The triathlon community is holding its breath because everyone wants to know what will happen next Sunday at the Tri Battle Royale between Jan Frodeno and Lionel Sanders. We still have to wait four days and 15 hours (from the moment we are writing this) before the two world-class athletes compete in a head-to-head duel over 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of cycling and 42.2 kilometers of running.
All info can be found via the website for this special event. This is how they describe Frodeno and Sanders as athletes.
“Jan Frodeno has won everything that matters over the course of a career that now spans two decades. The German Gentleman, who lives and trains in Girona, Spain, is known for his precision and elegance on and off the triathlon course. Jan holds the current world record, is the reigning Kona champ and won the Olympic Games in 2008. Despite his unquestionable success, Jan still finds ways to raise the bar further, all while inspiring others. The goal of the Tri Battle Royale is to achieve that once again. No more. No less.”
“Lionel is battle-hardened and knows how to put up a fight. During his university years he struggled with an unhealthy lifestyle and personal issues. But, determined to be better, Lionel fought his way back and now is the hottest competitor for the ultimate triathlon crown. He is a multiple IRONMAN champion and winner of the ITU Long Distance World Championships 2017. Maybe there is no one in the business who loves breaking boundaries like the Canadian Powerhouse. He developes the form for his victories with infamously hard training sessions, where he goes right to the limit and above. A perfect challenger for Jan.”