Helle Frederiksen's big day in Denmark

Helle Frederiksen was thrilled to take the ITU Triathlon Long Distance World Championship in her home country of Denmark, taking the day that is one of the highlights of the Fyn ITU Multisport World Championship.

| July 16, 2018 | PERSONALITY

How happy is she? Helle Frederiksen wins the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship in Fyn, Denmark.

How happy is she? Helle Frederiksen wins the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship in Fyn, Denmark.

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

“This is a dream come true. I cannot believe it and I think it will take some time for it to settle in." Helle Frederiksen said of her huge win at the ITU Long Distance World Championships. "Very few professionals get an opportunity to become a World Champion on home soil. This was my chance and I wanted to take it. I’ve prepared meticulously for this race. Turned every stone, found my training rhythm and it was on me to execute."

Frederiksen was at or near the front throughout the entire race, leading after the 3 km swim alongside Camilla Pedersen, then pushing the pace in the lead group that also included Annabel Luxford and Barbara Riveros throughout the 121 km bike.

"It was a hard race. A true race. The bike required some tactics. Annabel and I were clearly the strongest on the bike but we couldn't shake Camilla and Barbara. I was getting a little frustrated at times as Barbara is known to be one of the fastest runners in the sport and I felt we were just dragging her around, fearing she would run away with the win, so I really wanted to enter the bike-to-run transition with gap on Barbara." she said.

The lead group of four ended up starting the 30 km run together.

"It came down to a running race and I said to myself before the start that I would back myself no matter the situation. Entering T2 with Chilean Barbara Riveros and Australian Annabel Luxford I knew I needed to take ownership if I wanted to win. It was important for me to break the elastic early on so I made sure I put in a very early surge in pace. This got me a gap quite quickly and running in first, at a World Championships on home ground, was a position I was not prepared to give up without a battle."

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

In the end her 1:56:27 run split was too much for Riveros, giving Frederiksen the world title in her home country.

"My emotions say it all. I wanted this victory, my team and I prepared for winning this race. We turned every stone. We knew it would require my best and I am so proud that I was prepared to deliver it. I felt strong all day and could not have wished for a better outcome."

Frederiksen will now set her sights on her first go at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.