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Another world record at the event in Bad Blumau, achieved by Richard Jung

The third race of the IUTA World Cup took place at the very charming and beautiful Rogner Bad Blumau in Austria. With 69 athletes at the Double, Triple and Quintuple Ultra Triathlon it was one of the biggest Ultra Triathlon Events ever.

Quintuple Bad Blumau 2019 - Nadine Zacharias, Matthias Bölsche, Judit Sandor, Bernhard Nuss und Ronny Rößler at the finish line

Text by Norbert Lüftenegger | Photos by Gerald Zettl

Swim start was done in different waves. First of all the Quintuple Masters and woman jumped into the 25 meter outdoor-pool in the middle of the day on Thursday, 11th of July. On Friday the quintuple elite and triple athletes followed and in the evening the double athletes completed their swim. (For those who followed along on the my race results page, this explains why the times were not always reflective of who was indeed in first place, because of the staggered swim starts).

Great attention was placed on the Quintuple race, because Katrin Burow and Rait Ratasepp were primed to set a new world record. During the swimming portion, the women’s leader Burow was out of the water with an outstanding performance of 5 hours and 45 minutes. Only Andreas Six finished his swim part a few minutes earlier than Katrin at the mens race.

The mens race was very close and Rait Ratasepp and Richard Jung had a very exciting battle from as early as the beginning of the bike.

After 32 hours on the bike, Rait experienced a bit of trouble and with that Richard Jung took the opportunity to take the lead. But there was still the challenge of five marathons to go.

At the same time, the women’s leader Katrin Burow was in good shape for her world record attempt.

Quintuple Bad Blumau 2019 - Andreas Six in one of 342 loops on the bike.

The running part was characteristic with few rests to recovery. Katrin and Rait slowed a bit to what they are usually capable of and so Richard Jung took the chance and made his plan to beat the world record. His outstanding and very constant running was very impressive.

In the end Richard Jung, the actually world record holder at Deca Ultra Triathlon and Deca a day Ultra Triathlon, sets his 3rd world record with a finish of 71:07:24 hours at the continuous Quintuple Ultra Triathlon.

Also a very remarkable performance was achieved by a British athlete. Just armed with a bottle of coke, a bottle of water, some crackers and a chair, Stuart Gillett earned 3rd place with a very fast run.
Katrin Burow’s problems during the running part get bigger and she decided to finish the race. She won the Quintuple at the time of 122:10:43 hours. Congrats.

Also very exciting was the Triple Ultra Triathlon race. Marie Veslestaul, an already decorated ultra triathlete from Norway, achieved first place. At the mens race it was a duel of two very fast runners. After the bike part Konstantinos Zemadanis from Greece was just 10 minutes in front of Christian Mauduit from france. Both athletes are famous runners but in the end Christian got the victory after a strong 15:29 hrs run.

Double Bad Blumau 2019 - Eva Hürlimann at the finish line

At the Double Ultra Triathlon race Eva Hürlimann from Switzerland got a very sovereign victory. Hürlimann, the world record holder of the Quintuple a day Ultra Triathlon, won the womans race with a time of 24:46:04. The winning man was Ramon Lopez Mendizabal from Spain. The lovingly friendly guy beat the Double by a very strong run in 23:12:54.

All together the event in Bad Blumau was very impressive with a lot of outstanding performances. Most of us enjoyed recovery in Rogner Bad Blumau with good food and good friends after the race and we look forward to a remarkable event hopefully in 2020.



Quintuple Bad Blumau 2019 - Stuart Gillett while receiving the finisher award for 3rd place.

Text by Stuart Gillett | Photo by Gerald Zettl

On Monday the 15th of July Richard Jung of Germany completed the Quintuple ironman in Bad Blumau Austria in a new World record time of 71 hours, 7 minutes and 24 seconds, closely followed by Rait Ratasepp (Estonia) in Second and Stuart Gillett (Great Britain) in third.

28 Starters registered and racing started in the 25m pool of the Beautiful Bad Blumau spa hotel. A two group staggered start began on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Some fantastic times were set Andreas Six and Richard Jung to name but a few.

The bike race commenced from transition by the pool, with Athletes setting out to start the 432 laps around the village and through the transition area of the sports complex. The course comprised a slight climb out of the village followed by a a tight turn with fast descent, quick right turn and back though to transition. The traffic expertly managed by the local fire service. Fastest time in the cycle was set by Rait, followed by Richard and Stuart Gillett making up time from the swim. The cycle saw some fantastic fast racing, and a range of weather conditions from Blazing sunshine to torrential downpours, testing the skills of the athletes and requiring many changes of clothing.

Transition 2 saw Rait take a longer break allowing Stuart Gillett to close in. Although by the run started on Sunday morning Richard Jung had already demonstrated his dominance completing the run in 30 hours and 50 minutes and taking the new world record.

Racing continued throughout the following days with athletes enduring intense temperatures on the run. Spirits were kept high by the amazing food provided at the refuelling station and the incredible atmosphere and support provided by support crews and other athletes competing over the weekend. Incredible performances were put in by all with an amazing 26 finishers out of the 28 starters. A few names to mention include Bernard Nuss completing 5 races from his “route 66” challenge and Peter Jelinek finally completing the race that had been his nemesis before.

Personally I would like to thank the organisers of this amazing event and the unstoppable Bernhard for his enthusiastic commentary through. But most of all, to all the incredible athletes I met and all the offers of support and assistance I received from everyone as an unsupported athlete.