Blummenfelt's bang on heading to Rio

An impressive win in Montreal signalled that Kristian Blummenfelt's training is going well as he prepares for Rio. TriahtlonWorld.com caught up with the Norweigan after his win in Montreal.

| August 10, 2016 | PERSONALITY

Kristian Blummenfelt cools down | Three world cup victories and a third place finish in Yohohama has set Norway\'s Kristian Blummenfelt up for a run at the podium in Rio.

Three world cup victories and a third place finish in Yohohama has set Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt up for a run at the podium in Rio.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Kristian Blummenfelt burst into the World Cup limelight earlier this year when, over a three-week stretch, he won world cup events in Madrid, Spain and Cagliari, Italy before posting an impressive third at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama in Japan. A dominating  win in Montreal a few days ago signaled his fitness heading into Rio in just over a week’s time.

“I felt super good,” he said as he caught his breath after a 15:04 run split on a course that many feel was a couple of hundred meters long. “It is great to see that the body is responding well to the training over the last couple of weeks and I’m getting results out of it.”

Blummenfelt was realistic about just how much of a statement his race might make when it comes to competing with the world’s best in Rio:

“Ali (Alistair Brownlee) or Jonny (Jonathan Brownlee) or any of the other big favorites weren’t there today, so its hard to say where I am, but it’s great to see for myself that I am in good shape and things are going well heading into Rio.”

When asked if he was worried about the conditions in Rio, Blummenfelt was quick to dispel many of the concerns that have arisen about the Rio event.

“The water is clean enough – we have been in worse places – so I don’t think I will get sick being there, but time will show,” he said. “I think it will be a great event and I’m looking forward to being on the start line and giving it all that I have.”

Like so many others who will step onto the Copacabana beach next week, the 22-year-old would love to get to the podium.

“I think all athletes dream about getting a medal, that’s what we are training for … and so am I. I am training to get a medal – maybe this year, maybe in four years, that definitely is a goal.”