A world-record performance in Roth followed by a successful defense of his Kona crown earned Jan Frodeno our TriathlonWorld.com male athlete of the year award.
December 22, 2016 | NEWS|
TriathlonWorld.com Awards: 2016 Male Athlete of the Year
Jan Frodeno (GER)
Alistair Brownlee (GBR)
Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)
Patrick Lange (GER)
Mario Mola (ESP)
Yeah, like this was a hard one to predict.
He started the year off by taking the first leg of the triple crown in Dubai and becoming a dad (Frodeno's wife and fellow Olympic gold medallist Emma Snowsill gave birth to Luca in February). Then, after tearing his calf, it looked like his year might take a turn for the worse, but nothing was going to get in Jan Frodeno's way in 2016.
In Lanzarote, where he tried to tell us all he'd be just happy to finish, he came a few km short of winning the race. Then, in Roth, he ripped through the course to set a new world-best time for the full distance - shattering the record by almost six minutes.
The Roth effort took so much out of Frodeno that he had to pass on trying to defend his world 70.3 title (and gave up on the Triple Crown quest which would have netted him a cool million dollars) in order to be ready for Kona. There he held off the spirited charge from countryman Sebastian Kienle to successfully defend his title and cement his status as your vote as the TriathlonWorld.com Awards' male athlete of the year. Hardly an easy task when you consider the fact that the man who came second in the voting successfully defended his Olympic title - there aren't too many years where an athlete would do that and not win the award.
Which only goes to show what a year it was for our winner. Congrats Jan!