Triathlete Kristian Blummenfelt has smashed the world record at his Ironman debut in Cozumel.
The 27-year-old Norwegian crossed the finish line in Mexico at the classic distance (3.8 kilometers swimming, 180 kilometers cycling and a marathon running) after 7.21.12. With this he remained more than six minutes below the old record that had been held by the German Jan Frodeno since July with 7.27.53.
Blummenfelt won Olympic gold in Tokyo last summer. After that, in August in Edmonton, Canada, he also took the world title at the Olympic distance (1.5 kilometers swimming, 40 kilometers cycling and 10 kilometers running).
In Cozumel, the Norwegian was more than fifteen minutes ahead of the Swiss Reudi Wild, who took second place. Germany’s Paul Schuster came in third.