Already the sheer numbers give an idea of what these athletes call for a performance: 3.86 kilometers swimming, 180.2 kilometers cycling and 42.2 kilometers running. In the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the athletes go to their limits and beyond. In seven hours, 51 minutes and 13 seconds and thus new record time triumphed the German superstar Jan Frodeno in waves, wind and heat. After 2015 and 2016 it is already his third title in Hawaii. "I think it was the day I've been looking for my career," said the 38-year-old in the interview after his victory on record.
And of course Frodeno gave numerous interviews as a great triumphant. One of them caused a curious scene. When Frodeno just wants to answer a question to a journalist behind the camera right behind the finish line, the athlete is jostled roughly from behind and stumbles a step forward. At first he looks irritated, but when he sees who has just pushed him there, the irritation gives way to a mischievous grin. "Oh, that was Alistair Brownlee with a small body check, can not he lose?" The reporter asks. Visibly amused, Frodeno answers: "Nah, that has always been a bum." Shortly afterwards, "We have never understood each other and will never understand each other."
Disappointed Brownlee jostles Frodeno
The Briton Brownlee is two-time trithlon world champion on the short distance, two-time Olympic champion and won his first Ironman in Ireland in the summer. For the World Cup in Hawaii, he was considered one of the secret favorites. For long stretches he kept on the bike despite a flat foot with the leading professionals, but then fell back significantly. He finally reached the finish in 21st place, more than half an hour after Frodeno. Out of sheer frustration he let himself be carried away to the inappropriate Rempler.
Incidentally, the big sporting drama had already offered this year's Ironman World Championship during the race: last year's winner Patrick Lange had had a slight fever in the run-up to the start but was still able to keep up well in swimming. After 70 kilometers on the bike, however, he had to give up after he had become black in front of his eyes. Frodeno held on to his instead, after all, the German winning streak. Since 2013, no athlete from another nation has triumphed on Hawaii.