Edmonton, 23.08.2021

There were two German medals for athletes of the German Triathlon Union (DTU) at the U23 World Championships in Edmonton at the weekend: Tim Hellwig won silver and Annika Koch took bronze.

It was the biggest success of their careers so far for both of them. “What a day,” said Hellwig: “I felt great the whole race and I’m very happy to have put in a really good run.” Hellwig once again produced a very strong performance, having already secured the German championship title and second place at the U23 European Championships this year.

The 2018 European junior vice-champion was only beaten over the Olympic distance (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run) by Hungary’s Csongor Lehmann, who competes in the 1st Bitburger 0.0% Triathlon Bundesliga for Triathlon Witten and who finished four seconds ahead of Hellwig after 1 hour 46 minutes 47 seconds. Hellwig was part of the leading group and ran second fastest behind Lehmann to come in second. Simon Henseleit missed the leading group by a few seconds after the swim and finished tenth.

Annika Koch’s experience with international championships had been rather mixed so far. This time, however, things went really well for this 22-year-old. Having achieved the second-best run time, she overtook some of the athletes in the first bike group on the run course and thus made it onto the medal podium. “It was a tough race. I gave it everything and got a medal, which still feels like a dream”, said Koch.

The title went to Emma Lombardi of France (1:59:48) ahead of Alberte Kjær Pedersen (Denmark/2:00:05), who finished five seconds ahead of Koch. Lisa Tertsch finished eighth.

Edmonton also hosted the final race of the World Triathlon Championship Series season. The series comprises the competitions in Yokohama, Leeds, Montreal and Edmonton as well as the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The races still to come in Hamburg, Abu Dhabi and Bermuda already count towards the 2022 rankings.

The women’s race was won by the US-American Taylor Knibb after an impressive performance on the bike, where she built up a lead of almost three minutes. She won in 1 hour 54 minutes 57 seconds, ahead of Leonie Periault (France/1:55:43) and Flora Duffy (Bermuda/1:56:11). The Olympic champion also secured the World Championship title over the short distance with her third place.

Laura Lindemann was the best German athlete, finishing eighth. Marlene Gomez-Islinger was 17th, Nina Eim 21st and Anabel Knoll 22nd.

In the men’s race, Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt also secured the World Cup title. The Norwegian also won the race in Edmonton. He won in 1 hour 44 minutes 14 seconds, ahead of Belgian Marten van Riel and Léo Bergere (France/1:44:15).

The Germans Valentin Wernz, Jonas Schomburg and Lasse Lührs came in 20th, 21st and 25th respectively. 

This article was submitted by: Thorsten Eisenhofer