Curiosities of the IRONMAN World Cup in Nice 2023

The 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship hosted a spectacular, all-male competition in Nice.  

In this article we want to make a compilation of some interesting stories that happened in the World Cup. 

Sam Laidlow's revelation 

La yesterday's victory It was for the French triathlete Sam Laidlow who became the first French athlete to win the IRONMAN World Championship.  

Furthermore, Laidlow is the youngest athlete to win this prestigious event. For the first time in IRONMAN's more than 40-year history,  

In his third IRONMAN World Championship, Sam Laidlow He improved on his second place finish in 2022 by leading the podium with a time of 8:06:22. 

With only 24 years, laidlow He is the youngest winner of an IRONMAN World Championship and the first winner, male or female, from France,

10 European world champions in a row

After Lailow's victory yesterday, the streak of 10 consecutive years of a European champion.

This is the table of the latest winners 

  • 2023: Sam Laidlow (France)
  • 2022: Gustav Iden (Norway)
  • 2021: Kristian Blummenfelt (Norway)
  • 2019: Jan Frodeno (Germany)
  • 2018: Patrick Lang (Germany)
  • 2017: Patrick Lang (Germany)
  • 2016: Jan Frodeno (Germany)
  • 2015: Jan Frodeno (Germany)
  • 2014: Sebastian Kienle (Germany)
  • 2013: Frederick Van Lierde (Belgium)

2 double winners in the IRONMAN World Championship and iRONMAN 70.3 in 2023 

Tim bradley, 62, of Merrick, NY, and Donald Brooks, 46, from Devon, UK, made the most of the World Championship season by winning their respective age categories at both the VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Lahti, Finland, and the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship in Nice. 

2 Spanish Age Groups on the podium

In the test there are two Spaniards who have managed to enter among the first in their category

Check the rresult of all Spaniards in the test

The fastest in each segment 

In the male professional field, Matthew Marquardt (USA), in his first IRONMAN World Championship as a professional, started the day with the fastest swim segment in a time of 47:46.  

Sam LaidlowIn addition to the victory, he recorded the fastest cycling segment of the day with a time of 4:31:28.  

Patrick Lange produced the fastest race segment of the day, setting an IRONMAN World Championship record with a time of 2:32:41. 

The youngest and oldest triathlete to finish 

Nicholas Catullo (USA) was the youngest competitor at 18 years old, while Bob Knucky (CAN) at 75 years old was the oldest competitor to complete the event. 

Jan Frodeno's farewell 

Jan Frodeno Arguably one of the greatest triathletes of all time, he completed his last IRONMAN World Championship as a professional triathlete at the age of 42, placing 24th. 

Nice the first World Cup venue outside the USA 

Nice, France, is honored to be the first location outside of the United States to host the IRONMAN World Championship, connecting to the city's rich triathlon history that began in 1982 with the Triathlon International de Nice.  

It is interesting to note that since the race began in 1978, it has had only four locations.  

It started on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, then moved to Kailua-Kona on the same island of Hawaii and also had a stop in St. George, Utah. 

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