Thanyapura’s young German speedster Tim Meyer showed his superb triathlon potential for the second week running as he ran his way into third place overall at the Phuket Ironman 70.3 Triathlon event held on Sunday.
Meyer, racing as an amateur due to the German Triathlon Union not providing him an Ironman Pro License, wasn’t fazed by starting one minute behind the professional men’s field and he had ridden into contention by the 30km point of the 90km cycle leg of the race.
The Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC) team athlete kept five times World Champion Chris McCormack and Olympian Ruedi Wild in sight on the bike, riding with three other pro athletes. As the rain came down over the last 10km of the bike leg, the roads become treacherous, but Meyer stayed focused even with a crash in the last 1km.
Starting the half marathon, this incredible running talent unleashed his A-game as he set about catching the four world class athletes in front of him. As the rain continued, Meyer moved past Chris Lieto, one of the triathlon world’s fastest cyclists, and into fourth place by the end of the first lap.
His fastest run split of the day, 1hr 16min 57sec, brought him within sight of the second- and third-placed athletes at the line, but with one minute up his sleeve he claimed third place overall, only 15 seconds behind second-placed Ruedi Wild – his training partner at Thanyapura for the past three weeks.
As the top three professional men were showcased to the crowd, third-placed professional Alberta Casadei of Italy showed outstanding sportsmanship by bringing Meyer forward to stand on the podium to celebrate his fine performance and third place overall.
The professional athletes all recognize that Meyer will be one to watch on the triathlon world stage in the years to come with Chris McCormack excited about the superb running speed of this young talent.
McCormack, from Australia, showed his true class by riding with the leaders and winning by three minutes in a time of 4hr 04min 40sec. Swiss Olympian Ruedi Wild was second in 4hr 07min 17sec and Tim Meyer finished 3rd in 4hr 07min 32sec.
Meyer has been training with Jurgen Zack and a great team of professional athletes during recent weeks and the hard work is paying off with his second great result in as many weeks.
It is another top flight result that further confirms TSLC is the region’s pre-eminent world class training ground for Asia’s top triathletes. The exceptional triathlon elite camp training programmes offered at TSLC provide athletes with a proven edge.
At last week’s Phuket Laguna Triathlon, Meyer pushed Wild all the way to the finish line for a very creditable second place. Czech athlete Radka Vodickova, winner of the 2012 Laguna Phuket Triathlon women’s title last week, has also been training at Thanyapura.
Full Results for the Phuket Ironman 70.3 Triathlon can be found here: