Jürgen Zäck at Ironman Germany , 2005
|Date of birth||8th August 1965 (age 55)|
|place of birth||Koblenz , Germany|
|1988||German champion triathlon short distance|
|1989-1992||3 × German champion triathlon middle distance|
|1992||World champion duathlon long distance|
|1994-2001||7 × Ironman winner|
|1997||Second at the Ironman Hawaii|
|Resigned in 2006|
Jürgen Zäck (born August 8, 1965 in Koblenz ) is a former German triathlete . He is Duathlon World Champion (1992), finished second in the Ironman World Championships in 1997 , won seven Ironman races (1989, 1994–1996, 1998–2001) and made it into the top ten eight times at Ironman Hawaii . He is included in the best list of German triathletes on the Ironman distance .
Jürgen Zäck grew up in Saffig near Koblenz and began athletics before joining the triathlon in 1983. As a 16-year-old he ran the 800 m in 1:57 min and the 1000 m in 2:35 min. Parallel to his sporting career, he passed his Abitur at the Kurfürst-Salentin-Gymnasium in Andernach and successfully completed an apprenticeship.
German champion triathlon short distance 1988
In 1983 he started triathlon. In the early 1990s, he trained to his limit and completed eight to ten hours of training every day. After a few injuries, he reduced his training volume and increased his training intensity. In 1988 he was able to win his first title in Gerolstein with the German championship on the short distance.
World champion duathlon long distance 1992
In 1992 he became Duathlon World Champion on the long distance at Powerman Zofingen in Switzerland .
Jürgen Zäck was known for his bike strength for many years and set new course records on the Ironman Hawaii bike course in 1992 and 1993.
With 7:51:42 h, which he achieved in Roth in July 1997, he held the German best performance over the Ironman distance for fourteen years . This best time was only beaten in 2011 at the Challenge Roth by Andreas Raelert . Jürgen Zäck also held the world best time in cycling for eleven years on the Ironman distance, which Sebastian Kienle only managed to undercut by another eleven seconds in July 2010 .
Second at Ironman Hawaii 1997
In 1997 he finished second behind Thomas Hellriegel and ahead of Lothar Leder at the Ironman Hawaii . Years later, Zäck's change from swimming to cycling was an anecdote of this race: Before switching to the bike course, Zäck spent several minutes in which the rivals escaped him, accompanied by panicked “helmet, helmet” shouts with the cracked one Repairing the chin strap of his helmet. In the end, Zäck even managed to get a 2-minute lead on the bike against Hellriegel, but at 17 km on the running track he had to give up his lead. On the following Saturday, Zäck and Hellriegel were the first triathletes to sit together during the interview in the current sports studio .
In 1998 Zäck switched to the running track for the third time after 1992 and 1997 as the first athlete at the Ironman Hawaii, but stomach problems forced him to turn the marathon into a hike, so that he came across the finish line as the 242nd spitting blood. The following year a herniated disc prevented him from starting in Hawaii.
Although Zäck had already been excluded from the DTU squad in 1995 because he preferred self-determined preparation in San Diego to the national team's training camps, he nevertheless unsuccessfully demanded a wildcard for a start at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In 1996, Zäck was also a member of the advisory board of the “International Triathlon Grand Prix” with ten events worldwide, including one in Koblenz. With US $ 1 million in prize money, the series was the world's most endowed at the time, but was discontinued after four years.
After four wins and eight podium finishes at Ironman Europe , the triathlon with the greatest media attention in Europe in the 1990s, Zäck dropped out of this competition in 2000. He justified this with an allegedly loosened seat post on his bike before the race and accused the organizer Detlef Kühnel of inadequate safety precautions. Zäck and Kühnel then engaged in a public dispute over several months, which finally ended in court. After the WTC refused to allow Zäck to participate in the Ironman Hawaii by wildcard , Zäck started two weeks later at Ironman Austria . Zäck, who in a letter published in Donaukurier alleged weakness in form as a reason for promotion in Roth, won the fastest time ever for an athlete in a competition over this distance and his bike time in Klagenfurt of 4:14:54 h was the third fastest in the world up to then over this distance. In preparation for the Ironman Hawaii, Zäck suffered a bicycle accident with a broken collarbone , so that he could not take part in the Ironman Hawaii despite his qualification.
2006 doping ban
On May 22, 2006, Zäck was checked during training and an increased concentration of the metabolite etiocholanolone was found in the A sample . Zäck decided not to open the B sample. He was then suspended for two years for doping . He sees himself as a victim of contaminated food supplements.
He canceled his planned start at Ironman Germany in Frankfurt 2006, which he had planned to say goodbye to his sport, which he justified with a back injury. On July 19, 2006, at the age of 40, he announced his retirement from professional sport.
In 2015 he started again at Ironman Hawaii and he finished third in the M50-54 age group. Zäck is a 12-time finisher of the Ironman Hawaii (with 14 starts) and was eight times in the top 10 between 1989 and 2015.
|Date / year||rank||competition||venue||time||comment|
|1995||1||Edersee triathlon||Waldeck||Olympic distance winner (1.5 km swimming, 42 km cycling and 10 km running)|
|1992||1||DTU German Championship Triathlon Middle Distance|
|1991||1||Siegerland Cup||Bush huts|
|1990||1||DTU German Championship Triathlon Middle Distance|
|Aug 6, 1989||19th||ITU Triathlon World Championships||Avignon||02:05:10||First staging of a world championship on the short distance|
|June 11, 1989||3||ETU Triathlon European Championships||Cascais||02:03:04||European Triathlon Championship|
|June 24, 1989||1||Ironman Europe||Roth||03:59:59||Half-distance winner|
|1989||1||DTU German Championship Triathlon Middle Distance|
|Aug 13, 1988||1||DTU German Championship Triathlon Short Distance||Gerolstein||02:03:59||German champion short distance|
|June 20, 1987||3||EM middle distance||Roth||04:00:59||behind Glen Cook (GBR) and Axel Koenders (NL)|
|June 22, 1987||2||DTU German Championship Triathlon Short Distance||St. Wendel||German runner-up on the short distance - behind Wolfgang Dittrich|
|1986||4th||DTU German Championship Triathlon Middle Distance||Roth||2.5 km swimming, 100 km cycling and 25 km running|
|Date / year||rank||competition||venue||time||comment|
|Oct 10, 2015||233||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||09:53:10||Third in age group M50-54|
|July 14, 2013||71||Challenge Roth||Roth||09:18:41|
|July 10, 2005||6th||Ironman Germany||Frankfurt||08:44:22|
|July 11, 2004||4th||Ironman Germany||Frankfurt||08:22:49|
|Oct 18, 2003||6th||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:35:19||second best German behind Normann Stadler|
|July 13, 2003||3||Ironman Germany||Frankfurt||08:20:12|
|Oct 19, 2002||DNF||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||-|
|Aug 18, 2002||2||Ironman Germany||Frankfurt||08:30:07||behind Lothar Leder|
|Oct 6, 2001||DNF||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||-|
|July 1, 2001||1||Ironman Austria||Klagenfurt||08:06:58|
|July 23, 2000||1||Ironman Austria||Klagenfurt||08:07:16|
|July 9, 2000||DNF||Ironman Europe||Roth||-||The screw on the seat post was loosened - discussions about sabotage in the aftermath|
|June 27, 1999||1||Ironman Europe||Roth||07:56:00|
|Oct 3, 1998||246||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||10:20:01||Flat tire after 90 km, took the lead in front of Thomas Hellriegel on the running track|
|July 12, 1998||1||Ironman Europe||Roth||08:03:59|
|Oct 18, 1997||2||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:39:18||behind Thomas Hellriegel and in front of Lothar Leder|
|July 13, 1997||2||Ironman Europe||Roth||07:51:42||behind Luc Van Lierde|
|Apr 13, 1997||4th||Ironman Australia||Ranger||08:30:08|
|Oct 26, 1996||11||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:36:43||fourth-best German behind Thomas Hellriegel, Alexander Taubert and Matthias Klumpp|
|July 14, 1996||DNF||Ironman Europe||Roth||-|
|Oct 7, 1995||7th||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:34:03||third - best German behind Thomas Hellriegel and Rainer Müller-Hörner|
|July 9, 1995||1||Ironman Europe||Roth||08:08:07|
|Oct 15, 1994||4th||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:34:00||as the best German|
|July 10, 1994||1||Ironman Europe||Roth||08:01:59|
|Oct 23, 1993||5||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:26:18||new course record on the bike course, best German|
|July 10, 1993||2||Ironman Europe||Roth||08:07:55|
|Oct 10, 1992||5||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:25:04||new course record on the bike course, first on the running course, second best German behind Wolfgang Dittrich|
|Oct 19, 1991||13||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:57:58||second fastest German behind Wolfgang Dittrich|
|July 13, 1991||3||Ironman Europe||Roth||08:15:34|
|Oct 6, 1990||8th||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:50:17||fastest German|
|Oct 14, 1989||7th||Ironman Hawaii||Hawaii||08:38:33||first start in Hawaii, best German|
|1984||2||Cologne triathlon||Cologne||05:33:03||Long distance of 2.5 km swimming, 110 km cycling and 30 km running|
- Official homepage of Jürgen Zäck
- Jürgen Zäck's profile and results in the ITU database at Triathlon.org , accessed on January 12, 2020 (English).
- Profile and results of Juergen Zweck in the ITU database at Triathlon.org , accessed on June 25, 2018 (English).
- Profile for Jürgen Zäck at the Institute for Applied Training Science , accessed on December 1, 2014
- Fastest Ironman in the world. In: Rhein-Zeitung . July 14, 1997, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Frank Hellmann: Interview with Jürgen Zäck: The spirit in Hawaii infected me. In: Frankfurter Rundschau . October 9, 2009, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Frank Ketterer: Hellriegel: I went through hell three times. In: The world . October 20, 1997, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Frank Siering: Ironman Lothar Leder hangs on the drip for half an hour. In: The world . October 5, 1998, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Triathlete Zäck cancels Ironman start. In: Rhein-Zeitung . October 11, 1999, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Ute Witt: Those who go through hell. In: Focus . September 30, 1995, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Frank Kastner: Zäck wins Ironman Europe. In: Rhein-Zeitung . June 28, 1999, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Gert Blumenstock: Germans have to relearn. In: Rhein-Zeitung . August 10, 1998, accessed March 25, 2016 .
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- Grand Prix Series event richest here. In: Honolulu Star Bulletin. August 12, 1996. Retrieved March 25, 2016 .
- Sabotage or material damage: End for Zäck: Triathlon: Lothar Leder wins the 'Ironman' in Roth. In: Rheinische Post . July 9, 2000, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Jörg Kottmeier: Zäck's allegations have consequences. In: Rhein-Zeitung . July 10, 2000, accessed March 25, 2016 .
- Chronology in the Zäck - Kühnel case. In: 3athlon.de. August 2000, archived from the original on March 9, 2004 ; accessed on March 25, 2016 .
- Kühnel settles accounts with Jürgen Zäck. In: 3athlon.de. July 19, 2000, archived from the original on June 1, 2004 ; accessed on March 25, 2016 .
- Zäck wins the Ironman Austria. In: 3athlon.de. July 23, 2000, archived from the original on January 15, 2005 ; accessed on March 25, 2016 .
- Accident by Jürgen Zäck. In: 3athlon.de. September 29, 2000, archived from the original on May 17, 2004 ; accessed on March 25, 2016 .
- Ban for Zäck after the end of his career. In: 1asport.de. September 13, 2006, archived from the original on August 13, 2007 ; accessed on January 23, 2018 .
- Volker Boch: Vallendarer Jürgen Zäck ends a unique career. In: Rheinzeitung . July 19, 2006, accessed December 1, 2014 .
- The Triathlon History of Germany - Part 3: 1986-88
- History - Triathlon - German Championships
- IM Germany 2002: The Leather Show
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German triathlete|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 8, 1965|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Koblenz , Germany|