Jan Frodeno justified his reputation as one of the biggest names in the sport with a dominating win over rival Lionel Sanders at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.
April 7, 2018 | NEWS|
You know all the times Jan Frodeno has said that there's nothing more challenging in the sport of triathlon than having to race a motivated Sebastian Kienle? I've got an answer for him the next time he pulls that one out ... There is nothing more challenging in the sport of triathlon than having to race a motivated Jan Frodeno. Just ask Lionel Sanders.
The Canadian learned that the hard way today at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside as he sought to defend his title. (Even though last year's win wasn't totally satisfying for Sanders as Frodeno pulled out of the race with bike issues just as he caught the German before the halfway point of the bike.)
It would be one of a few frustrating mishaps for Frodeno in 2017. After a flu bug waylaid his quest for an Ironman-best time at Ironman 70.3 Austria, he was slowed to a shuffle on the run in Kona because of back issues and barely finished the race, let alone defended his title. All of which no-doubt served as ample motivation to turn the tides in 2018. Fresh off welcoming the arrival of junior number two with wife Emma (nee Snowsill - yes, the Olympic gold medalist Emma Snowsill) in February, Frodeno appears to have started this year off on a considerably better note.
What's doubly scary about today's race, for Frodeno's competition, is that Sanders had a stellar day. Frodeno led out of the water, but Sanders' swim continues to both improve and impress. As he did in Kona, he led the second main pack out of the water in Oceanside, trailing Frodeno by 2:15.
Once out on the bike Sanders steadily clawed back time on the German leader through the first 62 km of the bike, reducing the deficit to 1:20 before Frodeno once again showed his strength, pulling away to a 2:29 lead into T2.
Then the fireworks really began. Sanders did the run in an impressive 1:11:46. And lost another 1:15 to Frodeno.
How good were these two today? 2016 Ironman 70.3 champ Tim Reed (AUS) finished third ... over eight-minutes behind Frodeno and over four minutes behind Sanders.
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside | Men
April 7, 2018 | Oceanside, California, USA
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21 km Run
Rodolphe von Berg