Lukasz Wojt has already achieved his childhood dream by competing in the Olympics. Now he wants to leave a legacy as one of the leading triathlon swimmers ever.
He represented Poland at the 2008 Beijing Games in two swimming events, the 200m individual medley and 4x200m freestyle relay, and still classes the experience as the one of which he is most proud.
Lukasz is already making waves on the triathlon circuit too, having first started to make his presence felt with his seventh place in the IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg in 2017.
“After my swimming life I always wanted to finish an IRONMAN,” says the German-based Pole, who achieved that aim in his home city of Frankfurt in 2017, when he came 15th.
Lukasz continued to improve in 2018, when he finished sixth in Austria and fourth in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna race. He repeated that performance in Italy 12 months later and also came fourth in the Austrian event in 2019.
On reverting back to the 70.3 distance in 2019, he registered his first podium finish (a third) at Kraichgau in Germany and then notched that maiden triumph in Luxembourg.
That 2019 Austria race held another memory for Lukasz, though, which wasn’t so pleasant.
“I was in the lead by four minutes after the bike, but I started cramping on the run 3km from the finish,” he recalls.
Indeed, it is the run which causes him the most problems out of the three disciplines and he dreads any racedays where the weather forecast predicts temperatures of more than 30 degrees.
“Since I was a swimmer, I have an advantage and have led all the triathlon races I have competed in so far, but I’m too heavy and big for running,” he explains.
“Hopefully I’ll be remembered as one of the best triathlon swimmers.”
As for racing advice, the best he can offer is: “Do