WIN a Zoggs wetsuit and goggles!

Gustav Iden admits “not my year” after PTO Tour Asian Open bid ends in pain and disappointment

Another tough day at the office for the IRONMAN World Champion

Last updated -
Rouvy Logo
Ride real routes with ROUVY

The physical pain Gustav Iden endured in Singapore on Sunday was matched by the pain etched on his face during his post-race debrief with the PTO cameras after his DNF at the Asian Open.

It’s been an incredibly difficult year for the brilliant Norwegian, who had scaled the pinnacle of the long-course world in 2022 by adding IRONMAN World Championship glory in Kona to his two 70.3 World Championship victories.

Since then not much has gone right for the 27-year-old from Bergen. On course he has struggled to hit top form on his return to short-course racing in a bid for Olympic glory in 2024. Off course he had to deal with personal tragedy as his mother lost her long and brave battle against cancer.

Only this week Gustav had opened up about being “deemed not good enough” to be a part of the Norwegian team for that Paris Test Event, and on Sunday in Singapore he had yet another blow to deal with.

After coming out of the water 31 seconds off the pace, he was attempting to tough it out on the bike when a painful crash ended his day early with a DNF.


Gustav Iden on Asian Open DNF

Gustav had said before the race that he didn’t expect astonishing results in Singapore, but that didn’t make the pain of what happened easier to deal with.

Speaking afterwards he summed up his feelings in one simple phrase – “not my year”.

He added: “I did a 180 but there was some tape there, and exactly when I was riding on it, it was like a timing line as well. And then it all came off when I was riding on it, so fell down.

“I guess if I was feeling good I think I would push through and see how it is. But yeah, when you have a bad day and that comes on top, it’s hard to push through.”

The post-race debrief was short, but it was sad to watch. Iden’s confidence, his brilliance and his smile have been a beacon for the sport in recent years. They make triathlon better, and we hope to see them back soon.

Graham Shaw
Written by
Graham Shaw
Graham has been involved with TRI247 & RUN247 since the summer of 2021. Since then he has provided strategic direction for all news and is passionate about the growth of triathlon as a fan sport.
Discover more
World Triathlon Leeds (out of Abu Dhabi 2018) - Alistair Brownlee
How to start training for a triathlon
TRI-FIT Geo Coral women's tri suit
TRI-FIT GEO Women’s Tri Suit Review – How does it fare in our quest for the ultimate long course kit?
Challenge Barcelona 2023 - Photo Credit: Jose Luis Hourcade
Brownlee brothers on the costly race day swim mistakes to avoid – plus their own mishaps
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Wetsuit buying guide – How to choose the best wetsuit for triathlon, open water swimming, SwimRun and cold water
How to improve sleep for sports performance
Is poor sleep sabotaging your performance? The importance of sleep for athletes – and how to improve yours
latest News
Alex Yee Sam Dickinson
Olympic Games Triathlon: Dickinson primed to repeat Birmingham heroics in Paris
Sophie Coldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown WTCS Cagliari 2024 blue carpet
Olympic Games Triathlon: Taylor Brown predicting a run showdown in Paris
Challenge Geraardsbergen 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
British IRONMAN champion rules himself OUT of Kona after rocky start to the season
Beth Potter Cassandre Beaugrand Olympic Games Paris Test Event Triathlon August 2023
Olympic Games Triathlon: The women in the hunt for Paris 2024 gold
Alex Yee, Hayden Wilde WTCS Cagliari 2024 finish
Olympic Games Triathlon: Alex Yee ready to find “flow state” on day of destiny
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...