Potter dominates in Munich as home favourites secure podium spots

by Olalla Cernuda on 09 Apr, 2022 05:38 • Español
Potter dominates in Munich as home favourites secure podium spots

Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift began with a famous victory in Munich, Germany, with a dominant performance by British triathlon star Beth Potter. Home favourites Lena Meissner and Olympian Anabel Knoll secured the second and third spots on the podium.

Famed as a run powerhouse, the 30-year-old from Glasgow bossed every discipline in Munich and refused to give the chasing field a glimpse of the win, claiming the victory in all three stages of the final and also in the two stages of her heat.

Having won 2021’s Super League Triathlon Arena Games in London and finished second at the Rotterdam event last year, and also winner of the Quarteira Europe Cup just a couple of weeks ago, she is now on a great position for winning the debut esports Triathlon World Championship.

“That was good, that was hard. I enjoyed that. I didn’t think it was a format that I’d be good at, so I’m really happy to win here,” said the Brit at the finish line. “I wanted to run as hard as I could to see if the wheels came off on the final leg.” Her final kilometre time of 3:09min suggesting the wheels were securely in place.

Stage 1’s 200m swim saw the Hungarian Zsanett Bragmayer (HUN) setting the tempo before Spain’s Anna Godoy edged her out of the water and reached the Tacx turbo trainers first. Italy’s Ilaria Zane and Potter both took turns at the front alongside Anna Godoy Contreras (Spain) on the 4km bike, with the field bunching on Zwift’s cobbled climbs. By the bike’s halfway stage, there was little separating the top six contenders, but Gina Sereno (USA) and Luisa Iogna-Prat (Italy) had been cut adrift at the rear, some 15secs behind.

The top six stayed together until the start of Stage 1’s run leg, but within 400m Potter had assumed control and created a 10sec buffer between herself and the chasers. That lead was 17secs over home favourite Lena Meissner by Stage 1’s finale. Advantage Potter.

Stage 2 again witnessed a mass start, yet the classic triathlon order was reversed, with a 1km run giving way to a 4km bike and 200m swim. Potter and Sereno instantly pushed to the front, with Meissner staying in the shadow of their avatars. At the midway stage, Potter’s run prowess saw her create a 5sec lead with Meissner creating some daylight ahead of Senero.

Potter’s advantage was 9secs at the conclusion of the run, boarding her Factor bike ahead of Meissner and her German compatriot Anabel Knoll. Anna Godoy struggling to get her feet in her bike shoes highlighted the complexity and pitfalls of the unique Arena Games format, the experienced Spaniard dropping out of the Stage 2 reckoning.

By the start of the final swim, Potter’s Stage 2 advantage was 25secs and the Scot was already thinking of a healthy cushion for Stage 3’s Pursuit-style finale. That combined lead would be a sizeable 24secs over Meissner, with Potter’s sub-3:10min run kilometres a sign of her formidable tri-athletic skills.

Stage 3 witnessed a Pursuit-style beginning, with Potter having a head start of 24secs (initially it was reported to be 2mins) ahead of the 200m swim, 4km bike and 1km run seen in Stage 1. After a delay to find the exact results from Stage 1 and 2, Potter was first in the pool, barring incident the true battle being who would finish behind her in the final two podium spots, with German eyes on the duel between Meissner and Knoll.

At the halfway stage of the 4km bike, Potter’s lead was 1:14mins but Meissner and Knoll were neck-and-neck with Godoy now in pursuit. Potter looked like she was on a training ride yet still increased her advantage.

Potter has already completed half of the final 1km run by the time Meissner and Knoll took to the course and would romp home by 90secs in what was one of Super League Triathlon’s most convincing victories. In a frenetic finale, Meissner edged Knoll to the silver medal, with Godoy and Zane rounding out the top five.

Following last year’s debut German showing, Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift Munich was Super League Triathlon’s second visit to the multisport-mad nation, the setting being the iconic Olympiapark in Munich, Bavaria, home of the 1972 Olympic Games and the venue for the 2022 European Games, in which triathlon is set to feature.


Beth Potter also cruised into the finals of the Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift World Championship Series opener. Potter was always the heavy favourite and made light work of Heat 1 at Munich’s Olympiapark. A fast Stage 1 saw her secure a whopping 27 second advantage to take into Stage 2 and she was able to cruise home.

The battle for the two other automatic qualification places behind her were much more intense, but it was hometown favourite Lisa Meissner who finished second while the USA’s Gina Sereno narrowly pipped Ilaria Zane for third.

Zane still made the finals as one of two fastest losers. The other also came from Heat 1 to underline the pace in that wave with Luisa Iogna-Prat making the cut.

Heat 2 was more controversial with Petra Kurikova leading after Stage 1 but disqualified before the start of Stage 2 for spitting. Zsanett Bragmayer took the win with German star Anabel Knoll second. Anna Godoy, who has a previous Arena Games podium spot to her name, ended up in third.

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09 Apr, 2022 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men Final Stage 2
1. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:11:26
2. Chase McQueen USA 00:11:27
3. Max Stapley AUS 00:11:28
4. Aurelien Raphael FRA 00:11:29
5. Gianluca Pozzatti ITA 00:11:31
Results: Rankings Only Male
1. Aurelien Raphael FRA 00:34:20
2. Max Stapley AUS 00:34:21
3. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:34:21
4. Gianluca Pozzatti ITA 00:34:21
5. Chase McQueen USA 00:34:21
Results: Rankings Only Female
1. Beth Potter GBR 00:37:10
2. Lena Meißner GER 00:37:11
3. Anabel Knoll GER 00:37:11
4. Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 00:37:11
5. Ilaria Zane ITA 00:37:11
Results: Final Women
1. Beth Potter GBR 00:37:22
2. Lena Meißner GER 00:38:53
3. Anabel Knoll GER 00:39:09
4. Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 00:39:44
5. Ilaria Zane ITA 00:39:51
Results: Final Men
1. Aurelien Raphael FRA 00:34:20
2. Max Stapley AUS 00:34:21
3. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:34:26
4. Gianluca Pozzatti ITA 00:34:31
5. Chase McQueen USA 00:34:34
Results: Elite Women Heat 2
1. Zsanett Kuttor-Bragmayer HUN 00:26:34
2. Anabel Knoll GER 00:26:36
3. Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 00:26:46
4. Romana Gajdošová SVK 00:27:09
5. Alissa Konig SUI 00:27:28
Results: Elite Women Heat 1
1. Beth Potter GBR 00:25:25
2. Lena Meißner GER 00:26:02
3. Gina Sereno USA 00:26:15
4. Ilaria Zane ITA 00:26:15
5. Luisa Iogna-Prat ITA 00:26:23
Results: Elite Men Final Stage 3
1. Max Stapley AUS 00:11:35
2. Aurelien Raphael FRA 00:11:37
3. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:11:38
4. Gianluca Pozzatti ITA 00:11:40
5. Chase McQueen USA 00:11:47
Results: Elite Women Final Stage 3
1. Beth Potter GBR 00:12:38
2. Lena Meißner GER 00:13:21
3. Anabel Knoll GER 00:13:30
4. Gina Sereno USA 00:13:36
5. Ilaria Zane ITA 00:13:45
Results: Elite Women Final Stage 2
1. Beth Potter GBR 00:12:25
2. Lena Meißner GER 00:12:55
3. Anabel Knoll GER 00:13:01
4. Gina Sereno USA 00:13:06
5. Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 00:13:11
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