While Jan Frodeno may have had the race of his life on Saturday, winning the Ironman World Championship for the second year in a row, the German star athlete gave several interviews post-race explaining that the win wasn’t as easy as it looked.
“Physically it was a tough day for me,” he said in a video interview with Triathlete.
The 2008 Olympic gold-medalist then goes on to say that part of the reason for the tough day was that he couldn’t make a break from the lead swim group he was with.
“That was partly thanks to Harry Wiltshire,” Frodeno went on to say of the Great Britain pro, who was the first man out of the water. In the video, he turns to look straight into the camera and continues, “If you’re watching this, you’re a prick.”
Frodeno continues: “He basically swam on top of me and properly disturbed me intentionally the whole way back, that was a really unsportsmanlike move from him.”
This isn’t the first time the British athlete has gotten himself into trouble during the swim leg of a race. Back in 2011 when Wiltshire was racing on the ITU circuit, he received a six-month ban for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after video footage proved he intentionally swam over top-ranked athlete Javier Gomez at a world series event.
After Frodeno’s interview was released, Whitshire addressed the issue over twitter, calling the accusations “false.”
Congratulation to @janfrodeno a fantastic performance and deserved champion. However unbecoming and unnecessary to make false accusations.
— Harry Wiltshire (@harrywiltshire) October 9, 2016
Frodeno has not publicly replied to Wiltshire’s tweet.
Wiltshire placed 114th overall in the race in a time of 9:24:18.