Frederik van Lierde is heading for Kona 2013
Will On bring him Gold?
The Belgian top-thriathlete will try again for the title of Ironman Worldchampion in Hawaii this year. In 2012 he ran Kona in the third place just 30 seconds behind the German Andreas Realert. For van Lierdethis was a breakthrough; five times he had already taken part in Ironman Hawaii but never reached a better result than the 14th place. On October 12th, Frederik van Lierde will stand at the starting line in Kona again, with his new shoe-sponsor On. „My new On’s are just the perfect fit for me! Lots of kilometers day after day and my feet and legs don't hurt. On’s Cloudtec technology does it all!“ He is said to be one of the favourites for Kona. This for a reason, the year 2013 could not have worked out better for him: In February the Belgian beat expectations with a clear victory at theInternational Triathlon in Abu Dhabi. Three months later he started at the Extreme-Man in Salou Spain and won seven minutes ahead of the next competitor. The Ironman in Nice was next in June. In 2011 and 2012 he already won that race. This year Frederik not just won the thirdtime in a row in France but also set a new record and beat his best time from last year by 11 minutes. All this with his new shoe-sponsor On. This has to be said, because van Lierde loves to ran without socks and so he ran the Ironman Nice barefoot to test if the On-Shoes arecapable of this: "I love my On shoes", Frederik says after his victory. "The cloudracers flew me to the finish line, barefoot and no blisters. It’s unbelievable – I love them." This seems to say, that he will run the Ironman in Kona barefoot too. At 5150 triathlon in Marseille Frederik van Lierde raced the second place, 15 seconds behind the winner and he noticed that he really improved his running. In his homeland, Belgium, van Lierde started at thehalfdistance-triathlon in Deinze and grabbed the gold medal the fourth time in this season. And now the Ironman Worldchampionship in Kona is coming again (12th of October). Is Frederik van Lierde with his new shoes about to grab amedal again – probably the golden one? We do hope so! May the Cloudracer fly you tot he finish line! Click here to see the full athletes profile of Frederik van Lierde.