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Winter Triathlon

ETU European Triathlon Long Distance Championships

Fredericia/Denmark, August 2nd, 97

Press Release from ETU

The historical town, located in the sound between Jutland and Funen hosted the 1997 European Long Distance Triathlon Championships, 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ad 42.195 km for the run was the distance to manage for the athletes, and ended after this total of 226 km with a sprint final for the men's race. And it once again proved the law of the series, that the host country als takes both elite titles.

The men's race seemed to be a start-finish win for Peter sandvang, who recorded the fastest swim split with 48:40, well a minute ahead of chasing group composed of Pauli Kiuru/Fin, Peter Kropko/Hun, bogda Mickhaus/UKR, Vit Chrobolika/CZE. On the bike, Sandvang could opne a gap of 2 minutes to Morton Fenger, who took the second postion during this leg, Pauli Kiuru, who fougt hard to stay close to Sandvang, Menno Oudemann/Ned, Mika Luoto/Fin and Martin Breedjilk/Ned. Sandvang ahead of Fenger, followed by the Finnish pair Kiuru and Luoto and the ahtletes from the Netherlands was the order on the first lap of the 4 for the run. The two Danish local heroes were cheered along by thousands of spectators, fighting very hard for the European Long Distance crown. Only a sprint finish over the last 200 m of the finish stretch could tip the balance for sandvang who recorded Danish record over the long Distance, just 14 seconds ahead of Fenger. A strong finish could secure bronze for Kiuru.

The women's race started with an excellent swim performance of Ghita Gerkman, better known as "Jarlstrøm" and as a short disatnce triathlete, with 52.49 she recorded the fastest swim split. For a long time it seemed she would also stay in front during the bike leg, but German's long distance lady Katja Myer, two year's ago at the last european Long Distance Championships in Juemme/GER 4th, took the lead after the 180 km, in front of Nicky Sanders/GBR, Karin Jørgensen/DEN, Jacqueline van Vleit/NED, and Gerkman. The marathon brought another turn-over of the results, with Jørgensen taking the lead after 2 laps with the enthusiastic support of the spectators, and taking the second gold medal on offer at this championships, another time for Denmark. Mayer finshed second, Gerkman third.

In the team competition, the Danish athletes secured gold for the male team, the Finish ladies clearly wont he women's team competition.

In two yea's time, Europe's top long distance triathletes will meet in Almere/NED to crown their European Champions 1999.

1. Peter Sandvang DEN 8:19:31
2. Morten Fenger DEN 8:19:45
3. Pauli Kiuru FIN 8:30:41
4. Menno Oudeman NET 8:36:13
5. Mika Louto FIN 8:36:54
6. Martin Breedijk NET 8:41:24
7. Igor Kogoj SLO 8:42:28
8. Marcel Swart NET 8:44:59
9. Richard Van Diesen NET 8:46:37
10. Michael Kruger DEN 8:51:31

1. Karin Jorgensen DEN 9:49:26
2. Katja Mayer GER 9:57:32
3. Ghita Gerkman FIN 10:07:58
4. Minna Pihala FIN 10:11:57
5. Helen Purdy GBR 10:18:34
6. Jacqueline Van Vliet NET 10:25:49
7. Zranna Fattakhova RUS 10:25:55
8. Hanna Kolmijoki FIN 10:27:35
9. Sari Vouri FIN 10:30:08
10. Shirley Yarde GBR 10:34:44

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