Pablo Dapena enters the Top 10 at the IRONMAN 70.3 Knokke-Heist, on his return to competition

Today, the IRONMAN 70.3 Knokke-Heist in the city of Knokke-Heist, Flanders, Belgium, where victory has gone to Pieter Heemeryck yLucy Buckingham.

The test was held under the format Ironman 70.3, which consists of 1.900 meters of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21 kilometers of running. 

Circuit Details 

The circuit began with a 1.9 km swim in the waters of the North Sea, characterized by its unpredictability and changing currents. 

Then they faced the 90 km of cycling with a flat profile to finish with 21 km of flat running in 3 laps. 

The victory in this edition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Knokke-Heist It has been for the local Pieter Heemeryck, who completed the test with a time of 03:39:45.  

Home victory

Heemeryck, who wore the number 1 number, showed why he was one of the favorites from the beginning. His performance in each segment of the test was exemplary, culminating in an average pace of 03:23 per kilometer in the run. 

Following closely behind Heemeryck, Wilhelm Hirsch He took second place with a time of 03:40:54, being just 1 minute and 9.81 seconds behind the leader.  

Third place went to Harry palmer, who finished with a time of 03:43:08, 3 minutes and 23.76 seconds from first place.  

Pablo commented on his social networks about the race “6 ª position in 70.3 Knokke-Heist @ironmanbelgium

Happy to return almost 4 months later to compete and overcome many ghosts of the past. This path has not been easy.

It's a shame that I wasn't in my best physical condition, but my goal was to enjoy myself and cross the finish line at all costs, whether it was 3rd or 25th. And I did it.

Thank you very much to all of you who were in the shadows during all these months (FAMILY 👨‍👩‍👦, friends, people I don't know personally and wrote to me) a 6th is not much but it goes for you.

A bad T2 and a first lap running with sensations of heaviness deprived me of being in a better position because the sensations of the last lap were in hunt and capture mode. "

Men's 10 Top

Job title Athlete Final time Difference
1 Pieter Heemeryck 03:39:45 –:–:–
2 Wilhelm Hirsch 03:40:54 + 01: 09.81
3 Harry palmer 03:43:08 + 03: 23.76
4 Nick emde 03:43:44 + 03: 59.05
5 Yvan jarrige 03:44:12 + 04: 27.70
6 Pablo Dapena 03:44:28 + 04: 43.51
7 Dieter Comhair 03:44:36 + 04: 51.49
8 dry matthys 03:45:49 + 06: 04.19
9 Jack Hutchins 03:46:20 + 06: 35.35
10 Jesse hinrichs 03:46:34 + 06: 49.48


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In the women's category, the British lucy buckingham He took the victory with a time of 04:13:57. Buckingham followed at just 8.94 seconds per lizzie rayner

Completing the women's podium, Emilie Morier He achieved third place with a time of 04:15:31, 1 minute and 34.44 seconds behind the leader.

The Return of Pablo Dapena 

2023 has not been an easy year for It's pitiful. Since he suffered a stress fracture in his toe that kept him out of competition for part of the year. 

However, he has shown that he has come back strong and we hope to continue seeing him improve in future competitions.  

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