Dreitz qualified for the World Championship
With a great performance and a 6th Place at the Ironman South Africa, Andi Dreitz qualified for the World Championship in Hawaii 2019.
The startlist already promised that the race would become really exciting. Some of the best athletes of the world toed the line last Sunday. Bart Aernouts, David McNamee (2nd and 3rd of the world), Ben Hoffman and many others were here to fight for the title of being the “African Champion”.
The swim course was cut from 3.8 to 1.6km, due to big and choppy waves. Andi didn’t lose a lot of time and could finish this part only one minute behind the top swimmer Josh Amberger.
On the bike Andi felt really good and started chasing the leaders. Unfortunately, he lost his bottle early in the race and had to turn around to pick it up. He lost the connection of the group and so he focused on himself again. After 110km of pretty strong winds he could close the gap to the group again and leaded them for a long time. The last 15km of the bike course, Andi tried to safe some power for the run course whereas Ben Hoffman was going fast and had an advantage of 1:30 minutes on the group when he entered transition zone.
Together with Amberger, Clavel and Frommhold, Andi started the marathon. They ran very fast but only Frommhold could hold the pace high. He finished 2nd after Ben Hoffman (7:34:20). Clavel (7:45:30) and Andi Dreitz (7:45:39) took 5th and 6th place and both qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona 2019.
Sadly, the event was tainted with sadness: Two age group athletes died during the swim part of the event.
Photo credit: James Mitchell