Gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt after Tokyo: “I want to win Kona this year”

(Photo: Wagner Araujo, World Triathlon)

It’s only just a few days since we saw Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt put together an amazing race in Tokyo, which earned him an impressive gold medal, but he’s already back in training and shifting his focus to some long distance work. In three weeks time, Blummenfelt plans to race Ironman Frankfurt, where he hopes to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona. A crazy plan, but it’s not complete yet. Just participating is not the goal, the goal is – again – gold. “I want to win Kona this year,” he said in a World Triathlon podcast. But still…that’s not all…Blummenfelt says he’s also going to work hard to win the World Triathlon Championship Series. In order to achieve that, he will need to be in great shape for the WTCS-finals in Edmonton and finish ahead of silver medalist Alex Yee to lead the rankings.

“It’s going to be tough, but I will give it a try. I just need to get home, jump on the TT bike and get some long rides in,” he said in the show. Blummenfelt has got some busy weeks ahead of him. While building up towards Frankfurt, the media will be asking for a lot of his time, especially since the local hero just put triathlon on the radar in Norway. “Maybe I’ll do some interviews while I’m riding,” he comments.

No one has every won Olympic gold and won Kona within the same year. Jan Frodeno has won both titles during his career. We will have to see how much of these plans Blummenfelt can turn into reality, but one thing is certain – the Norwegian is in the shape of his life.