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The Ironman Kona Big showdowns return following a three-year break with another configuration, live on Peacock on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.
The Ironman, held yearly in Hawaii starting around 1978, and in Kailua-Kona starting around 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.
The big showdowns made a one-time-just stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to compensate for the 2021 abrogation. The victors were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic marathon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who stowed her fifth Ironman world title.
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Both entered Kailua-Kona, where the races are currently divided between two days — Thursday for the ladies and Saturday for the men. Chelsea Sodaro came out on top in the ladies’ race, finishing a 20-year American triumph dry spell.
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Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will attempt to turn into the most youthful male hero in Kona since German Faris Al-Ruler in 2005. His top challengers incorporate kinsman Gustav Iden, the double cross ruling Half Ironman title holder, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona champ.
An Ironman incorporates a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle and a long distance race — adding up to 140.6 miles of hustling. It takes top marathon runners eight hours to finish. Seemingly, it crowns the world’s fittest man and lady.