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PTO star looking to keep the ball rolling after career best season in 2023

Pieter Heemeryck was one of the breakthrough stars of the season in 2023.

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Pieter Heemeryck was one of the stars of the season during an action packed 2023, as the Belgian quietly put together an incredible string of performances.

Finishing the year at PTO World #5, Heemeryck also took home the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship title in 2023 and consistently proved himself to be one of the best athletes in the sport.

Looking back on a breakthrough season, Heemeryck told TRI247 that being able to succeed for his family filled him with pride, given their unwavering support through the highs and lows of his career.

“Their support has been instrumental”

Despite picking up podiums in Germany, Singapore, Belgium and Portugal last year, Heemeryck said the one race that really stood out was his European title in Estonia.

Pieter Heemeryck IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Tallinn 2023.
Pieter Heemeryck wins in Tallinn (Getty Images for IRONMAN).

“Reflecting on the past year, I am filled with a great sense of satisfaction. Each race brought its own unique challenges and rewards, but the European Championship 70.3 in Tallinn stands out as a particularly memorable moment.”

The 34-year-old said that taking home his maiden European title, in the presence of his family, was what made the race so meaningful.

“Winning my first European title was a significant milestone in my career, made even more special by the presence of my family. Their support has been instrumental in my journey, and to share this victory with them was one of my best experiences.”

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Chasing more highs in 2024

Looking ahead to this year, Heemeryck shared his excitement to be contracted to the T100 Triathlon World Tour and reported that winter training had been going well, despite some bumps in the road.

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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN

“The off-season and winter training have been productive overall. I’ve been focusing on improving techniques, and maintaining overall fitness.

“Despite falling ill in late December, I managed to recover quickly and stay on track with my training schedule.

“Being healthy and injury-free is crucial in this sport, and I’m glad to have maintained this throughout the off-season.

“I’m now looking forward to the upcoming season with renewed energy and a lot of excitement to be part of the T100.”

Tomos Land
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Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.

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