Congratulations for a memorable victory on the longest and probably hottest day of the summer. Under extreme conditions, Jan Frodeno once again provided an impressive success at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. Jan was able to win the Ironman European Championship in the Main metropolis for the third time after 2015 and 2018. In a dramatic race, he conquered the heat of Frankfurt in 7:56:02, hours ahead of Sebastian Kienle and Franz Löschke in first place. With this, the two-time Ironman World Champion highlighted his ambitions for another World Championship triumph in Hawaii in October.
At 6:25 a.m., the athletes started the Ironman European Championship with the 3.8 kilometer swim. Right from the start, Jan started the race from the front in the 25-degree water and was able to easily pull away from the competition. After 47 minutes, he came out of the water first and set off for the 180-kilometer bike course in the lead. His strongest rival on this day, Sebastian Kienle, followed him with a face distorted by pain. The reason was a shard of broken glass had lodged in his heel in transition zone 1. For Jan, too, a tricky scene on the bike caused a moment of shock. Due to a braking error triggered by an irritation caused by the lead bike, last year's defending champion ended up off the course for a short time and lost his nutrition. "The lead bike was suddenly in front of me on the racing line, which caused me to brake and skid slightly at the back. I had a lot of luck there." He was visibly relieved after the end of the race. After Kienle was able to catch up with him despite his injury, they both entered transition zone 2 at the same time, where Kienle first had to have the shard removed. After Jan, with great sportsmanship in mind, had inquired about his opponent, it was time for him to start the 42.195 kilometers of the marathon. Although Kienle was able to catch up, Jan finally pulled away and crossed the finish line first in the heat battle of Frankfurt.
An overwhelmed winner
The exertions of the extreme race were clear to Jan at the finish line. Nevertheless, he was overjoyed about the successful dress rehearsal for Hawaii: "So much happened today, so much drama. I think that was one of my best races today, even if it is one of the toughest right now. That's racing." With this performance in extreme conditions, Jan demonstrated his strength and showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with in Kona. However, he himself exercised restraint with regard to Hawaii: "To be honest, I still felt pretty frail in the heat. There's still room to go before Kona." Before the showdown at the prestigious Ironman in Hawaii on October 12, he will compete at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia. But first of all he has to regenerate - to be able to tackle the next big tasks with a cool head.