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Triathlon: Blummenfelt’s record attempt under “laboratory conditions”

For the organizers, it’s about nothing less than overcoming the “limits of human performance”. A new challenge for the king of triathletes: Olympic champion and Ironman world champion Kristian Blummenfelt came to the tranquil Lower Lusatia to set a special record. On Sunday, the Norwegian swims, bikes and runs against the clock and for an entry in the history books.

Blummenfelt (28) has plenty of self-confidence, even more so than when he won the World Cup last month in St. George/Utah. Does he feel unbeatable at the moment? “Perhaps a little bit on long-haul routes,” he said before the record attempt entitled “Sub7” – under seven hours.

In the women’s race, Nicola Spirig from Switzerland and Vice World Champion Katrina Matthews (Great Britain) are fighting against the eight-hour limit. “It’s a big challenge for me. I’m really excited to have the chance to make history,” said Spirig, Olympic champion from London 2012. Being the first to crack the “Sub8″ would be a great achievement.” .

Rules have been relaxed

The athletes are supported by pacemakers, and other rules have also been relaxed: for example, riding in the slipstream on the bike (180.2 km) and a thicker neoprene suit that provides buoyancy is permitted when swimming (3.86 km). “Team selection is key here,” said Blummenfelt. In the past two years, he has been concerned with finding pacemakers for the bike course, the “central part” of the race.

But the route should also favor the record: in Senftenberger See it goes straight ahead, no turning should cost time. It is 20 kilometers by bike to the Lausitzring, on the racetrack the helpers are able to achieve best performances on the bike and in the final marathon over 42.195 km to beat the world record.

Blummenfelt holds that too, he completed the Ironman distance on the Mexican island of Cozumel last November in 7:21:12 hours and thus undercut Jan Frodeno – the Brit Chrissie Wellington holds the best time for women (8:18:13/ 2011). “It’s time to get a little bit faster,” said Blummenfelt, smiling.

Frodeno not at the start

The three-time world champion Frodeno, who missed the World Cup due to an Achilles tendon injury, is not at the start in Lausitz. The World Cup third Anne Haug is not there either. Brits Matthews and Joe Skipper are standing in for Lucy Charles-Barclay and Alistair Brownlee at short notice.

The record attempt is reminiscent of the “1:59 Challenge” in Vienna. In October 2019, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run the marathon in under two hours (1:59:40.2). The world athletics association World Athletics does not list the time as a world record because it was not achieved under official conditions. The Guinness Book of World Records holders recorded Kipchoge.

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