Not only is Gustav Iden the second consecutive Norwegian to win the men’s world title, he also shattered Jan Frodeno’s 2019 course record
(Reuters) – Gustav Iden won his first Ironman World Championship in a course record time in Hawaii on Saturday, becoming the second straight Norwegian to win the men’s event.
Iden produced strong performances in the swim and bike legs before clocking 2:36:15 on the run to chase down France’s Sam Laidlow and clinch victory with an overall time of 7:40:24 on the Big Island.
Laidlow finished second and Iden’s compatriot Kristian Blummenfelt, who won in 2021, claimed third place.
“That was so freaking hard,” said Iden, two-time winner of the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
“The last 10 kilometers, I was worried about the legend of the island killing me. Everything was going pretty smoothly up until I caught Sam.
“Then when I passed him, the island really tried to put me down. I’m so proud of Sam and Kristian—even though Kristian should’ve come second.”
American Chelsea Sodaro stormed to victory in the women’s event on Thursday, 18 months after giving birth to her daughter.
The Ironman comprises a 3.8-kilometer swim, 180-kilometer bike ride, and 42.2-kilometer run. The race was first held in 1978 to settle a friendly argument among Hawaiian endurance athletes as to who was the fittest.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)
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