Winners of Enea IRONMAN Gdynia 2023

Submitted by karol@sportevo… on Thu, 08/17/2023 - 10:54
Impressive performance by Germany's Leon Kriszeleit led him to victory in the Enea IRONMAN Gdynia 2023. Among the women, the first place was secured by Ingrid Lanthaler from Italy. In the IRONMAN 70.3 distance, Wilhelm Hirsch of Germany claimed victory, while the women's category was won by Diede Diederiks from the Netherlands.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate on Sunday morning, with very poor sea conditions preventing the full-distance IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 swim stages from taking place. A decision was made to cancel the swim portion for the safety of participants, and the race started directly with the bike segment. The start took place from the transition area using a rolling start system, with athletes departing every 5 seconds. The PRO athletes were the first to begin the competition. Following the bike stage, participants transitioned to the run segment.

Fans gathered in the grandstands near the finish line were the first to warmly applaud the top athletes of the IRONMAN 70.3 distance. German athlete Wilhelm Hirsch claimed victory with a time of 3 hours, 15 minutes, and 5 seconds, securing a comfortable lead over second-place finisher Strahinja Trakic from Serbia, who crossed the line in 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 18 seconds. The third-place finisher was also a German, Nico Markgraf, who completed the race in 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 39 seconds. The first Polish competitor to reach the finish line was Kacper Stępniak, achieving a time of 3 hours, 21 minutes, and 5 seconds, earning him the 9th place in the overall standings.

Among the women, the fastest was Dutch athlete Diede Diederiks, finishing with a time of 3 hours, 37 minutes, and 21 seconds. Second place went to Polish competitor Marta Łagownik, achieving a time of 3 hours, 42 minutes, and 46 seconds. The podium was completed by Latvian athlete Laura Madsen, crossing the line in 3 hours, 44 minutes, and 18 seconds.

At 7:00 AM, the first athlete started on the full IRONMAN distance. Participants had to cover 180 kilometers on the bike and then run a marathon. The fastest competitor, German athlete Leon Kriszeleit, completed the course in 7 hours, 47 minutes, and 54 seconds. The second finisher was Polish athlete Mateusz Filipiak, finishing with a time of 8 hours, 4 minutes, and 4 seconds. Taking the third position was Slovenian athlete Robert Budaj, crossing the finish line in 8 hours, 5 minutes, and 13 seconds.

The fastest woman on the full IRONMAN distance was Italian athlete Ingrid Lanthaler, achieving a time of 9 hours, 17 minutes, and 54 seconds. Her performance gave her a significant lead over the second-place finisher, Kristel Polet, who completed the race in 9 hours, 48 minutes, and 26 seconds. The podium was completed by Fanny Belais, representing Switzerland, with a time of 10 hours, 2 minutes, and 1 second.


It was undoubtedly an intense weekend in Gdynia. From Friday to Sunday, competition took place in various categories. Participants of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest, had the opportunity to start and test their skills in an IRONMAN event. On Friday, August 4th, the Kids Aquathlon Gdynia took place – a competition for the youngest athletes. Children and teenagers were tasked with swimming in the sea and running – the distance varied depending on their age. Despite the rainy weather, many young triathlon enthusiasts gathered at the starting line. 


Right after the Kids Aquathlon Gdynia competition, the second edition of the Night Run Gdynia took place, covering a distance of 5 kilometers. This is a street race that is part of the weekend festival under the banner of Enea IRONMAN Gdynia. The route takes participants through the streets of Gdynia, along the promenade, all the way to the City Beach, and athletes set off on this route... after dark!

The winner was the German representative, Adami Florian, with a time of 15 minutes and 28 seconds. Among the Polish participants, the best result was achieved by Krzysztof Perz, with a time of 15 minutes and 33 seconds.



Saturday was marked by the competition in the Sprint Triathlon Gdynia powered by and relay races. This is a great option for those who prefer shorter distances and for those who are starting their triathlon journey and plan to eventually participate in IRONMAN 70.3 or the full IRONMAN. Athletes had to cover a distance of 750 meters in the sea, 20 kilometers on the bike, and 5 kilometers of running. The fastest participant completed this distance in 59 minutes and 13 seconds, and it was Miłosz Sowiński. Among women, the best was Oliwia Gąsior, with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, and 55 seconds. 

The relay race also featured the team "Miasta Trójmiasta" including: Bartosz Bartoszewicz - Vice Mayor of Gdynia, Marcin Skwierawski - Vice Mayor of Sopot, and Piotr Borawski - Deputy Mayor of Gdańsk. In this way, local officials emphasized the cooperation and unity of the Tricity region.


Spectators didn't disappoint the competing athletes; Gdynia saw the presence of numerous triathlon enthusiasts who enthusiastically cheered along the race course. There were plenty of attractions in store for the spectators, including special zones and a city game. Moreover, at the finish line, the stands were filled to the brim, welcoming the finishing athletes with cheers and applause.