Duathlon : World champions a notch above the field
November 12, 2007
THE world champions proved too powerful for a strong field at the Malakoff Powerman Malaysia 2007 in Seri Manjung yesterday.
World No 1 male duathlete Joerie Vansteelant of Belgium, and World No 1 female duathlete Erika Csomor of Hungary dominated the 11km run-64km bike-10km run multi-sport event from start to finish.
They each received US$5,000 (RM17,000) in prize money for winning.
Joerie Vansteelant, last year’s runner up to his late brother Benny Vansteelant, set a new record of 2.39:49s, a good five minutes ahead of the pack.
Armand Van der Smissen of the Netherlands was second in 2:45:14 and Luke Dragstra of Canada third in 2:45:49.
Malaysia’s Shahrom Abdullah and Wong Ah Tiam finished seventh and eight in 3:00:08 and 3:11:53 respectively for a respectable finish among the international participants.
“This year’s course is way tougher than last year’s but I’m happy to have bettered my placing from ninth to seventh,” said Shahrom, a member of Malaysia’s duathlon squad for the upcoming Korat SEA Games.
The women’s race was more closely fought, with multiple world champion and women’s defending champion Erika Csomor’s early preparation and training in Malaysia paying off handsomely. The Hungarian, who won in 3:07:39, arrived more than a week in advance to train and acclimatise to the local weather.
“I know that the heat can be my biggest problem so I tried to get in more training in local weather. The field was tough, but the others did not have the advantage of training here,” said Csomor, who cemented her position as the world top female duathlete with the win.
Michelle Parsons of Great Britain was second in 3:09:09, Reka Brassay of Hungary was third in 3:11:31, repeating the order of last year’s results.
Malaysia’s Mariana Mohamad, also a member of the SEA Games duathlon squad finished fourth in 3:23:51, up one spot and an impressive 14 minutes faster than last year.