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Ironman world champion Anne Haug tests positive for COVID-19 at Challenge Miami

German champion not showing symptoms at this point

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Those of us wondering why Anne Haug wasn’t at yesterday’s press conference at Challenge Miami got our answer this morning – in an Instagram post she announced that she’s tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, even with all of the safety measures I’ve taken over the past several months to prepare for a healthy race with Challenge North America @challengemiami in Miami, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19,” she writes. “This news is devastating as I’ve been so eager to race against the best in the sport and take on the beast of a course that is @homesteadmiami Speedway.”

“Thankfully, in compliance with Challenge North America’s policies and CDC guidelines, I’ve been quarantining since arrival and have been able to stay isolated even while testing,” she continues. “Since testing positive, I’ve checked out of the athlete hotel and will be quarantining and will continue to follow CDC guidelines. I wish my fellow athletes the best of luck on the course and I’ll see you all at Challenge Daytona.”

It would appear that the 2019 Ironman world champion is not experiencing any symptoms at this point.

“I‘m very happy that I‘m feeling well at the moment and Challenge North America is taking really good care of me,” she writes.

After receiving a drafting penalty at the PTO Championship at Challenge Daytona, Haug ran her way to a runner-up finish behind Canada’s Paula Findlay. There was lots of anticipation for the rematch in Miami today, with three-time Kona runner-up Lucy Charles-Barclay added to the mix in what will no-doubt be an exciting women’s race.