Jörn and Brunnée crowned LD Duathlon World Champions in Zofingen


Denmark’s Simon Jörn Hansen and Germany’s Merle Brunnée were crowned the 2023 Powerman World Triathlon Long Distance Champions this Sunday. The 39 th edition of the race, among the earliest on the global circuit, had in 2015’s winner Melanie Maurer(SUI) taking silver and Belgium’s Lotte Claes declaring bronze, while on the males’s race 2nd location was for Emile Blondel-Hermant(FRA) and 3rd for Fabian Holbach(GER).

” It’s a dream become a reality. I can’t think it yet”, stated world champ Simon Jörn Hausen soon after he crossed the goal initially in Zofingen. For the 32- year-old Dane this is his very first success here, after a 5th location 2 years back. A victory that was certainly hard-earned. On the bike course, it was 4 professional athletes riding close together for many part of the race: Jörn Hansen, Fabian Holbach, Émile Blondel-Hermant (FRA) and Ondrej Kubo(SLO). It was Simon Jörn Hansen who dismounted the bike in top place, however quickly on the run Jörn Hansen took the lead up until, with just a couple of kilometers to go on the run, the Dane relocated to the top place once again and never ever recalled.

He lastly crossed the goal in a brand-new record time of less than 6 hours. In addition to the excellent race conditions, the brand-new course with less metres of elevation definitely made this dream time possible. Frenchman Émile Blondel-Hermant can be found in 2nd location, while Fabian Holbach made it to the podium in 3rd location, after his 2nd location in 2015. Ondrej Kubo crossed the goal in 4th location, while the Powerman winner in 2021, Seppe Odeyn(BEL), rounded the leading 5.

The females’s race was a thrilling battle in between the winners of the last 2 years, Merle Brunnée and Melanie Maurer. Brunnée took the lead after altering to the bike. Throughout the whole 150- kilometre bike course, Maurer remained on the heels of the German, just a couple of seconds behind. The 2 professional athletes dealt with the last run together, and it was on the last meters of the run where Brunnée had the ability to distance herself from her Swiss challenger to cross the goal in top place.

For the 30- year-old German, this is the 2nd World Championship gold in Zofingen, after her success in2021 “I do not understand what to state. I have actually trained so hard in the recentlies and months, that it now settles with the World Championship title boggles the mind”, she discussed. “It was a neck-and-neck race with Melanie Maurer all the time, which made it actually interesting for myself. I’m overwhelmed with how it ended up”, she stated.

Belgian Lotte Claes crossed the goal in 3rd location, that made the very same 3 females on the podium as in 2015 – simply in a various order.

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