Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the reigning Olympic and Ironman 70.3 world champion, has added his name to an impressive list of competitors for this year’s Super League Triathlon Championship Series. After his big win in Tokyo in 2021, Blummenfelt would go on to become the 2021 Ironman World Champion (pictured above – the race was contested in St. George in May, 2022). He finished third in Kona last year behind countryman Gustav Iden and France’s Sam Laidlow, then took the 70.3 title in St. George a few weeks later.
Blummenfelt now has his sights set on defending his Olympic title next year, and has returned to World Triathlon racing, but continues to keep his hand in the long-distance race scene, too. He took second at the PTO European Open in Ibiza and looks to embark on a crazy 10 days of racing in August when he takes in the Paris Test Event, flies overnight to compete in the PTO Asian Open in Singapore and then heads back to Europe the following weekend to try to defend his 70.3 title.
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Today it was announced that the Olympic champ will join most of the pre-Olympic favourites for the Paris Games as part of the Super League Triathlon Championship Series, which kicks off this year in London, U.K. on August 27. That’s the same day as the men’s race for the 70.3 worlds. Blummenfelt has confirmed he will skip the first race and compete at the remaining three races in the series.
The Super League Triathlon 2023 Championship Series includes four events:
August 27: London, UK
September 3: Toulouse, France
September 30: Malibu, USA
October 21: NEOM, Saudi Arabia
Blummenfelt joins a strong field of participants that includes most of the favourites for Paris including reigning World Triathlon Championship Series champion Leo Bergere, Alex Yee, Hayden Wilde and Matt Hauser.
Confirmed 2023 Championship Series athletes:
Female: Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA), Beth Potter (GBR), Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Taylor Spivey (USA), Katie Zaferes (USA), Summer Rappaport (USA), Kate Waugh (GBR), Olivia Mathias (GBR), Fanni Szalai (HUN), Verena Steinhauser (ITA), Miriam Casillas Garcia (ESP), Nicole van der Kaay (NZL), Barbara De Koning (NED), Jess Fullagar (GBR), Alice Betto (ITA).
Male: Jonny Brownlee (GBR), Alex Yee (GBR), Hayden Wilde (NZL), Matt Hauser (AUS), Vincent Luis (FRA), Henri Schoeman (RSA), Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), Vasco Vilaça (POR), Léo Bergere (FRA), Chase McQueen (USA), Seth Rider (USA), Shachar Sagiv (ISR), Kenji Nener (JPN), Max Stapley (GBR), Emil Holm (DEN), Dan Dixon (GBR), Taylor Reid (NZL), Sergio Baxter Cabrera (ESP), Robert Sanchez Mantecon (ESP), Vitalli Vorontsov (UKR), Adrien Briffod (SUI).