He had dreamed it, pursued it, wanted it and earned it. We are referring to the victory at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Championships that were held today Saturday April 5th in Tempe, Arizona. Rodolphe von Berg wins the most prestigious race, the Olympic Distance, where drafting is not allowed, and he does it defeating the opposition of 1200 athletes who were present at the start.
Rudy exits the water in 11th place, approximately 1min behind Greg Harper who clocks the best split time thanks to his talent as a swimmer (NCAA athlete). The catching up already begins in T1 where Rodolphe is the fastest, and continues in the bike segment where his biking talent serves him well. At the end of the first of two loops, Rudy is already in command and brilliantly counters his adversaries successive attacks. He exits T2 in second position, a few seconds behind William Jones. After 600 yards, he takes the lead and, keeping up a good rhythm, wins with a margin of 1min 23sec on William Jones, second, and 1min 26sec on Steve Mantell, third.
“Last year, with little experience, I finished 4th. Naturally, I am very happy with my victory and I am pleased with my progress in the swim and the run, in spite of an injury (shin splints) sustained in January, and fortunately healed now», comments a radiant Rodolphe at the finish line.”
If one analyses his performance comparing it to last year’s, that took place on the same course and in the same weather conditions, one cannot fail to notice the clear improvement achieved in the swim and the run. Overall, Rodolphe improves by 2min on last year’s time and clocks an excellent total time of 1h 44m 41s.
The level of the competition was also high: the first three athletes finished under last year’s time of the winner Ben Kanute, who recently finished 24th in the ITU Triathlon World Cup of New Plymouth.