The Norwegian has carried all before him after moving up to long-distance in an incredible 12 months since his Tokyo triumph in 2021.
But the focus since then had been on moving back down in distance ahead of his Olympic defence in Paris next year.
Early setback for ‘Big Blu’
Both he and compatriot Gustav Iden, the record-breaking IMWC winner in Kona late last year, were scheduled to make their seasonal reappearances in Abu Dhabi but a World Triathlon press release confirmed Blummenfelt “misses out with illness.”
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The next WTCS event of the season doesn’t come until May – Yokohama on the 13th, which is in close proximity to Blummenfelt’s potential clash with Jan Frodeno at the PTO European Open in Ibiza on the 6th.
But writing on Instagram, Blummenfelt indicated he still intends to take on both, explaining: “Dropping out of the World Series race in Abu Dhabi this weekend after having lost too many days of training due to sickness in the build up. Taking the time to get ready for the races in May with the second and third round of the series + PTO Ibiza.”