Yvonne van Vlerken, Jaroslav Kovacic win Challenge Almere-Amsterdam

Monday 10 September 2018
A spectacular edition of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam ended with an incredible result. Slovenian Jaroslav Kovacic took the win, beating Cameron Wurf (AUS) amongst others. Moreover, he broke the race record, which was 7:57:46 since 1999 (held by Jan van Marel). Eventually, Kovacic finished in an amazing time of 7:55:43. The women's victory was for Yvonne van Vlerken. She prolonged her title of last year and finished after 9:00:01 with a big lead on her runner-ups. 

The men's race immediately started well for Kovacic. Alongside Dutchman Evert Scheltinga, he came out of the water first after 50:07. They were followed by a group including Cameron Wurf, Marc Unger, Diederik Scheltinga and Tjardo Visser in just over 3 minutes. However, Kovacic was focusing on one thing: ,,I was focused on my own performance and knew that I could run well. That was all I was thinking. I had to take the victory by running fast." 

While Kovacic rode the first 60 kilometers of the bike course together with Scheltinga, it was the Dutchman who drove away at that point. Meanwhile, Wurf started a very strong bike ride and managed to clear his three minutes gap quickly. After 110 kilometers, the Australian took over the lead from Scheltinga and he didn't give it away for a long time. ,,I was lucky to be in a nice group while swimming", says Wurf. ,,I gave my all on the bike, just to give myself a position to win. I was empty during the last part of the run. But the crowd was amazing here. Great race." 

Wurf was in the lead for a long time, also during the marathon, but at about 8 kilometers before the finish he was overtaken by Kovacic. ,,Then I knew it was over. I couldn't follow. But this was kind of a training race for me, so I am very satisfied." 

When Kovacic overtook Wurf, he already knew that he would win. ,,This was my very best race ever. I just knew it was possible. Kilometers passed by running and finally there was a happy ending."

Kovacic finally finished in 7:55:43. Cameron Wurf finished second in 8:00:55. The Dane Kristian Høgenhaug claimed third place by finishing in a time of 8:03:31. 

Women's race
Yvonne van Vlerken took the win at the women's race. She finished her 42nd Long Distance, this was her sixteenth win, showing once more her power. After 9:00:01 she crossed the finish line. ,,I am so happy. People always expect you to win, to perform well, but you always have to make it happen. I am very happy, because of course it gets more and more difficult with all those young girls. It's great that I was able to manage such a strong race." 

Van Vlerken came out of the water together with Els Visser. They were just over 2 minutes behind Debbie Greig who came out of the water first after 57:59. However, Van Vlerken and Visser caught up with her quickly and then it was Van Vlerken who showed her ambition by leaving Visser and going solo. Her lead only increased during the remaining kilometers of cycling and the marathon. 

A great day for Van Vlerken, but number two - Els Visser - also performed fantastic and could only be satisfied afterwards. ,,I had to fight very hard for this. The wind was tough and of course Yvonne was racing so well. I am very happy for her to win. It is great to see that she is always this strong. It's wonderful as well that I have managed to finish second. I am so very happy."

Van Vlerken won in a time of 9:00:01. Visser came in second in a time of 9:16:29. Third place was for German Lina-Kristin Schink. She finished in 9:17:46. 

Over 550 athletes were at the start of this Long Distance edition of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. On the Middle Distance, almost 1500 athletes participated. In total, almost 4000 triathletes competed during the entire weekend. 

MALE PRO:
1 Jaroslav Kovacic 7:55:43
2 Cameron Wurf +5:12
3 Kristian Høgenhaug +7:48
4 Evert Scheltinga +14:48
5 Marc Unger +22:58

FEMALE PRO:
1 Yvonne van Vlerken 9:00:01
2 Els Visser +16:28
3 Lina-Kristin Schink +17:45
4 Debbie Greig +20:38
5 Karen Steurs +22:04
CHALLENGE Triathlon (Photo: José Hourcade)


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

27

Apr

2019

Challenge Taiwan

Taitung City, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

04

May

2019

ITU LD World Champs

pontevedra, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

12

May

2019

Crystal Coast Full Booty

Beaufort, NC, United States

Website Google Map

17

May

2019

Enduroman

Christchurch, United Kingdom

Website Google Map

18

May

2019

Ironcat

I`Ampolla, Spain

Website Google Map

25

May

2019

Balatonman Kenese

Balatonkenese, Hungary

Website Google Map

01

Jun

2019

FrenchMan

Hourtin, France

Website Google Map YouTube

01

Jun

2019

Pirene Xtreme

Cellers, Lleida, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

01

Jun

2019

Wasserstadt Triathlon

Hannover-Limmer, Germany

Website Google Map

02

Jun

2019

UK Ultimate

Whitchurch, United Kingdom

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

27

Apr

2019

Ironman Texas

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

05

May

2019

Ironman Australia

Port Macquarie, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

11

May

2019

Ironman Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, California, United States

Website Google Map

25

May

2019

Ironman Lanzarote

Canary Islands, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

26

May

2019

Ironman Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

09

Jun

2019

Ironman Cairns

Cairns, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

09

Jun

2019

Ironman Boulder

Boulder, CO, United States

Website Google Map

23

Jun

2019

Ironman Ireland

Cork, Ireland

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Jun

2019

Ironman Norway

Haugesund, Norway

Website Google Map YouTube

30

Jun

2019

Ironman France

Nice, France

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

21

Apr

2019

Challenge Cerrado

Brasilia, Brazil

Website Google Map

21

Apr

2019

Cannes International

Cannes, France

Website Google Map

27

Apr

2019

Challenge Taiwan

Taitung City, Taiwan, Province of China

Website Google Map YouTube

27

Apr

2019

Chia Sardinia Tri

Sardinia, Italy

Website Google Map

27

Apr

2019

Challenge Mogan Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, Spain

Website Google Map

28

Apr

2019

Ocean Lava Parenzana

Portorož, Piran, Slovenia

Website Google Map

28

Apr

2019

Challenge Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

Website Google Map

28

Apr

2019

OCEAN LAVA Cavallino

Cavallino, Italy

Website Google Map

04

May

2019

Chattahoochee Challenge Half

Pine Mountain, GA, United States

Website Google Map

04

May

2019

InfiniTri

Peniscola, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

21

Apr

2019

70.3 Peru

Lima, Peru

Website Google Map YouTube

28

Apr

2019

70.3 Marbella

Marbella, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

28

Apr

2019

70.3 Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

04

May

2019

70.3 St. George

St. George Utah, United States

Website Google Map

05

May

2019

70.3 Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

11

May

2019

70.3 Mallorca

Mallorca, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

11

May

2019

70.3 Gulf Coast

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

11

May

2019

70.3 Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

Website Google Map

12

May

2019

70.3 Pays d'Aix

Aix-en-Provence, France

Website Google Map YouTube

12

May

2019

70.3 Monterrey

Monterrey, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Lauren Goss, Vincente Hernandez win 70.3 Peru

Lauren Goss, Vincente Hernandez win 70.3 Peru

Monday 15 Apr 2019 [Triathlon News]

Vicente Hernandez (ESP) was solid across the swim and bike, but took the reigns on the run. The 2016 Olympian overcame a 3:06 deficit off the bike to claim the victory by a winning margin of 1:44 over Andy Potts (USA). American Kevin Collington was third. more

Craig Alexander, Agnieszka Jerzyk win 70.3 Liuzhou China

Craig Alexander, Agnieszka Jerzyk win 70.3 Liuzhou China

Monday 15 Apr 2019 [Triathlon News]

A wet day could not rain on the parade of Aussie legend Craig Alexander, who claimed victory in Lizhou one month shy of his 46th birthday. The two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion bided his time in the bunch on the bike, before his steady pace on the run enabled him to push clear of compatriot Sam Betten. Alexander won in 3:48:50 on the back of a 22:27 swim in the Liu River more

Potts, Piampiano highlight 70.3 Lima Peru

Potts, Piampiano highlight 70.3 Lima Peru

Friday 12 Apr 2019 [Triathlon News]

Located in the heart of Lima, IRONMAN 70.3 Peru offers triathletes a unique experience in the South American event series, with a fast course by the sea, in the vibrant environment that only the gastronomic capital of the world can offer. more

Strong pro field expected at CHALLENGE MELBOURNE: spectacle guaranteed!

Strong pro field expected at CHALLENGE MELBOURNE: spectacle guaranteed!

Friday 12 Apr 2019 [Triathlon News]

With CHALLENGE MELBOURNE approaching this Sunday, April 14th, it’s going to be an exciting race for both athletes and spectators: A remarkably strong pro field will be on the starting line, with each and every athlete prepared to go all out and claim victory. more

Craig Alexander headlines 70.3 Liuzhou China

Craig Alexander headlines 70.3 Liuzhou China

Friday 12 Apr 2019 [Triathlon News]

Also called The Dragon City, Liuzhou belongs to the northern edge of China's subtropical zone in north-central Guangxi Province. It is as much a well developed, modern city of industry as it is one of culture, history, and natural beauty. The city consists of six counties and four districts. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.