PTO doesn’t count Kristian Blummenfelt’s fastest time and removes it from record list

It’s most likely he won’t be too bothered by it himself – in fact, probably not at all – but the PTO is not counting Kristian Blummenfelt’s fastest Long Distance time at Ironman Cozumel last month (7:21:12, ed.) on their statistics page of fastest times over the Long Distance.

The decision not to include Blummenfelt’s time is not surprising, as the swim was completed in the sea with a strong current from behind for 3.8 kilometers. Blummenfelt therefore took only 39 minutes for the swim. On the other hand, the deletion of his time is remarkable, because the PTO does count the times from the Tri Battle Royale, where Jan Frodeno, under ideal conditions, set a 7:27:53 record (ideal swim line, special ramps so there were no tricky turns in the course, moving cars and spectators who were aloud to pass on food/drinks, ed.). Earlier the PTO posted that Blummenfelt had set a new world record, but now they appear to have changed that decision.