Jan Frodeno and Anne Haug win Ironman in Hawaii

JAn Frodeno stormed to a record victory, just under an hour later Anne Haug crowned the most successful day in German Ironman history: The duo fought for the world title for men and women and in Hawaii for the first black, red and gold Double punch taken care of. While top favorite Frodeno was the first German to win the most important race on the scene for the third time, Haug was the first ever German winner.

Frodeno, who had already triumphed in 2015 and 2016, mastered the 3.8 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of cycling and 42.195 kilometers of running in 7:51:13 hours – faster than anyone before him in the triathlon Mecca. The 38-year-old won on Saturday ahead of Tim O’Donnell (United States / + 8: 26 minutes) and Sebastian Kienle (Mühlacker / + 10: 51 minutes).

Haug’s furious catch-up was at least as impressive. At her second start in Hawaii, the 36-year-old Franconian was more than eight minutes behind the British Lucy Charles-Barclay at the start of the marathon, who was overtaken after 25 kilometers. Haug reached the finish line after 8:40:10 hours. “That’s fantastic, I can hardly believe it myself,” said Haug, who, like Frodeno, is trained by Dan Lorang. In 2004, Nina Kraft initially won in Hawaii, but her victory was revoked because of doping.

Was that the starting signal for a similar success story for women as for men? Since 2014 only German men have won in Hawaii. Kienle had started the series, then Frodeno and Patrick Lange, who retired from cycling this year, triumphed twice each.


Anne Haug celebrates her triathlon victory at the Ironman World Championships.
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“I think it was the day I was looking for my career,” Frodeno told ARD. With tears in her eyes, Emma was the first wife to hug the champion at the finish on Ali’i Drive. “It’s Wimbledon in our sport. It’s the greatest feeling, ”said Frodeno. “I am very grateful that I was able to experience and accomplish that again.”

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