Gustav Iden wins the Canadian Open PTO


    Gustav Iden adds another prestigious victory to his already solid track record as a triathlete. The Norwegian won the PTO Canadian Open, an event that handed out a million dollars in prizes and brought together some of the best triathletes in the world. Just take a look at the podium, which was completed by Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt who, despite suffering some problems during the run, managed to cross the finish line in second position and in third was Australian Aaron Royle.

    Iden, who pocketed $100,000 for the win, He completed the two-kilometre swim, 80-kilometre bike and 18-kilometre run in a time of 03:10:48. But it wasn’t easy for him as Henri Schoeman, Aaron Royle, Ben Kanute, Kyle Smith, Alistair Brownlee and Sam Laidow were the first out of the water. These last two took the lead after T2, but without suda, it was all decided by the running segment which ended up being an elimination test and this has led some triathletes to suffer from physical problems.

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    The two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion arrived at T2 with his compatriot Kristian Blummenfelt and the two went in search of Sam Laidlow and Alistair Brownlee, who were the first off the bike. However, the Briton was the first to pay the heavy consequences of the harshness of the race as he had to stop completely due to stomach problems. But also the Olympic champion in Tokyo who complained of leg cramps halfway through the race and had to stop dead to stretch and start again, losing nearly 2 minutes. This helped Iden take the lead until the very end.

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    Despite everything, “the Norwegian bull” was able to repair this pothole and obtain a brilliant second position with a time of 3:11:15. “At one point I thought I should give up, but I came back and got the second one and $70,000, not bad“, said Blummenfelt. While Aaron Royle settled for third place (03:14:25) and the only Spaniard Pablo Dapena with 16th position. In the women’s category, Australian Ashleigh Gentle managed to be the big winner of this Canadian Open with a time of 3:30:53Paula Findlay and Chelsea Sodaro took second and third place respectively.

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