Gustav Iden was the first triathlete from Norway to win the legendary Ironman in Hawaii. The 26-year-old set a new course record for Sam Laidlow and Kristian Blummenfelt in the fastest World Cup race in history at Kailua-Kona. Sebastian Kienle became sixth best German.
As expected, the Norwegian triathletes left their mark on the Ironman Hawaii 2022, ending the winning streak of German athletes that has been going on since 2014. On the first leg of the legendary race after a two-year Corona break, Gustav Iden set a new course record for Frenchman Sam Laidlow and his compatriot Kristian Blummenfelt. Iden completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run in 7:40:24 AM. He was almost eleven minutes faster than the previous course record holder Jan Frodeno (7:51:13 in 2019). “That was so hard,” Iden said in the target interview. “In the last ten kilometers this legendary island almost killed me. Kristian should have been second so I think we should come back.” While German co-favorites Patrick Lange and Florian Angert had no chance of winning due to time penalties, Sebastian Kienle showed a very strong performance in his last race in Hawaii The 2014 Ironman champion was sixth best German behind Max Neumann and Joe Skipper.
Angert swims fastest
While swimming in Kailua-Kona Bay, it was Angert who dictated the pace to the other top athletes. After the traditional early morning cannon shot at 6:25 am, it wasn’t long before the 30-year-old was making his way to the front position. After about 23 minutes, he was the first in a large leading group to reach the ship, which traditionally marks the turning point of the swimming course. Always at Angert’s feet: Sam Laidlow and nearly 20 other professionals including Iden and Blummenfelt. Also on the way back, the large group, led by Angert, stayed together and at one point only one athlete could not keep up with the pace: Patrick Lange, Hawaii champion in 2017 and 2018, initially struggled to catch up. to fetch. and then let go when he realized this was a hopeless undertaking, and fell back into the second group.
Only a few hundred meters before the swim exit, it was clear that Jan Sibbersen’s swimming record (46:29 minutes) would continue. Nevertheless, Angert made a strong start to his Hawaii debut in 48:15 minutes. Before Laidlow, he led the field out of the water and into the transition zone. There arose small scuffles due to the large number of athletes who wanted to switch to their bicycles almost at the same time. Around 1:30 minutes later, the second group also reached T1. In it, German pros Patrick Lange and Maurice Clavel as well as Danish Roth winner and co-favorite for the Hawaii crown Magnus Ditlev. Andreas Dreitz and Sebastian Kienle climbed 3:23 minutes and 4:42 minutes respectively after Angert from the Pacific. Kienle, in particular, had prominent companions with Cameron Wurf and Lionel Sanders.
“5 minutes for nothing!”
Once on the bike, it was Laidlow again who took the helm of the action. Together with Australian Max Neumann, the Frenchman took a lead of almost a minute over the first 15 kilometers. Behind him, Ditlev quickly made up for his swimming deficit and was soon riding with Angert, Blummenfelt and Iden in the first chasing group. And the wheel rocket from Denmark continued to pick up the pace. On his own, he joined the two front runners up to 80 kilometers. At the turning point in Hawi, however, Iden and Blummenfelt were already there again. Very bitter: Florian Angert lost his promising place in the first group due to a controversial five-minute time penalty. The Erdinger athlete passed Clement Mignon during an overtaking maneuver and sat between Jesper Svensson and Mignon. In the TV footage, the hole looked big enough for this maneuver, but the umpires decided otherwise. In the penalty box, Angert told the TV camera, “I don’t understand. You can drive into the canyon if there is enough space. This is so bitter.”
Moments later, the German triathlon fans received the following bad news, because Patrick Lange also got five minutes for alleged drafting. He didn’t understand that, “Five minutes for nothing”, he shouted angrily to his trainer Björn Geesmann at the side of the road. There is no TV footage of the scene. Only on Thursday there were numerous time penalties in the women’s race. This time, in addition to Angert and Lange, the pros also met Clement Mignon, Kristian Hogenhaug and later Magnus Ditlev.
Laidlow ignites the turbo on the way back to Kailua-Kona
Back to the race where Sam Laidlow kicked like crazy on the way back to Kailua-Kona. The 23-year-old placed minute by minute between himself and a group of four that included Blummenfelt, Iden, Neumann and Ditlev. Minutes later, Wurt and Kienle made it into the top ten first, then rallied more and more athletes, including Kyle Smith, Tim O’Donnell, and Jesper Svensson. Andreas Dreitz and Maurice Clavel also stayed in this group for a long time, but then had to give up. After his forced break from 30th place, Angert worked his way back into the top 20, while Lange came behind Lionel Sanders on a penalty. The Canadian World Cup runner-up from St. George didn’t have a good day this time.
Laidlow, on the other hand, had it and reached the second transition zone after an incredible 4:04:36 hour in the saddle. With this fantastic time, he broke the previous cycling record of the 180.2 kilometers set by Cameron Wurf by no less than five minutes. Exactly 6:15 minutes later, Iden, Blummenfelt and Neumann also jumped from their racing cars and gave chase. Shortly before Kailua-Kona, the small throwing group with Sebastian Kienle caught up with Magnus Ditlev, who was waiting in the penalty tent, and drove down Palani Road to the transition area about nine minutes after Laidlow.
From marathon record to course record
Anyone who thought the two Norwegians would make short work of it and pulverize the gorge to Laidlow in the first few miles was quickly mistaken. Because Laidlow never thought of getting caught so easily. Although his lead melted in almost every split, it was always only a few seconds. At the half marathon, Iden and Blummenfelt, who shrugged off Neumann after about five miles, only got half of their six-minute mortgage back. In the dreaded Energy Lab, they were still about two minutes behind, looking closely at their watch as Laidlow approached them at that moment.
Eventually, Iden couldn’t take it anymore. With an increase in speed, he shook off his training colleague and ran to Laidlow at 35 km. A slap on the back, then a handshake and that was it. No one would catch up with Iden that day. And that’s not all: in 2:36:15, the man from Bergen improved Patrick Lange’s six-year-old marathon record by three and a half minutes. Shortly before the finish, the reigning World Ironman 70.3 champion took the Norwegian flag and ran across the finish line cheering and high-fived with the fans. Behind them, Laidlow saved second for Blummenfelt and Neumann, who ran the marathon in 2:40:14 and made a surprisingly strong Hawaii debut in fourth.
And Kienle? On his ninth and final appearance on the Big Island, he broke the eight-hour mark for the first time. After a strong marathon, in which he overtook several rivals and only had to pass Joe Skipper, the 38-year-old finished sixth after 7:55:40. Patrick Lange also made up places in the run, finishing tenth in the top ten, Florian Angert was twelfth. For Maurice Clavel 8:15:25 AM was enough for 23rd place, Andreas Dreitz, who started with a wildcard after his crash in St. George, was 30th.
Ironman Hawaii 2022 World Championship | professional men
October 8, 2022 | Kailua-Kona (Hawaii/US)
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