ,7 hours.
For the organizers there was a lot of positive feedback for the smooth procedure.
„Super atmosphere, great race, I hope there is a Powerman event in Ulm also the next year. At this temperature, however, the distance could not have been longer, „said winner Felix Köhler.
„Great competition,“ enthused the freshly baked German duathlon champion Kristina Ziemons. „It was hot, but the conditions were the same for everyone. Great organization. It was my first duathlon over this distance. I was a bit nervous, but it was great. “
The bike times were better than in the last year, because the climbing Badberg in Thalfingen has fallen away and so the route was slightly easier. “During the second running, the temperature was at the limit. But overall, the organization team is very satisfied” said organizer Markus Ebener und Bernd Hummel.