Klitowitz (dpa) – In the end, Christian Blumenfelt had to sit for a moment, then the new triathlon star in his golden shoes jumped in a circle with his assistants. The 28-year-old gave Lausitz’s next big show.
The Olympic champion, ironman and world short-distance champion from Norway was the first to break the magic seven-hour mark of 3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling and 42.2 km running – albeit under special circumstances that made such remarkable. possible time in the first place. We did it, it was hard,” Blumenfelt said after 6:44:26 hours of hard physical labor.
Briton Joe Skipper also stayed well under seven hours at 6:47:36. Blumenfelt also set the record for a race under usual conditions at 7:21:12 hours. In the women’s class, British Ironman vice world champion Katrina Matthews celebrated after 7:31:54 hours, while Nicola Spirigg of Switzerland completed the course in 7:34:19 hours. The goal for both was to break the eight-hour mark. Chrissy Wellington set the record for a race under normal conditions – without slipping or a pacemaker – in 2011 in the Ruth Challenge at 8:18:13 hours, at the Ironman European Championships in Hamburg Laura Philippe triumphed in 8:18:20 hours .
Frodino decided not to start
Just a month after his first Ironman World Championship win, Blumenfelt proved his current exceptional standing, even if the German superstars are absent for various reasons. After initial discussions, three-time champion Jan Frodino decided not to start long before he injured his Achilles tendon. According to her management, 2019 Hawaii World Champion Anne Hogg and 3rd in St. George’s Fights was not asked. Philip started in Hamburg.
With Blumenfelt committed, the organizers, who had originally planned the Daytona race in the United States, were able to carry out a coup. Less than a year ago he became the Olympic champion in Tokyo, and also won the world short-distance championship title, the strong athlete from Bergen made his debut at Ironman in Mexico in November 2021, and won for the second time at Ironman in early May. – It was postponed and awarded the World Cup to St. George.
Pacemaker allowed in Lusatia
Blumenfelt was also unbeatable in Brandenburg. Like the other three, he was allowed to use up to ten pacemakers, while while swimming he used the so-called water shadow Lars Boteler, the seven-time Dutch long-distance champion. An hour before the men, Matthews and Spirigg started with their assistants – including top-ranked German long-distance swimmer Angela Maurer (Team Spirig) – at Lake Senftenberg.
Nearly four kilometers forward, without losing time at the buoys, the woman and man in front served as guidance. In contrast to the women, there was a five-minute gap between the two men after the first change.
With their assistants in front, they cycled to Lausitzring, after nearly 20 kilometers the formations raced across the racetrack as in the Tour de France. Blummenfelt and Co. have managed to It saves energy downstream and is still exceptionally fast.
The fact that Skipper loudly beat Blomenfelt on his partially gold-coated bike during his incredible 3:16-hour run of 180.2 kilometres was something he later regretted when the Norwegian overtook him on the almost 25 kilometer running track to the go event again. “I’m back,” Blumenfelt said, laughing. Even the shock moments on the bike or while jogging, when one of his bike buddies fell while taking his drinking bottle, she couldn’t stop him.