Nina Kraft

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Nina Kraft
Personal information
Born (1968-12-31) 31 December 1968 (age 47)
Braunschweig
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport
Country Germany
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 8:58:43

Nina Kraft (born December 31, 1968) is a German professional triathlete from Braunschweig.[1]

Career[edit]

Kraft worked as a drafter until 1998, when she became a full-time professional athlete.[2] In addition to being a pro triathlete Kraft is also an artist. On her website she states that she "uses art to help her switch off and relax."

2004 Ironman World Championship[edit]

Following her win at Ironman Germany in July 2004 Kraft crossed the finish line in first place a few months later in October at the Ironman World Championship as the apparent Ironman World Champion. However, a month after being declared the winner, Kraft tested positive for Erythropoietin, better known as EPO. She and her coach, Martin Malleirer, admitted to the decision to take the performance-enhancing drug. As a result, she was stripped of her title and the second-place finisher Natascha Badmann was awarded her fifth Ironman world title.[3]

Kraft was banned by the German Triathlon Federation (DTU), for one year, after a positive drugs test.[4] This ban ended on November 12, 2005. The privately owned World Triathlon Corporation banned Kraft from all Ironman events worldwide until October 16, 2006. As a result of Kraft and Katja Schumacher's doping cases,[5][6] the DTU created the Elitepass: only Elitepass holders would be eligible for prize money, and they would be subject to unannounced drug testing.[6]

Comeback[edit]

After the end of her German ban, she trained in Clermont, Florida. She joined the Braunschweig club Tri-Lions and applied for an Elitepass from the DTU.

On February 12, 2006, she entered her first post-ban race, winning second place at the 15th Triathlon De Santos in Brazil. In August 2006, she won the German championship at the half Iron distance race in Kulmbach with a lead of 12 minutes.[7] In May 2007 she won the Ironman Brazil,[8] and on November 3 of the same year, she won the Florida Ironman with a time of 9 hours 5 minutes and 35 seconds,[9] breaking the course record[10] by 20 minutes.

On February 1, 2009, Kraft won the Tallahassee Marathon with a new course record of 2:45,[11] and she won the Ironman Louisville in 2009, 2011 and 2014, making her the oldest female Ironman gold medalist at the age of 45.[12]

Notable results[edit]

  • First place
    • Ironman Louisville 2014 - (9:31:19)
    • Ironman Louisville 2011 - (9:38:14)
    • Ironman Louisville 2009 - (9:20:21)
    • Ironman Florida 2007 - (9:05:35)
    • Ironman Brazil 2007 - (9:12:39)
    • Opel Ironman Germany Frankfurt 2004 - (8:58:43)
    • Kohler Haardman Oer Erkenschwick 2004 - (3:56:21)
    • Half-Ironman St. Croix 2004 - (4:37:01)
    • Ironman Germany Frankfurt 2003 - (9:03:11)
    • Quelle Challenge Roth 2002 - (9:12:41)
    • Ironman Europe Roth 2001 - (9:24:29)
    • Ironman South Africa 2001 - (9:33:11)
  • Second place
    • Ironman Louisville 2007 (9:51:53)
    • Ironman Hawaii 2002 - (9:14:23)
    • UK Half-Ironman Llanberis 2002 - (4:25:48)
    • Ironman Europe Roth 1999 - (9:29:25)
    • Neuseeland WM Mitteldistanz 1999 - (4:33:08)
  • Third place
    • Ironman Hawaii 2003 - (9:17:16)
    • Ironman Hawaii 2000 - (9:41:01)
  • Fourth place
    • Ironman Europe Roth 2000 - (9:40:01)
  • Sixth place
    • Ironman Neuseeland 1999 - (9:38:51)
    • Ironman Europe Roth 1998 - (9:57:44)
  • 16th place
    • Ironman WM Hawaii 1999 - (9:52:37)
  • 50th place
    • Ironman WM Hawaii 1998 - (11:02:47)

Two 2009 marathon wins at Tallahassee (2:45) & Gasparilla (2:47) where Kraft claimed both the masters & overall female titles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Langhardt, Klaus (13 October 2004). "Eine Frau aus Stahl". Stern (in German). stern.de GmbH. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dopingskandal: Ironman-Siegerin Nina Kraft positiv auf Epo getestet". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. 11 November 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Carlson, Timothy; Cameron Elford (12 November 2004). "Kraft's EPO admission continues to rattle triathlon world". Velo News. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Canessa, Giancarlo (December 2004). "2004 Ironman Champ (Nina Kraft) Tests Positive for EPO". Triathlete.com. Triathlete, Inc. Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Über 70 Elitepässe ausgestellt (Over 70 Elite passes issued)". Darmstadt Triathlon (in German). Darmstädter Schwimm- und Wassersport-Club 1912 e.V. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Bühler, Karin (15 October 2005). "Erwachen aus jungfräulichem Schlaf (Awaking from virginal sleep)". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Carlson, Timothy (1 September 2014). "After The Fall". Trihistory. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Skene, Shawn (28 May 2007). "Kraft and Galindez win Telecom Ironman Brazil". Ironman.com news. World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Schwartz, Eric (5 November 2007). "Ironman Florida Results". Duathlon.com. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Krabel, Herbert (4 November 2004). "Germans rule Ironman Florida as Vuckovic and Kraft win". Slowtwitch.com. Slowtwitch Inc. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Kremer, Christina (1 February 2009). "Tallahassee Marathon". WCTV.tv. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Carlson, Timothy (24 August 2014). "Weekend Box Aug 24 2014". Slowtwitch. Slowtwitch, Inc. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 

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