Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt has set a new IRONMAN® 70.3® world best time after racing to victory in Bahrain, successfully defending his Middle East Championship title in the process.
There was also another heroic display from Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence, who joined Blummenfelt by defending her 2017 title after seeing off the gutsy challenge of compatriot Sarah Lewis, cheered on by thousands of fans on a thrilling race day in the Middle East.
But it was the powerful display from the Bergen-born Blummenfelt that captured the imagination on a near-perfect day conditions-wise in Bahrain. His official time of 3:29:04 beat the previous world best of 3:34:04, held by Germany’s Michael Raelert, by five minutes.
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