Jon Saeveras Breivold just won the brutal Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in a time of 9:23:28 hours. With that he broke the previous course record with more than half an hour. The Norwegian athlete finished well ahead of the second-place man, which was Kristian Grue (+24:10). At the time of writing Norway’s Allan Hovda was running in third place (+33:27).
Saeveras Breivold was well in the mix straight from the start. Although, there is no information available about his swim time – given the fact that his timing chip wasn’t working – the Norwegian athlete was in the front from that first discipline on. During the bike part, he created a buffer of five minutes towards his fastest chaser: Grue.
Saeveras Breivold started his run after 5:47:55 hours. The Norseman bike course contains 3600 meters of elevation, but after that athletes continue to be challenged by climbs, as the run is good for another 2500 meters of elevation. Especially, the last kilometers of the marathon are tough, as athletes will climb up an extremely steep hill to reach the finish line at 1800 meters altitude. Those who make the cut-off for the start of this part of the race – down at the start of the climb, at 32K – can continue their battle to try to obtain the famous black finishers shirt.
Saeveras Breivold eventually needed 3:35:33 hours to complete the marathon, which was not only good for a black finishers shirt, but also the victory of this special event.