Published: Aug 19, 2008
Dirk Bockel, a former student athlete for both the swimming and cross
country teams at The University of Tampa, competed Tuesday in the
triathlon at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Bockel, a Luxembourg national, finished 25th out of 50 athletes competing in the race, with a final time of 1:51:31.
extremely happy,” Bockel said following the race. “The TV crews were
all over me because I pulled ahead about a minute and fifteen seconds
ahead of the pack during the biking portion. It feels nearly like
winning a medal.”
The sole athlete from Luxembourg in the men’s
triathlon, Bockel has competed in numerous races throughout the world in
recent years in order to qualify for the Olympics.
University of Tampa is where it all started,” Bockel said. “I’m still
racing and I still have a lot of goals.” He added that he hopes to
relocate to Tampa after competing in more races.
As a UT
athlete, Bockel was a first-team all-Sunshine State Conference runner as
a member of the cross-country team in 2002 and 2003. He also became the
first UT male to earn all-South Region honors in 2002.
He graduated from UT with a degree in international business in 2004.Click here
for Dirk Bockel’s official Olympic biography, or visit Bockel’s personal Web site