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Kona 2015 Profile: Tine Deckers (BEL)


Career Highlights

  • 4-time Winner IM France (2009, 10, 12, 14)

2015 Season

  • DNF IM South Africa
  • 4th 70.3 Mallorca, 70.3 Barcelona
  • 4th IM Brasil 9:08:29
  • 7th IM Germany 9:28:20
  • 12th 70.3 Champs


Tine managed to qualify after a pretty late start to the season: Her first points are from 70.3 Mallorca in May! She raced well in Brasil to finish 4th in a close race. She was well placed in T2 at IM Germany, but was overtaken by a few athletes on the run and had to settle for 7th. At first this did not look enough, but when a few other athletes missed scoring good points, she received a July slot. “My Kona qualification was my main goal for 2015. The spring and summer races presented an uphill battle I was really pleased to conquer.”

Even though her 12th place at the 70.3 Champs in Zell am See was “a nice surprise”, she has been mainly focused on Kona, choosing to prepare in Lanzarote instead of altitude training. What’s her goal for Kona? “I know that others have a stronger claim to a place in the Top 10, but I am hoping to be the surprise outsider. But a place in the Top 15 would be pretty good, too.”

She’ll need a perfect day in order to finish in the Top 10: Not loosing too much time in the swim, ride with a decent group on the bike and then especially a strong marathon. She has run around three hours in France, and she’ll need about a 3:05 in Kona this year.

(Photo: Tine enjoying the sun in Lanzarote. Supplied by Tine)

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