Eggenschwiler and Le Bellec triumph, successful world record by Freddy Nock

Swiss women’s double victory, French men’s double victory at the 2018 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. At her comeback after a two-year absence, Petra Eggenschwiler from Solothurn wins in front of Melanie Maurer from Wikon, who lives in Bern. Place 3 goes to the Israeli Antonia Reznikov. The Frenchman Gaël Le Bellec will triumph for the third time in the men’s competition after 2014 and 2015. This time in front of his compatriot Yannick Cadalen and the German Felix Köhler, who lives in Basel. The Swiss men started very well, but then had to give up or fall behind. Freddy Nock from Uerkheim set his announced world record attempt of 25 hours in the wheel of death and earned great applause in the Powerman Arena. Seen over the entire Powerman Zofingen weekend, around 1,200 athletes took part in the 30th Powerman Zofingen, around 100 fewer than last year.


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Text: Raphael Galliker


“I didn’t expect that in any way,” Petra Eggenschwiler could not even really claim her title at the 2018 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. “I didn’t believe in winning until I started on the last 10 kilometre run. “The longer the race lasted, the more pain I had and I just hoped that I could hold out. For health reasons, the 30-year-old Langendörferin, who grew up in Laupersdorf, has not started at Powerman Zofingen in the last two years. “Somehow I regret this, but I have returned all the more successfully now.” Eggenschwiler attacked decisively on the last of the three 50 kilometre cycle laps and left her last tough rival, Melanie Maurer. The latter, who grew up in Wikon and now lives in Bern, was more than satisfied with the silver medal. “That’s mega and nobody expected a Swiss double victory. As I had problems running because of my stomach, I only hoped that the lead over the third placed athlete would still reach the finish line”. It worked out for Maurer. Finally, Antonia Reznikov from Israel took third place. Thanks to 4th place for Nina Zoller and 5th place for Daniela Schwarz, the Swiss team finished in four of the top five places – sensational. Among others, Miriam Van Reijen (NED), 2017 World Vice Champion and Nina Brenn, 2016 World Vice Champion (Achilles tendon problems) had to give up. Due to injury, Emma Pooley, a Briton living in Canton Zurich, who had become World Champion in Zofingen in the last four years, was not at the start.


Le Bellec in third place

Le Bellec, who had already become world champion in Zofingen in 2015 and 2014, divided his race and the forces very intelligently, let his two remaining rivals Yannick Cadalen and the German Felix Köhler, who lives in Basel, do the leading work, sometimes also attack. “I was able to keep up the rhythm I had set once, no matter what was going on around me.” The 30- year-old Frenchman only praised the new route:”I love it when it’s not just straight ahead, but up and down. By the way, the same double victory Le Bellac in front of his compatriot Cadalen already existed in 2014, and Köhler was very satisfied with third place: “I tried to stay on the bike and probably needed too much strength. In the starting phase, a number of Swiss players were in the lead. After that, one by one, or a lot behind. After a brilliant start Ronnie Schildknecht, Fabian Zehnder and finally Rolf Wermelinger gave in the course of the race. In the end, the Zurich hopeful Jens-Michael Gossauer was the best-ranked Swiss in 8th place. With Andreas Kälin, a second Swiss made it into the top ten.


Successful 23rd world record

Freddy Nock has contributed a lot to a great 30th Powerman Zofingen. The 53-year-old Uerkheimer set his 23rd world record. “Pain, feelings of tears, happiness and I’m proud to have done it and to have kept my promise to my son Leo.” The great father-son harmony was seen several times during the successful 25-hour world record on the death wheel. “A very big compliment to my colleagues at the IWTOA-WingTsun-King-Fu-D.B.-School Aarau for the great support during the world record attempt and in the weeks before the training”. This will have been Nock’s last world record attempt on the death wheel after setting the record at the RTL donations marathon twelve years ago, together with Joey Kelly, to 24 hours. “That was definitely the last record on the death wheel, but other world records are planned,” said Nock, who had toyed with the idea three times. No wonder, as Nock completed a total of more than 140 kilometres, i.e. more than three marathons. Twice during the world record attempt Natascha Badmann, ambassador of Powerman Zofingen, brought him bananas.


Satisfied OC President

OC President Stefan Ruf drew a positive conclusion on Sunday evening. “I am highly satisfied. This was a sensational one from a Swiss point of view with the double victory with the women.” In fact, this happened for the last time in 2002 thanks to Karin Thürig and Ariane Schumacher or also in 2000 thanks to Natascha Badmann and Susanne Rufer. “I would like to treat Petra Eggenschwiler to the superior victory from my heart, as she has had a great season so far with various successes in mountain runs and long-distance races. Ruf was satisfied with the 1,200 participants. “We expected about 400 participants each over the short and long distance, at the CHARITY there were mainly fewer participants because the jumbo people were no longer present and we no longer bet on the celebrities”. The result was 100 fewer participants than last year and 200 fewer each than in 2016 and 2015.


30th Powerman Zofingen, 2018 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships (10 km Run/150 km Cycling / 30 km Running)



1 Gaël Le Bellec (FRA) 6:07.50. 2 Yannick Cadalen (FRA) 6:10.29. 3 Felix Köhler (GER) 6:12.42. 4 Maxim Kuzmin (RUS) 6:16.12. 5 Denis Sketako (SLO) 6:23.06 June Albert Harrison (USA) 6:25.52. 7 Allister Caird (AUS) 6:26.38. 8 Jens-Michael Gossauer (SUI) 6:27.51. 9 Jarmo Rissanen (FIN) 6:30.22.,8 10. Andreas Kälin (SUI) 6:33.59. 11. Marc Widmer (SUI) 6:37.48. 12. Ramon Krebs (SUI) 6:40.34. 13. Roberto Delorenzi (SUI) 6:43.29.,5 14. Rubén Andrés Garcia (ESP) 6:44.32. 15. Kasper Laumann Hartlev (DEN) 6:52.19. 16. Soren Bystrup (DEN) 6:54.51. 17. Thomas Bruins (AUS) 7:06.09. 18. Matt Baker (AUS) 7:53.11. Not classified: Michele Paonne (LIE), Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI), Fabian Zehnder (SUI), Peter Lohrmann (USA), Rui Narigueta (PRT), Julian Lings (SUI), Rolf Wermelinger (SUI), Seppe Odeyn (BEL)



1.Petra Eggenschwiler (SUI) 7:00.39. 2. Melanie Maurer (SUI) 7:22.42. 3. Antonia Reznikov (ISR) 7:24.20. 4. Nina Zoller (SUI) 7:35.25. 5. Daniela Schwarz (SUI) 7:36.52. 6. Flora Colledge (SUI) 7:39.39. 7. Katrin Esefeld (GER) 7:46.09. 8. Marie Brandt Schultz (DEN) 7:47.20. 9. Katrin Saly Graf (SUI) 7:47.24. 10. Virginie Soenen (BEL) 7:53.47. 11. Maja Jacober (SUI) 8:03.50. 12. Jennifer Santoyo (USA) 8:41.20. Not classified: Miriam Van Reijen (NED), Martina Krähenbühl (SUI), Nina Brenn (SUI).


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Short Distance, (10 km running, 50 km cycling, 5 km running) Men/men:

1 Daan De Groot (NED) 2:08.20. 2 Daan Schouten (NED) 2:11.40 3 Luuk Vermunt (NED) 2:13.16



1.Irina Raschle (SUI) 2:36.54. 2. Jacqueline Uebelhart (SUI) 2:37.27. 3. Giovanna Costa Martins (BRA) 2:38.47

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Picture captions:

1.) The Swiss Petra Eggenschwiler (Langendorf/SO) and the Frenchman Gaël Le Bellec win the 2018 ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships at the 30th Powerman Zofingen.


2.) Freddy Nock and his team after the successful 25-hour world record attempt on the death wheel.

3.) OC President Stefan Ruf congratulates Melanie Maurer on the Vice World Champion title.


4.) Natascha Badmann, the ambassador of Powerman Zofingen, cut a very good figure on the short distance, had a lot of fun,  also made the fellow competitors and the fans at the roadside a great pleasure.

Photos: Raphael Galliker

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