Wilkowiecki and Jerzyk among favorites at Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw

Submitted by karol@sportevo… on Mon, 05/29/2023 - 11:02
The start lists for the PRO athletes in the Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw race have been finalized. Exciting duels between Polish favorites and international competitors are expected on June 11th


Anticipation is growing ahead of the upcoming Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw. Polish fans are particularly eager to see another strong performance from Robert Wilkowiecki, who recently confirmed his place among the world's top triathletes with his participation in the IRONMAN Texas race.

Robert Wilkowiecki
After last year's victory in Warsaw, I have good memories and, above all, a desire to achieve more. Especially because there is some unfinished business since the conditions on that day allowed for faster competition, particularly on the bike leg. This time, I am even more focused on earning points for the PTO ranking, so I aim for a fast race.


In the photo: Robert Wilkowiecki triumphs at the Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw 2022 race

Among the most formidable rivals for the current European IRONMAN vice-champion are Kacper Stępniak from Pho3nix GVT Team, who finished just behind the popular "Wilki" in last year's Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Poznań, and Mikkel Taagholt from Denmark. Taagholt also has fond memories of Poland, as he secured the 3rd place in the 2019 Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia.

Miki Taagholt
I'm really excited about racing in Warsaw. I can't wait, especially since I've never competed there before, and I've heard that it's a fantastic city


The PRO athlete list also includes Tomasz Brembor, Piotr Ławicki, and the well-known Ukrainian triathlete Anton Blokhin, who has repeatedly reached the podium in Polish triathlon events in Susz and Gdynia.

The women's competition promises to be fascinating as well. One of the favorites is Lucy Buckingham, who won the Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia in 2021 under her maiden name, Hall.

Lucy Buckingham
Last year, I had a herniated disc in the lower part of my spine. Returning to racing took a while, but I'm even more excited to kick off my season in Warsaw. The race course seems fast, and I'm ready to give it my all.


In the photo: Lucy Buckingham at the finish line of the Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia 2021

Agnieszka Jerzyk should also be considered a strong contender for top positions. The accomplished Polish representative triumphed in the Warsaw event in 2017, albeit in the Olympic distance. However, her expectations for this year's IRONMAN 70.3 are more toned down

Agnieszka Jerzyk
I'm currently preparing for the IRONMAN Frankfurt, where my goal is to secure a slot for the World Championships. The race in Warsaw is an important part of my preparation, and when I line up at the start, I'll definitely give it my all and fight for the podium. I would like to say I'm aiming for the victory, but I'm aware that after giving birth to my daughter and dealing with injuries, I haven't returned to my highest level yet.


Among the PRO female athletes, we will also see the experienced Michelle Vesterby. The Danish representative is a highly accomplished athlete, with her most significant successes achieved between 2012 and 2016, including three top-ten finishes at the IRONMAN World Championships and coming close to the podium in 2015.

The Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw, along with accompanying events, will take place from June 9th to June 11th, 2023. The sporting excitement will begin on Friday evening with the Night Run Warsaw, a short 5-kilometer race starting at 11:00 PM. On Saturday, there will be kids' runs in the Multimedia Fountain Park, while the main triathlon competition on the IRONMAN 70.3 and Olympic distances will take place on Sunday, June 11th. The organizers anticipate record attendance in the event's history, with athletes from over 60 different countries participating.