Kristian Blummenfelt Wins In Yokohama World Triathlon Championship Series

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Kristian Blummenfelt held off two of the strongest runners in triathlon, Alex Yee and Jelle Geens and a fast finishing Morgan Pearson to win the first race of the World Triathlon Championship Series in Yokohama.

If you want to get a sense of what it is like training with Kristian Blummenfelt, Gustav Iden and the rest of the Norwegian squad then watch this epic day in the life.

It was a fascinating men’s race with a pack of almost 30 men coming off the bike within 5 seconds of each other. Blummenfelt, Yee, Geens and Jonas Schomburg were the first to break away from the group on the run. Schomburg was unable to live with the hot and humid conditions in Yokohama and the blistering pace for long and much fancied runner Alex Yee was next to drop away from the group leaving Blummenfelt and Geens head to head for the last 3 kilometers. Kristian Blummenfelt held a phenomenal pace to drop Geens with 1 kilometer to go and power through for his first World Triathlon Series victory.

Morgan Pearson claimed an incredible podium spot in 3rd behind Jelle Geens with Alex Yee 4th, Henri Schoeman 5th and World Champion Vincent Luis finishing a disappointing 6th just ahead of SLT Arena Games winner Marten Van Riel.

In the women’s race 23 year old Taylor Knibb produced a statement performance claiming the gold medal ahead of Summer Rappaport in 2nd and the brilliant Maya Kingma in 3rd. After strong swims Maya Kingma and Taylor Knibb brokeaway from the field in the bike opening up a gap of a minute and half going into T2. Knibb’s relentless consistency at the top of the field allowed her to run away with the win finishing 30s ahed of a rampaging Rapport who’s extraordinary 33.24 run was almost two and a half minutes faster than Kingma clinching the silver medal.

Taylor Spivey finished in 4th place, Julia Hauser in 5th and the impressive Sophie Coldwell not far behind her in 6th building on her heroics at the SLT Arena Games in Rotterdam. This was a career best performance for Maya Kingma with her first podium in WTS racing. She has a unique approach to racing, her degree in psychology inspiring her visualisation process ahead of every race.

Don’t forget, there is more racing just around the corner. Super League Triathlon has announced its biggest ever Championship Series with the sport’s brightest stars to race in four thrilling events at major destinations around the world.

Super League will move into major cities for the first time with stops in London, Munich and Malibu, as well as a return to Jersey. 

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