There was certainly lots of drama here in Utah today as the reigning Olympic gold medalist, Kristian Blummenfelt, overcame the “disappointment” (his viewpoint, not ours!) of a third-place finish in Kona three weeks ago to take his first Ironman 70.3 world title. It was the second world title he’s won here in the scenic city in southern Utah, and makes him only the second man to win the Olympic gold medal, the Ironman World Championship and the Ironman 70.3 World title. (He joins Jan Frodeno in that heady crowd.)
The day featured lots of dramatic action:
Of course, there’s Blummenfelt’s dramatic win, that came after he pulled ahead of Ben Kanute with just a few km to go.
A tough day for the recent Kona champion, Gustav Iden, who came into the race seemingly emotionally drained and would eventually drop out.
A huge race for Ben Kanute, who earned his second runner-up finish at a 70.3 worlds after a challenging season.
A sixth-place finish for Jackson Laundry, who bounced back with a strong bike and run after a tough swim.
A huge field of 4,000 age group men (there were 2,000 women who competed yesterday) – there were 104 countries represented here in Utah this weekend.
All on a spectacular course that features some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.
There’s lots more drama for us to get to, as well – bear with us and we’ll get you more stories in the coming days. For now let us just bring you a recap of today’s exciting pro race with these photos: