Kristian Blummenfelt ended the German Ironman era among the men with the crowning glory of his clearing year, Anne Haug no longer submitted a famous mileage to a new triumph. Despite a courageous appearance, Haug was unable to defend her title in St. George on Saturday at the catch-up world championship over 3.86 kilometers, 180.2 kilometers of cycling and 42.2 kilometers. The Swiss top triathlete Daniela Ryf celebrated a sovereign victory and crowned herself for the fifth time. Second, Kat Matthews from Great Britain, then Haug finished in the Frauenfeld with the fastest marathon era.
A few minutes earlier, the next chapter of his grandiose success story had written there a few minutes earlier. The 28-year-old Norwegian became an Olympic champion in Tokyo last year, won the World Cup title over the short distance and set up a world’s best in his Ironman debut. In St. George, officially the 2021 World Cup, Blumfelt confirmed in a thinned professional field, among other things, without the multiple world champions Jan Frodeno after a partial tear of the Achilles tendon and Patrick Lange Lange after a shoulder injury.
Angert is the best German
Second at the first World Cup not in Hawaii, Lionel Sanders from Canada in front of Braden Currie from New Zealand. As the best German, Florian Anger from Weinheim came to fifth place at his World Cup premiere. “I’ve never been so happy to see the goal,” Anger said in the broadcast of Hessischer Rundfunk. Ex-world champion Sebastian Kienle had to come to terms with 14th place, who had initiated the era of German World Cup successes with his triumph in 2014. FRODENO had won 2015, 2016 and 2019, long in 2017 and 2018.
In 2019 over 900 days ago, Anne Haug also crowned the Ironman world champion. When a miniature cannon sent the 40 professional men to the water of Sand Hollow Park Reservoir on Saturday at 6:15 a.m. The water was cold about 16 to 18 degrees, unlike in Hawaii in the warm Pacific, all warming neoprene suits. Haug, who started her exhausting working day with a total of 20 professional women, was still wearing a wetskap under her red bathing cap with the inscription F1.
No Ironman is won on the almost four kilometers of swimming, but it is said. So for Angert, who is considered the strongest swimmer of the four German professional men, and for Haug, who only has their strength at the end of the day while running, to either be directly in the management group or in a tracking pack, which is strong on the bike. The invoice went up at Angert, who rose from the water as fifth and on his blue-metallic bike and Haug, who was able to hold Ryf in the chase group.
It went worse for Kienle, who was almost four and a half minutes slower than angry. When moving on the bike, he did not really get the racing suit properly, the helmet lock also felt. Blummenfelt, who was traveling with a very idiosyncratic new high-tech bike, stayed in the persecution, first drove his own race. His time would still come.
Haug must have it offset
Like Anne Haug? After pushing the wet neoprene suit over her ankles with difficulty, she had to let the chaser group drive away with Ryf in the course of the cycling and roll out kilometers by kilometers for a while. Another mental burden. No view of the sometimes impressive backdrop in bright sunshine and the massive red canyons.
Almost two and a half thousand meters, always up and down, the bike course also had little to do with that in Hawaii. Kienle was around 30 kilometers before moving into the running shoes over seven minutes behind the tip. A place on the podium like 2019 in Hawaii as third – far away.
Just like for Anne Haug first place. She had over a quarter of an hour behind the running route on Ryf. “Anne will not run tactically,” announced Coach Lorang. Motto: all in! “She doesn’t want to push the calm ball.” And so Haug attacked, did a good minute by minute, while Angert missed his special food package, which was digesting and struggling towards the end: “I only had the last five kilometers.”