Kailua-Kona He’s busy in Hawaii. It’s time for the Ironman. Over 5000 triathletes have qualified for the World Championships. Moving examples show what can be achieved with the will.
What’s new at Ironman Hawaii 2022?
This is the novelty of the World Cup in Hawaii. For the first time there will be two Ironman races. Thursday led by the female professionals with German podium and the possibility of a title, Saturday by the male professionals. Does the German series rip there on Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona? Professional athletes along with those for hobbies, this is also the Ironman World Championship. And it is precisely in the field of age groups, which this time is huge, that remarkable life paths can be found.
Why do professional men and women no longer start together?
The cause is Corona. The 2020 and 2021 World Cup in Hawaii had to be canceled due to the pandemic. The previous year’s title was awarded at a catch-up event in May of this year in St. George, in the US state of Utah. Many beginners in the age group, who always make up the majority of participants in Hawaii, saved their starting spot in Hawaii, which they had fought hard for by qualifying to another Ironman around the world. The result: instead of the usual 2,500 women and men, this time over 5,000 can compete.
What are the chances of another German victory?
Anne Haug and Jan Frodeno won the last edition of Hawaii in 2019. For Haug (39) it was the first World Cup triumph, she was also crowned as the first German woman. Frodeno (41) won for the third time and continued the streak of German successes in Hawaii started by Sebastian Kienle in 2014. Kienle will also be there, unlike Frodeno, who had to cancel his departure due to injury.
Kienle (38) estimates his chances of winning at only five percent. Patrick Lange (36) is the other champion of the black, red and gold era. He injured his shoulder in a fall from a wheel in February and had to retire from the recovery World Championships in St. George. A corona infection deprived him of much training time in July. Everyone, including the other German participants, will have to compete with one thing in particular: the Utah winner, the Olympic champion, the short distance world champion and the super dominator Kristian Blummenfelt (28). It will still be the debut in Hawaii for the Norwegian.
Which women have the best chances?
Besides Haug, Laura Philipp (35) is a favorite of women. She is the fastest woman on Ironman distance and also at half distance. And she wants to compensate for missing the World Cup in May due to a corona infection. But as for men, the competition is also huge for women: the Swiss Daniela Ryf (35), winner of Utah, five times Ironman world champion or the British Lucy Charles-Barclay (29), injured in May and three- time vice world champion from Hawaii, just to name two.
Where can you watch the World Cup?
On the one hand, of course, on the spot. However, inflation, two years of bankruptcy and this year’s massive event have pushed prices up again. Ironman himself will broadcast the LIVE event on both days of the 2022 Ironman World Championship on Facebook. ZDF shows Thursday and Saturday from 6.15 pm live streaming, the women’s decision on Friday evening is reported by “sportstudio live on ZDF from 00:45 to 03:30 and the men’s competition on Sunday evening from 00:25 to 3:00.
Which participants should special attention be paid to?
None of the more than 5,000 owners are younger than 19-year-old Canadian Rachel Welsford. And he is the eldest: Warren Hill, 82. Qualified after winning his age group – 80-84 – at the last edition of Hawaii in 2019. But there is also former Belgian basketball pro Sebastien Bellin, who is more than two meters tall and has suffered severe leg injuries in the Brussels bouts in 2016. Or former Super Bowl winner and NFL pro Dallas Clark. Or the “Tagesschau” spokesperson Thorsten Schröder after having successfully qualified for the European Championships in Frankfurt am Main this year. Or Chris Nikic, who was the first Down syndrome triathlete to complete an Ironman and now wants to make his debut in Hawaii. His motto: improve by one percent every day. Or the British Sam Holness, 29 and autistic, nicknamed “Super Sam”.