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It’s busy in Hawaii. It’s Iron Man time. More than 5,000 triathletes qualified for the World Championships. Moving examples show what can be achieved with will.

It comes at the World Cup new in Hawaii. For the first time there will be two Ironman races. Thursday led by the professional women with German podium and title chances, Saturday by the professional men. Is the German series tearing up there on Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona? Professional athletes along with hobby athletes, this is also the Ironman World Championship. And it is precisely in the age group field, which is large this time, that remarkable life paths can be found.

Why professional women and men no longer start together

The cause is Corona. The 2020 and 2021 World Cup tournaments in Hawaii had to be canceled due to the pandemic. The previous year’s title was won in May this year at a catch-up event in St. George in the US state of Utah. Many age group starters, who always make up the bulk of the participants in Hawaii, saved their hard-fought Hawaii start spot by qualifying at another Ironman worldwide. The result: instead of the usual 2,500 women and men, more than 5,000 can compete this time.

What are the chances of another German victory

Anne Haug and Jan Frodeno won the last Hawaii edition 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, continuing the streak of German Hawaii successes that Sebastian Kienle started in 2014. Kienle will also be there again, unlike Frodeno, who had to cancel his start due to injury.

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Kienle (38) estimates his chances of winning at just five percent. Patrick Lange (36) is the other champion of the black, red and gold era. He injured his shoulder in a wheel fall in February and had to sit out the overtaking world championships in St. One Corona infection robbed him of a lot of training time in July. Everyone, including the other German participants, will have to compete with one thing in particular: Utah winner, Olympic champion, short distance world champion and super dominator Kristian Blummenfelt (28). However, this will be the Hawaii debut for the Norwegian.

In addition to Haug, Laura Philipp (35) is one of the favorites for women. She is the fastest woman over the Ironman distance and also the half way. And she wants to make up for missing the World Cup in May due to a corona infection. But as with the men, the competition is also enormous for the women: the Swiss Daniela Ryf (35), winner of Utah, five-time Ironman World Champion or the Briton Lucy Charles-Barclay (29), who was injured in May and three times under world champion from Hawaii, to name just two.

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Kienle can now tackle the Ironman World Championship “for free”.

On the one hand of course on the site. However, inflation, two years of failure and this year’s mass event have pushed prices up again. Ironman itself will broadcast the event live on Facebook on both days of Ironman World Championship 2022. ZDF shows on Thursday and Saturday from 18:15 via live stream, the women’s decision on Friday night is reported by “sport studio live on ZDF from 00:45 to 03:30 and the men’s race on Sunday evening from 00:25 am to 3 am.

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Remarkable, special, impressive

None of the more than 5,000 beginners is younger than 19-year-old Canadian Rachel Welsford. And he is the oldest: Warren Hill, 82 years old. Qualified after winning his age group – 80-84 years old – at the last Hawaii edition in 2019.

But there is also former Belgian basketball pro Sebastien Bellin, who is over two meters tall and suffered serious leg injuries in the attacks in Brussels in 2016. Or former Super Bowl winner and NFL pro Dallas Clark. Or again the “Tagesschau” spokesman Thorsten Schröder after he successfully qualified for the European Championships in Frankfurt/Main this year. Or Chris Nikic, who was the first triathlete with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman and now wants to make his Hawaii debut. His motto: get one percent better every day. Or the Briton Sam Holness, 29 years old and autistic, nicknamed “Super Sam”.

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