World University Triathlon Championship - Kalmar
129 athletes from 31 countries had made the trip to Kalmar for the prestigious competition. To be allowed to participate you have to be between the ages of 18-27 and study on university. Usually when est mika:timing do timing on events there are hundreds or even thousands of athletes participating. But now and then we also get the mission to do timing on pure professional competitions.
The distance for the races was sprint and the race day started early on Saturday morning when the team from est mika:timing built the timing systems in the transition area, the split points out on the track and the finish line. At the same time Project Manager Torsten Ueberberg prepared for the race by checking that he had correct reports ready to be delivered to the FISU officials immediately after the finish. Some weekends are busier than others and since est mika:timings Swedish project managers were already fully booked with other events one of our German colleagues flew into Kalmar. A co-operation that goes both ways depending on the different peaks of the season.
At 10.00 on Saturday it was time for the women to compete on the distance consisting of 750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5km run. It was a tight and exciting race where Jeanne Lehair from France was the first women to sprint over the finish line with a total time of 57:11, only six seconds before Avery Evenson from US.
A few hours later the men dived into the water. It became an even tighter race with two Germans on top of the podium when Lars Pfeifer beat his fellow countryman Gabriel Allgayer by three seconds. Much to the delight of our German project manager.
After a first day with pouring rain the sun finally made an appearance on Sunday in time for the team relay. An audience friendly and exciting race where each team consisted of two men and two women who all had to complete the supersprint distance of 250 m swim, 6,3 km bike and 1,5 km run. This meant new demands for est mika:timing who had to build a timing system that handled the relay transition so that both the individual times and the total time were correctly measured. After many exciting turns it was the French team who were strongest and now can address themselves as world champions in triathlon.
And this was actually not the first triathlon world championship where est mika:timing was involved this year. A couple of months ago back in June we also were in charge of timing when the Military World Championship in triathlon took place in Lidköping.