Ironman world champions descend on Frankfurt

Confirming what we learned at the "Sailfish Night of the Year" last December, the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt will be feature a showdown between Jan Frodeno, Patrick Lange and Sebastian Kienle. German women highlight the women's pro field, too, with Anne Haug set to take on Daniela Bleymehl.

| March 4, 2019 | NEWS

Jan Frodeno | Can Jan Frodeno defend his title in Frankfurt?

Can Jan Frodeno defend his title in Frankfurt?

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Germans will highlight the pro field at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt this year as last year's winner, Jan Frodeno, will take on defending world champion Patrick Lange and Sebastian Kienle. Germany's Anne Haug and Daniela Bleymehl will highlight the women's field.

Hometown hero Daniela Bleymehl says she is full of anticipation for the race as, for the last two years, she competed in Frankfurt as part of a relay. Now she looks to take on the full race. After her most successful year ever in 2018 Bleymehl says she has had a bit of the pressure taken off for the day in Frankfurt because she secured her Kona slot by winning Ironman Italy last fall.

Anne Haug made her debut over the long distance in Frankfurt, taking third, then finished third at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Now she is ready for more. She looks to use the race as a chance to put a first exclamation point in her preparation for Hawaii.

Can Kienle return to his old strength?

Sebastian Kienle is currently working on his sporting comeback. He had to pull out of the Ironman World Championship last October because of problems with his Achilles tendon and has only been able to return to run training recently. Because of that he's worked a lot on his swimming technique and also on the bike, his strongest discipline. He has already won in Frankfurt  three times. Can he fight for the European title again this year?

Patrick Lange wasn,t able to attend the press conference in person, but sent statements via video message from his second training camp in Gran Canaria. He considers the race in Frankfurt a "home race" and hopes to get his first win there this year.

"The preparation is going well. I came through the winter without illness or injury and was able to set new levels in the training camps," says Lange. A recent move to Austria, he feels, will help improve the quality of his training.

With this strong field of Germans it promises to be an interesting race. At this point only the only international athlete who has been confirmed is Great Britain's Sarah Lewis.