Frodeno completes the Ironman triathlon for charity
BERLIN: Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno completed a complete Ironman triathlon at his house on Saturday to raise more than 200,000 euros ($ 217,280) for charity.
German, currently in coronavirus The running of the bulls in Girona, Spain, he swam 3.86 km in his counter current pool, ran 180 km on his roller trainer and ran a full 42.2 km marathon on his treadmill in a time of eight hours, 33 minutes and 39 seconds.
That was certainly different and a lot of fun. I am so glad that we were able to make this happen and raise money for such good and important causes, said Frodeno, who is a three-time Ironman world champion.
We have been subject to lockdown for almost four weeks and there is strict monitoring of compliance with these rules, and with good reason.
Frodeno was raising money for health institutions in Girona and Laureus Sport for Good.
The spread of the virus has wreaked havoc on the sports calendar and forced the postponement of all major events this year, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the Euro 2020 soccer championship.
"In the beginning it was actually just a crazy idea, with me thinking: 'If I can't do my race, I'll just do it at home.' Then we thought more about how and why we should actually do this. I just wanted to attract attention in order to raise money," said Frodeno, who won Olympic triathlon gold in 2008.
The entire triathlon was streamed live, with several athletes, including footballer Mario Goetze and Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy , joining the live broadcast to support the German in his effort.