Ironman Hawaii 2022: Favorites, TV Broadcast, German Contestants

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Questions and Answers about the Ironman 2022 in Hawaii

Hawaii is busy. It’s Ironman time. More than 5000 triathletes have qualified for the World Championships. Gripping examples show what can be achieved with willpower.

What’s New at Ironman Hawaii 2022?

It’s about the World Cup novelty in Hawaii. For the first time there are two Ironman races. Thursday led by the professional women with German podium and title chances, Saturday by the professional men. Is the German series tearing up there on Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona? Professional athletes as well as hobby athletes, that’s also the Ironman World Championship. And it is precisely in the field of age groups, which is huge this time around, that remarkable life paths can be found.

Route and numbers for the World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii.

Route and numbers for the World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii.
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Why don’t the pro women and men start together anymore?

The cause is corona. The 2020 and 2021 World Cup in Hawaii had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Last year’s title was awarded at a catch-up event in May this year in St. George, Utah. Many starters in the age group, who always make up the bulk of the participants in Hawaii, have saved their starting places in Hawaii, which they fought hard for by qualifying at another Ironman worldwide. The result: instead of the usual 2,500 ladies and gentlemen, more than 5,000 can participate this time.

What are the chances of another German victory?

Anne Haug and Jan Frodeno won the last Hawaii edition in 2019. For Haug (39) it was the first World Cup triumph, she was also crowned as the first German woman. Frodeno (41) won for the third time and continued the string of German Hawaii successes that Sebastian Kienle had started in 2014. Kienle will also be back, unlike Frodeno, who had to cancel his start due to an injury.

Kienle (38) estimates his chances of winning at only five percent. Patrick Lange (36) is the other champion of the black, red and gold era. He injured his shoulder in a wheel fall in February and had to withdraw from the catch-up race at the World Championships in St. George. A corona infection robbed him of a lot of training time in July. Everyone, including the other German participants, will have to compete with one thing in particular: Utah winner, Olympic champion, world short distance champion and super-dominant Kristian Blummenfelt (28). However, it will be the Norwegian’s Hawaii debut.

Which women have the most opportunities?

Besides Haug, Laura Philipp (35) is one of the favorites for women. She is the fastest woman in the Ironman distance and also in the half distance. And she wants to compensate for missing the World Cup in May due to a corona infection. But as with the men, competition is fierce among the women too: Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf (35), Utah winner, five-time Ironman World Champion or Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay (29), injured in May and three-time vice-champion. world champion from Hawaii, to name just two.

Where can you watch the World Cup?

On the one hand, of course, on site. But inflation, two years of failure and this year’s massive event have pushed prices back up. Ironman will broadcast the event itself LIVE on Facebook on both days of Ironman World Championship 2022. ZDF shows on Thursday and Saturday from 6.15 pm via live stream, the decision of the women on Friday evening will be reported by ‚Äúsportstudio live on ZDF from 00.45 am to 03.30 am and the men’s race on Sunday evening from 00.25 am to 3.00 am.

Which participants should you pay particular attention to?

None of the more than 5,000 starters is younger than 19-year-old Canadian Rachel Welsford. And he’s the oldest: Warren Hill, 82 years old. Qualified after winning his age group – 80-84 years old – at the last Hawaii edition in 2019. But there is also former Belgian basketball player Sebastien Bellin, who is over two meters tall and suffered serious leg injuries in the attacks in Brussels in 2016. Or former Super Bowl winner and NFL pro Dallas Clark. Or again the “Tagesschau” spokesman Thorsten Schr√∂der after the successful qualification at the European Championships in Frankfurt/Main this year. Or Chris Nikic, who was the first Down syndrome triathlete to complete an Ironman and now wants to make his Hawaiian debut. His motto: get one percent better every day. Or Briton Sam Holness, 29 years old and autistic, nicknamed “Super Sam”.

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