Blummenfelt set world record
Triathlete Kristian Blummenfelt ran to a world record on Sunday at the Ironman distance in Cozumel, Mexico. He completed 3.86 kilometers of swimming, 180.25 kilometers of cycling and a marathon (42,195 meters) running in the time 7.21.12.
Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt underlined his status as the greatest triathlete on the planet right now with a consummate performance in Edmonton on Saturday afternoon to take both the gold and the 2021 world title, the first man to do so in the same year as winning the Olympic Games.
Marten Van Riel (BEL) had piled on the pressure thanks to a great three-way break on the bike along with 2020 champion Vincent Luis and Hungary’s Mark Devay, but Blummenfelt had driven on the large chasing train for much of the 40km ride to ensure he was still well in touch out onto the 10km run.
With his main challenger for the title Alex Yee a good 90 seconds back off the bike, the Norwegian stayed patient for 8km then timed his surge to perfection, just as he had in Tokyo, Van Riel and Leo Bergere (FRA) ensuring a grandstand finish as the three summoned an almighty sprint for the line, Blummenfelt roaring in celebration, the Belgian taking silver by a whisker. That also meant the Series silver for Van Riel, while Yee was able to run his way into 11th in the race and overall bronze.