Jan Frodeno pulls out of Kona
Double Ironman World Champ Jan Frodeno has announced he won't be racing the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii
The double Ironman World Champion and newly-crowned Ironman 70.3 World Champ, Jan Frodeno, has announced on Instagram that he has pulled out of Kona due to a stress fracture.
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Certainly not how I hoped this season would end. A stress fracture in my hip (SI joint)- see pic 2 for those interested. The highs and lows of sport have never been so close for me- winning a world title last week and being sidelined for the season the next. At least the @_promovement team kept the spirits going;) (last pic). Just a reminder to all of us that success never comes in a straight line... currently listening to Daft Punk- One More Time, so see you all next year 😉 #FrodosOut #Literally
Iron-distance world record holder Jan Frodeno, 37, won Kona in 2015 and 2016, but 2017 wouldn't prove to be his year in Hawaii with an injury denying him the chance to try and win a third title. But showing his trademark grit and determination he still finished, even though he had to shuffle much of the marathon.
Frodeno's absence from the field in 2018 – the 40th birthday of Ironman in Hawaii – means triathlon fans will be denied the chance of watching the German go toe-to-toe with Javier Gomez in Kona, who will be making his Hawaii debut and looking to avenge his 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2018 Ironman 70.3 Worlds defeats to Frodeno.
Hoping to take advantage of the Frodeno-shaped hole in the field will be last year's German winner Patrick Lange (who set a new Kona record of 8:01:40 in the process), Canada's bike superstar Lionel Sanders, Scot David McNamee and Sebastian Kienle, Frodeno's compatriot who will be aiming to add his second Kona crown come Saturday 13 October on the Big Island.