COULD CANADA EVER SWEEP KONA?

ALL-GER­MAN KONA PODIUM

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

SO ARE WE ever go­ing to see three Cana­di­ans on the top of the podium in Kona? As much as I would love to say its in the cards, right now it’s a big reach. It’s not as though we don’t have the athletes. His­tor­i­cally Canada has had a num­ber of Kona cham­pi­ons and con­tenders, some­times even a bunch of them at the same time. In 1997, when Heather Fuhr won, Lori Bow­den was sec­ond and Lisa Bent­ley fin­ished ninth. Syl­viane and Pa­tri­cia Pun­tous went one-two a cou­ple of times, too. It’s not hard to imag­ine that Brent Mcma­hon, Lionel San­ders and Jeff Sy­monds, who have all won ma­jor events and beaten big names, couldn’t have a mag­i­cal day in Kona.

But it’s kind of like a championship bas­ket­ball team with just five guys. Sure, it can be done, but you need every­one to fire on the day to make it hap­pen.

This year we saw an all-ger­man podium in Kona and the guy who was sec­ond last year, An­dreas Rael­ert, didn’t even fin­ish the race. The only rea­son they didn’t have the first four po­si­tions was be­cause Ben Hoff­man pretty much left a lung on the side of the road to get to the line ahead of An­dreas Boecherer, who might have still been able to catch the Amer­i­can had he known how much Hoff­man was suf­fer­ing and de­cided to push to the line rather than high-five every­one in sight down Ali’i Drive.

If you ask Boecherer, the rea­son Ger­mans are so dom­i­nant is sim­ple:

“We have good com­pe­ti­tion in Ger­many,” he says. “And our bike rides are so good be­cause it’s the first thing we learn to do. We ride our

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