Wednesday, 05 Oct, 2022

Blummenfelt: “Jumping back to Short Distance after Kona”

Ironman Hawaii updated start list: pro men. (Photo: Instagram Kristian Blummenfelt)

He seems to be doing it all at the same: winning gold at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2021, taking the victory of the World Triathlon Championship Series, noting the fastest (unofficial) finish time at a Long Distance during Ironman Cozumel, winning the Ironman World Championship in St. George, and then completing a Long Distance in less than seven hours: Kristian Blummenfelt is hot news. But even though the Long-Distance community embraces the Norwegian star athlete, he plans to go back to Short-Distance racing soon.

We better enjoy watching him race the Ironman World Championship on Hawaii this year – finally battling the GOAT Jan Frodeno and Gustav Iden – because after that Blummenfelt has said to shift his focus to Short-Distance racing again. On Instagram, he answered the following question: “Where is the next Ironman you are going to race after Kona?”. Blummenfelt replied: “Maybe Hawaii 2024. I’m jumping back to Short-Distance racing after Kona this year to focus on Paris 2024.”

It means we won’t only see Blummenfelt try to defend his Ironman World Championship title, but also his Olympic gold medal, but for the latter we will have to be a bit patient.

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