‘Being a little bit better not enough’ – Long on 70.3 Worlds quest

Runner-up last year, can American star Sam Long go one better at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship?

News Director
Last updated -
T100 Triathlon World Tour
Redefining triathlon

Sam Long was runner-up at the IRONMAN 70.3 Worlds last year but is under no illusions as to what it will take to move to the top step of the podium next week.

‘Fresh’ from a first IRONMAN World Championship crown at Kona, Gustav Iden heads back to St George looking to make it three 70.3 World Championship wins in succession.

The Norwegian produced a spectacular display 12 months ago, moving to the front on the bike and then surging clear on the run – with American star Long taking second place, just under four minutes adrift.

Picking his battles

Sam Long St George photo credit Tom Pennington Getty Images for IRONMAN
Sam Long at St George [Photo credit Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN]

One likely advantage for Long this time on a course that’s largely similar, especially for the swim and bike legs, is the fact that he took the decision to swerve Hawaii this season.

Talking on IRONMAN’s live coverage of 70.3 Waco at the weekend he explained: “I sat out Kona to focus on St George and I think that’s the state of racing now, you’ve got to pick your battles.

“I’ve had a lot of battles this year but I’m charged up and fired up and things are looking really good.”

Long has had three half-distance victories already this season (CLASH Miami, Challenge Puerto Varas and 70.3 Gydnia) and made the podium last time out at the PTO’s US Open in Dallas.


Bar has been raised

But looking ahead to St George, Long knows he’ll face a raft of other leading contenders, including Norwegian pair Iden and Kristian Blummenfelt.

And referencing that, he added: “I’ve just got to execute on the day and take care of business and I expect it to be a whole level up in terms of racing, even compared to last year. That’s just the level of the sport these days.

“Being a little bit better than I was last year won’t be enough. I have to be a lot better.

“There are so many great guys and it’s going to be some battle.”

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
Discover more
Kate Auld riding on an indoor trainer
Rouvy vs Zwift: our indoor cyclists put them to the test
Triathlete riding a time trial bike wearing a Ryzon tri suit
Tri suit buying guide: how to find your perfect tri suit
Cameron Brown signs off with seventh in his 25th and final appearance at IRONMAN New Zealand photo credit Graeme Murray
What is an average & good time for a triathlon?
Professional triathletes on the bike course at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam
Fastest triathlon courses: Best IRONMAN, long course and middle distance races for a sure-fire personal best
PTO European Open 2023 Ibiza - Ashleigh Gentle
Ashleigh Gentle on T100 racing: ‘The best battles are yet to come’
latest News
Magnus Ditlev en route to another famous win at Challenge Roth 2023
Magnus Ditlev talks triathlon legends, T100 Tour calendar and who he can’t wait to race in 2024
Ben Kanute Escape from Alcatraz 2021
Latest T100 Triathlon World Tour stop announced after PTO unveil iconic location for California race
Mike Phillips IRONMAN New Zealand champion 2023 photo credit Graeme Murray
International stars announced for 40th anniversary of IRONMAN New Zealand
Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade / Challenge Walchsee 2023
German rising star looking to finally crack PTO podium at 2024 T100 Triathlon World Tour
Kenji Nener at the 2023 Asian Games.
The Norwegian Method: Kenji Nener reveals what it’s like to train with Blummenfelt and Iden
Story to tell?
Share interesting & inspirational stories with our news team
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...