Sports should be enjoyable. Sports are about having fun and everyone can do that, for example by participating in the FUN Race. It’s short and fun. Anyone can join in. Talent, experience, or specialised material is not required. In a costume? On a city bike? Breaststroke? Nothing is mandatory. Everything is allowed. Children could participate in the Jespo Kids Triathlon.
Dyed-in-the-wool athletes could participate in a classic quarter-triathlon on an extraordinarily beautiful course. Diving and swimming among the docks. Running and cycling on the trendy Eilandje and in the Port of Antwerp. Winding through the MAS, over the cobblestones along the Scheldt, to the Havenhuis, and returning along the Kattendijk dock. A unique experience.
The ten best Belgian teams competed against each other in the T3 Series. The Port of Antwerp Triathlon is one of the five competitions in which they compete to become the best club in the country.
It was then time for the real spectacle. The Antwerp triathlon is the only World Cup competition in the Benelux and this was only the second time that a World Cup competition took place in Belgium. Seeing the strong participants, the short distance, the cobblestones, and the Belgian athletes up close and in person creates excitement and spectacle. The Belgians also demonstrated that they deserve their place in the world top. Erwin Vanderplancke had the best run time and finished in eleventh place. Valerie Barthelemy was the first woman to come out of the water and took a great seventh place.
Ten thousand spectators admired the athletes up close along the course. In between, in the shadow of the MAS, the people of Antwerp enjoyed a drink and a bite to eat, the music, and the most beautiful city in the world.
A total of 1,700 courageous athletes braved the heat to compete for a medal or for the honour. At 21°C, swimming at the Bonaparte and Willem docks was ideal. But running and cycling in temperatures exceeding 30°C is something else. Yet, for the many Antwerp participants, it was the most beautiful and spectacular triathlon in the world. It’s a day they’ll be telling everyone about for a long time to come.
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