Blummenfelt and Matthews rewrite the limits of triathlon: the walls of 7 and 8 hours have been demolished

Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt and British Kat Matthews complete the feat at Sub7Sub8, completing the Ironman in record time

Six hours, forty-four minutes, twenty-five seconds. And again, seven hours, thirty-one minutes, fifty-four seconds. Let’s give the numbers, the numbers of a companythose numbers that represented the impossible until a few hours ago, those numbers that indicate the time with which Kristian Blummenfelt and Kat Matthews have completed their Ironman.

Over the limits

How the best marathon runners in the world pulled Eliud Kipchoge shattered the two-hour wall in Vienna in October 2019, triathlon has exceeded human limits on the occasion of Sub8Sub7 – Defy the impossible on the Lausitzring circuit, in Germany. Both winners of this sensational challenge were veterans of excellent chronometric and competitive performances at the Ironman St. George who awarded the world crown: the Norwegian had triumphed, placing a unique row in the history of multisport that includes Olympic and world success and Ironman, the British had conquered a convincing place of honor. The signals were the right ones and their condition presaged a residual and thunderous shot in the barrel still available for this record attempt on the very fast German circuit.


Blummenfelt and Matthews, as well as their challengers Joe Skipper (who replaced Alistair Brownlee, who was injured a week before the start) and Nicola Spirig, a Swiss champion and former Olympic champion, were able to rely on an experienced team that supported them along the 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42.195 km of running. With the wake in the water and in cycling, a fraction in which we have witnessed a real one team time trial superbly performed by all the teams (men launched at 55 km / h on average, women at 47 km / h) and the hares who took turns leading the challengers in the last stage, the walls collapsed mercilessly.


The records will belong to Blummenfeltwho celebrated at the finish line after 6h44’25 “(48’21”, 3h24’22 “, 2h30’50”) and Matthews, exultant after 7h31’54 “(54’43”, 3h50’06 “, 2h46’09”), but also the challengers Skipper (6h47’36 “- 53’24 “, 3h16’42”, 2h36’43 “) and Spirig (7h34’19” – 54’50 “, 3h53’16”, 2h45’07 “). Only applause for the four limitless ironmen who rewrote the history of this sport.

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