Olivier Godart looks to leave on top

One of the sport's top age groupers is back for one more year. Meet Olivier Godart, the overall winner of Ironman 70.3 Colombo, who is gearing up for a run at the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 world championships.

| March 6, 2019 | PERSONALITY

Olivier Godart rips through the bike at Ironman 70.3 Colombo.

Olivier Godart rips through the bike at Ironman 70.3 Colombo.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

As he did last year, Olivier Godart was the men’s overall winner at Ironman 70.3 Colombo last month, powering his way into the lead about halfway through the bike and never looking back. And, as he did last year, he told us that this would be his last year of racing Ironman events.

No, Godart isn’t doing a prize-fighting boxer’s “multiple-retirement” imitation. He fully intended to live up to that plan last year, but an accident waylaid his plans.

“This will be my last season on a competitive level – I will retire after this year,” he said after his impressive win in Sri Lanka. “Last year I had an accident and I couldn’t go to Kona, otherwise I would be finished already. A car accident actually kept me from it. This year I feel like I have a really good shot at Kona and also at 70.3 Nice. I won East London a few weeks ago and now this one (Colombo). This bodes really well for Ironman South Africa and the rest of the year.”

Olivier Godart finished Ironman 70.3 Colombo in 4:05:07 in 2019, a minute faster than his winning time the year before.

Olivier Godart finished Ironman 70.3 Colombo in 4:05:07 in 2019, a minute faster than his winning time the year before.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

With all that success, it’s hard to figure out why Godart is so keen to call it a career.

“I’m 44 and I want to go out at the top,” he said. “I don’t want to feel like there’s a slow decline. I have already retired in the middle east – that was the right decision because I stopped at the top. I want to go out on a worldwide level at the top.”

That doesn’t mean we might not see Godart at other triathlon events in the future, though.

“There are some other projects. This ultraman thing is in the back of my mind. I want to do Challenge Roth once, give it a real good shot. Maybe something like Otillo.”

It’s not as though Godart won’t be able to keep himself busy, either, once he decides to back off on his Ironman racing. Originally from Luxembourg, Godart has lived in Dubai for the last 16 years and he has a number of business interests in the country.

“I have about eight different companies and I also have a sports events and marketing company in Dubai called Super Sports Events,” Godart explains. “We do a lot of community triathlon events in the middle east. One of the biggest events in the middle east – Tri Yas at the Abu Dhabi Formula One course every year with over 1,000 participants this year. It’s a family business – my wife is also involved in that company, so it’s a lot of fun for us. We have a lot to do and we enjoy life and have a good time.”