Tough weather conditions at World Powerman Championships in Zofingen, titles for Seppe Odeyn and Merle Brunnée

Seppe Odeyn takes the win World Championships Powerman Zofingen. (Picture: Triathlon Today)

A lot of things happened during the World Championships Powerman Zofingen, but especially the bad weather during the 10 km run, 150 km bike ride and another 30 km run were characteristic of the race and decisive for the race outcome. The world titles were ultimately for an unleashed Seppe Odeyn (BEL) and Merle Brunnée.

In the men’s race, Odeyn had something to set right for 2019, when he finished fourth and thus missed the podium. Defending champion Diego van Looy was not racing today, due to a hard crash a few weeks ago which makes him unable to defend his world title. That opened doors for Odeyn, who therefore did not hide his ambition and won the race after 6:06:41. Jens-Michael Gossauer took the silver, crossing the finish line 12:34 minutes later. Matthieu Bourgeois finished third at the World Championships and was 17:46 minutes behind Odeyn.

Germany’s Merle Brunnée eventually won the women’s race. She won the race in a time of 7:07:27. That was by a wide margin, as after 7:21:13 Nikola Corbova finished second, while Sarah Noemi Frieden took the bronze in a time of 7:39:42.

Merle Brunnée as World Champion Powerman. (Picture: Triathlon Today)