Organizer Zottegem Atletiek looks back with satisfaction on the 40th Egmontloop that took place on 20 August.
Patrick Depuydt give explanation, from the secretariat Zottegem Atletiek vzw
“This 40th edition will go down in the annals as a fun and beautiful summer festival. Due to the turnout, the open-air decor with bar, not to mention the bouncy castle for the little ones and with the Egmontloop as the pinnacle of course, divided over the three distances being 2.8 – 5.6 and 10.8 km Internationally tinged by the participation of Vivien Csicar (Hungary) (also winner of the women’s seniors) and the return of long-distance triathlon world champion in Zofingen 2019, Diego Van Looy. He was also the first Belgian to write this on his record. Diego is a member of Zottegem Atletiek and it is certain that he will return at the highest level, given his resilience and especially talent. Numerous sponsors were also present to be part of the podium ceremony, a sign of mutual respect and appreciation.”
“The support act was ushered in by the little ones at 3 pm. Three series, with of course a separate classification for the boys and girls, provided a spectacle during the first hour. Beautiful duels were fought and it was a pleasure for the parents, spectators and sponsors who were allowed to experience all this from very close. Julot Lafort (ZA) won the 200m boys ahead of Oscar De Gusemme and Mats Vande Walle. With the girls, Sienna Maes triumphed ahead of Ella Goris and Margaux De Sutter. In the 400m it was Gaston Mertens (ZA) who triumphed ahead of Sander-Rene Dhaenens and Siebe Liedts (ZA). Among the girls, Alizee Vandepontseele was fastest ahead of Lena Meul and Kiyana Lopes. Finally in the 800m Boris De Meyer became laureate, ahead of Méraud Demeulemeester and Kamiel Meul. In the girls, Nina Dhaenens was the fastest ahead of Elise Stevens. Laura Niels completed the podium.”
“The main program was the 40th edition of the Egmontloop which started at 3.30pm. The athletes had the choice between three distances, being the 2.8, 5.4 and 10.6 Km”
“At the shortest distance in the senior men, Wouter Verstockt fulfilled his favorite role and won gloriously ahead of Glenn Philips and Tibo Verstockt. In the masters, Davy Vanderroost narrowly beat Tom Leenaert and Carlo Beetens completed the top three. Among the senior women, the victory went to Kim Van Vossel, Tara Philips and Van De Kerkhove Febe. In the masters, Nathalie Lauwyck was the best ahead of Nele De Bock and Rosie Dierickx was third.”
“In the men’s middle distance, the main focus was on Lucas Lievens (ZA), versatile topper but also steeplechase specialist with a record of 6:07.49 over 2000m Steeple and 9:17.72 over 3000m Steeple. The race course left little to the imagination. He dominated the entire race and beat Daan Vanhoolandt (ZA) who ran a fantastic and strong race. Geoffry Van De Velde (ZA) turned it into a complete ZA Podium. Bart Verkaemer (AVMO), an athlete who is loyal to our association because of his many participations in our Egmontloop and our cross-country run, pulled the curtain on the men’s Masters. He won separately ahead of Bart De Cooman and William Van Huffel (ZA).”
“The apotheosis of the day, where among the field of participants we welcomed the triathlete and world champion of 2019 in Zofingen, Switzerland (6h14m29s) Diego Van Looy – affiliated with Zottegem Atletiek – for his comeback and the Hungarian Vivien Csiszar both on the long distance. Also with established ZA athletes, including Patrick Van Petegem, Kristof De Borle, Kasper Ligneel, Steven Lafort, Thijs Niels, Marc Goossens and Jurgen Verlinden. The last three are in full preparation for the Belgian Marathon Championship in Eindhoven (October). In the end, Jill De Brouwer took the signed victory, ahead of Diego Van Looy, who is making a wonderful comeback after months of rehabilitation (broken neck and several broken ribs). Diego absolutely wanted to be there to put our club in the spotlight and has more than succeeded in that. Third place went to the man in shape Niels Thijs (ZA).”