Frodeno in storm and rain: Ironman in California canceled

Originally wanted to start at the Ironman in California: Jan Frodeno. Photo: Marius Becker / dpa (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Marius Becker / dpa)

Sacramento – Jan Frodeno was forced to take it with humor after a loud curse.

The triathlon superstar wanted to continue his famous winning streak at Ironman California on Sunday – the three-time Ironman world champion has been unbeaten since his World Cup triumph in October 2019. “Greetings from California, where the sun always shines – just not today,” said Frodeno in his Instagram story, while in the early morning (local time) heavy rain pelted him and, above all, the strong wind made a race impossible.

Frodeno would have met the Canadian top athlete Lionel Sanders and above all the 70.3 world champion Gustav Iden from Norway over the 3.86 kilometers of swimming, 180.2 kilometers of cycling and 42.2 kilometers of running. Frodeno’s start, however, had previously been in question after he had contracted “a kind of chest infection”, as he reported.

However, he had received approval from the doctors. Then the day before the bike distance had to be shortened from 180 to 90 kilometers due to the weather forecast for Sacramento and the surrounding area. Then on early Sunday morning nothing worked.

“Oh f …”, Frodeno cursed when the decisive announcement was made in the darkness of the night: “People, that was a long way on the plane.” It would have been very violent, but he admitted with full understanding for the cancellation. “That annoys us all, except for California. They are happy that they have some rain, ”he said.

For the 40-year-old, the race should be the end of a season that was again heavily influenced by the corona virus this year without a World Cup in Hawaii, before he started a race next weekend in his Spanish adopted home Girona with a focus on off-road, especially for amateurs hosted.

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