Norwegian Iden becomes world champion with course record

Status: 09.10.2022 02:27 am

The new Ironman World Champion is from Norway and is called Gustav Iden. The triathlete wins in Hawaii with a new course record. Veteran Sebastian Kienle finished sixth in his farewell performance.

Gustav Iden has become Ironman world champion with a brilliant race. After a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a marathon, the Norwegian caught the surprising second-placed Sam Laidlow from France and won with a new course record of 7:40:24. With that he left top favorite and compatriot Kristian Blummenfelt behind, who finished third.

“It was so very hard. The last kilometers the island really tried to get me down”said Victor Iden. “It was really epic.”

Anne Haug took third place in a thrilling Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The 39-year-old lost a gripping duel for second place when outsider Chelsea Sodaro won.

The best German was Sebastian Kienle in sixth place, who set another exclamation point with his last race in Hawaii. Like Florian Angert, former world champion Patrick Lange was given a time penalty while cycling and was therefore no longer able to fight for the top positions.

Sanctions for Lange and Angert

When swimming at the start of the most important triathlon event of the year, no preliminary decision was made. 19 athletes came together out of the water in a large group led by Angert and Laidlow. Lange, who was not in the group, also had a good starting position with a deficit of less than 1:30 minutes.

But on the bike course, German hopes were abruptly stopped. Both Lange and Angert, who was well up front, broke the slipstream rules and had to enter the penalty area for five minutes. Both were thus far behind, had to move in weaker groups and lost a lot of time. Things were much better for Kienle, who continuously overtook and started the marathon in eighth place.

Laidlow keeps it exciting until just before the end

However, the second discipline was dominated by someone else, namely the Frenchman Laidlow. The 23-year-old broke the cycling record in Hawaii by more than four minutes and started the final marathon with a clear lead over the two Norwegian favorites Iden and Blummenfelt.

And if you thought Laidlow had used up all his energy for this record, you were wrong. The youngster withstood the attacks of the Norwegians up to kilometer 35 before Iden finally caught him. Top favorite Blummenfelt, who had already won the rescheduled 2021 World Cup in Utah in May, could no longer keep up with the pace of the eventual world champion. No wonder: in addition to the course record, Iden also improved the marathon record in Kona by 2:36:15.

Long in the top ten

Behind him, Kienle also performed well on the track, finishing sixth behind Iden, Laidlow, Blummenfelt, the surprisingly strong Australian Max Neumann and Joe Skipper from Great Britain. Patrick Lange’s performance was also striking: the world champion of 2017 and 2018 ran a top marathon and climbed up to tenth place.

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