The Sétois couple have just contested Emilia-Romagne’s 70.3.
Preparations for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii ended this weekend in Italy for Thomas Egiziano and Julie Hemar. Both triathletes have actually participated in the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in Emilia-Romagna. A competition that brought together more than 2,500 triathletes over 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 21 km of running.
In an Adriatic Sea at 21°, Thomas Egiziano took advantage of these good conditions to emerge from the water in 25’40, followed by Julie Hemar in 30′.
The 90 km bike course, relatively flat and rolling, caused some groupings and made the bike part very fast, but also quite dangerous.
Egiziano will be at Worlds in 70.3
However, the lap times were there with very good averages, especially for Julie Hemar, who set the second time in her category.
The half marathon then took place in the heart of the city of Cervia, on two loops of 10.5 km. The two Sétois, despite current fatigue due to intense training in recent months, achieved very good performances. Thomas won his age category with an overall time of 4:15. Thirteenth out of more than 2,500 participants, he won his qualification for the 2023 World Championships at this distance. As for Julie, she placed a very good eighth in her category, 36th overall out of more than 500 women.
This test will have made it possible to validate the state of form, but also to make the final adjustments before flying to Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships, which will take place on October 6 for Julie Hemar and on October 8 for Thomas Egiziano.