Jan Frodeno to race Ironman 70.3 World Championship in South Africa

The Ironman 70.3 World Championship start list includes a surprise entrant - Jan Frodeno is looking to head to Nelson Mandela Bay in search of another world title.

| August 15, 2018 | NEWS

Jan Frodeno

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Jan Frodeno let the cat out of the bag during a live interview on the Facebook show "Ironman Now," where he announced that he will start at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship this year. This expands the list of pre-race favorites in the field with another big name. Frodeno said that he always wants to compete with the best athletes and the 2015 70.3 world champion will find many of the best at the race in Port Elizabeth.

In addition to the reigning 70.3 world champion, Javier Gomez, the field includes a number of big names:  Sam Appleton, Ben Kanute and Alistair Brownlee are just a few of the names on the starting list that will ensure we're in for an interesting race.

In the women's race, Daniela Ryf will try to add another Ironman 70.3 World Championship title to her impressive collection. While the Swiss star will arrive as the prohibitive favorite, she will be kept honest by a number of top competitors including Britons Lucy Charles and Emma Pallant, American Sarah True and Australian Melissa Hauschildt. Germany's Anne Haug will be another to watch - she has notched up a number of top performances over the 70.3 distance thanks to her impressive running talent.