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Italian Ironman Triathlon 1998
3.8k Swim, 180k Bike, 42.2k Run
Date: September 6th 1998
IRONMAN IN ITALY:
News from both Renato Locatelli and Mauro Mongarli "On Sunday,
6th September, the first-ever Ironman-distance race for our country took
place in Mergozzo, North Italy. The organizer was the Zeppelin Triathlon
Team with Axioma Sport Services for Sport.
The prize money was about 28,000 USD. "It has been a long-awaited event
- so much water has passed under Italian bridges since we had to go to
Nice to have a Long Distance Italian Championship ... The race was won
by Slovenijan Damian Zepic, who also took 4th place in Klagenfurt's Trimania
Ironman, in July. There was a single woman competitor, Gisela Hecht (12:20:41)
from Germany. "They had about 100 registered athletes but dozens
of them switched to the Olympic distance triathlon on the same day, because
of the rain and wind storm of Saturday evening. There were 57 Ironman starters
in all, with three DNFs. "Most of the competitors gave a positive evaluation
of the courses as well as of the organization.
The bike courses has been on a "go and back" 45 km on the same
way as well as the marathon 10 km go and back) and some athletes found
them a little bit boring. The race bag has been appreciated by all the
competitors since they found a lot of useful gadgets (cycling shirt, wheels
cover, etc., plus the finisher T-shirt after the finish line. "The race
has been covered by the national TV network (RAI) which will broadcast
the service in a couple of days.
The coverage will be also broadcasted by about 45 local TVs distributed
all over Italy. "Being the first ever IM distance race held in Italy, the
global evaluation is quite positive."