Gustav Iden triumphs at the PTO Champs

Norwegian scores another major win; a big day for Brits Goodwin and Davis but Ali Brownlee DNFs

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He was the surprise winner of the 2019 Ironman World Championships in Nice, but now Norway’s Gustav Iden has truly established himself as a major force in triathlon with victory at the PTO 2020 Championship at Challenge Daytona in Florida.

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The Norwegian 24-year-old took control on the 20km run leg as more famous names suffered, including Alistair Brownlee who dropped out with a calf issue, and run to victory with over a minute gap to the chasing pack. In that pack group was George Goodwin, 24, from Rugby, the rising star of middle-distance racing in the UK after a victory over Tim Don at Outlaw X in September, who would finish third behind Matt Hanson.

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The PTO 2020 Championship at Challenge Daytona easily saw the best men’s elite tri field of the year, admittedly in a massively disrupted season, but here were multiple ITU World Champions, an Ironman World champ, Olympic champions and medallists, and Commonwealth Games victors all lining up to compete for the $100,000 winner’s cheque.