Arena Games Final in London draws three-time Olympic medalist and Ironman world champion
Beth Potter and Cassandra Beaugrand added to women's field in LondonPhoto by: Kevin Mackinnon
We saw how much hype the addition of Lionel Sanders made to the field at the Arena Games in Montreal. Now the Super League crew have signed on two more big names to highlight the upcoming Arena Games event in London – reigning Ironman world champion Gustav Iden (NOR) and three-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Brownlee (GBR).
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Neither Iden or Brownlee will be eligible to go after the overall World Championship which is decided from the best result from either of the first two Arena Games events in 2023 – Montreal and Switzerland – combined with the Final, as neither competed in those events. American Chase McQueen won the first event in the series, with South African Henri Schoeman taking the win in Switzerland.
The women’s field will also see some new firepower added to the mix in the form of Beth Potter (GBR) and Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA). Potter is fresh off her first WTCS win in Abu Dhabi and the 2022 Arena Games Triathlon champion. Beaugrand won the Arena Games event in London last year. American Gina Sereno won the women’s race in Montreal, while Zsanett Bragmayer took the title in Switzerland.
While Iden has the Ironman World Championship and two Ironman 70.3 world titles to his name, he’s looking to compete at the Olympics in Paris next year. Brownlee will look to add to his three-medal haul at the Olympics (bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016 in the individual race, gold in the mixed relay in Tokyo).