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Gustav Iden wins his first Ironman in Hawaii

Gustav Iden won his first Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii on Saturday. He set a course record time, also becoming the second straight Norwegian to win the men’s event.

Iden produced strong performances in the swim and cycle sections, before clocking 2:36:15 on the run to chase down France’s Sam Laidlow and clinch victory with a time of 7:40:24 on the Big Island

Laidlow finished second and Iden’s compatriot Kristian Blummenfelt, who won in 2021, claimed third place

“That was so freaking hard,” said Iden, twice winner of the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

“The last 10 km, I worried about the legend of the island killing me. Everything was going pretty smooth, up until I caught Sam. Then when I passed him, the island tried to put me down. I’m so proud of Sam and Kristian – even though Kristian should’ve come second.”

American Chelsea Sodaro, stormed to victory in the women’s event on Thursday, 18 months after giving birth to her daughter.

The Ironman comprises a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run.

The race was first held in 1978, to settle a friendly argument, about who was the fittest among Hawaiian endurance athletes.

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