Frodo climbs out of town on the way to defending his Ironman world title with a commanding display.

09-10-2016, TRIATHLON There is only one

King Of Kona

The weight of expectation is a strange thing. Some will rise to meet it, whereas others will crack under it. Each year, Kona plays host to the biggest showdown in triathlon, the Ironman World Championships, a place where pressure builds naturally like the molten rock breaching cracks in the island's scarred surface. Expectation bears down on all who make it this far. Heading to Kona with a title to defend, that expectation is on another level. But that couldn't stop Jan Frodeno. 

Just like in 2015, Jan's race was remarkable only in the control and consistency he displayed. Not outright fastest across any discipline, just constantly fast across all three, Jan set the pace on the swim, cruised at the front on his Speedmax CF SLX on the bike leg, before breaking away from his closest rival and compatriot, Sebastian Kienle, in the marathon. Once again, Frodo put on a virtuoso display on how to deliver a complete performance.

Behind him, Canyon triathletes Boris Stein and Patrick Lange also executed the races of their lives. 4:23:04 was all Boris Stein needed to complete the undulating 180 km bike leg, the fastest time of the day, before coming home in 7th. Meanwhile, Patrick Lange fought back from a time penalty and ran the marathon like a man possessed, setting a new course record in the process, to finish on the podium in 3rd spot on his Kona debut.

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All photos by Tino Pohlmann.