T100 World Tour

Ten years to Tokyo: Kristian Blummenfelt right on time

When Kristian Blummenfelt lines up in the Olympic Games men's triathlon early on Monday, it will be the culmination of more than a decade of planning.

Last updated -
T100 Triathlon World Tour
Redefining triathlon

When Kristian Blummenfelt lines up for the men’s triathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games early on Monday, it will be the culmination of a plan which has hatched more than a decade ago.

The 27-year-old Norwegian ace, along with team-mates Gustav Iden and Casper Stornes, adds yet more spice to an intoxicating mix for the first triathlon race in the Japanese capital next week.

Their potential is unquestioned, and now we just wait to see if that decade of preparation and planning will bring the biggest prize in sport.

Norway Tokyo triathlon plan

“The Tokyo Olympic Games has been on the radar for the last 10 years,” Blummenfelt told World Triathlon.

“I think when we started up with the national team in 2009 we had the 2020 Olympic Games as the big goal and ambition, and we wanted to be up there and win the gold medal.

“So, to actually qualify in 2016 was just a bonus, even though I wanted to be up there and fight for a medal, which I never really was in in that race.

“So it’s been something we’ve been working [towards] for more than 10 years and finally we’re going to get the chance now this summer and it’s going to be very special.

“Well, when I say ‘we’ I obviously mean my teammates Gustav [Iden] and Casper [Stornes] and also the girls.”

Kristian Blummenfelt / Tokyo 2020

A special feel – Blummenfelt

Blummenfelt and co will know this is very different when they assemble at the start at around 2230 BST on Sunday.

“I think something which is special with the Olympics is that the ‘start feel’ is a little bit different than in a normal World Triathlon Championship race where it’s like 65 guys.

“In the Olympics it’s going to be less people and it’s going to be less people from the bigger nations because it’s [a] maximum [of] three slots for each country.

“And even countries like Great Britain, at the moment, they only have two slots on the men’s side which means we can be, all three of us, racing as we normally do.

Kristian Blummenfelt / Tokyo 2020

“And you have the bigger nations which [are] limited with their amount of athletes, so I think that will make our team stronger in that race compared to in a normal race.

“And also, less people means that the bike will have an impact and [there’s] less people to hide behind.

“So of course, we all have basically the same strength – we’re all strong on the bike. And the harder the race goes from the gun, for the swim, bike and run, the better it’s for all of us.

NB: You can read expert analysis on the men’s Olympic triathlon ahead of the race early on Monday local time (2230 Sunday in the UK). John Levison analyses the leading contenders, while our panel of experts give their picks for gold.

Olly Green
Written by
Olly Green
Olly is is been the content lead for RUN247, is a regular contributor to TRI247 and keeps an eye out for content that appeals to both audiences including interviews with pro Heather Jackson.
Discover more
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?
TRI-FIT women's sleeveless tri suit
5 race day mistakes that are sabotaging your triathlon times (and how to fix them)
Kate Auld riding on an indoor trainer
Rouvy vs Zwift: our indoor cyclists put them to the test
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
Patagonman swim start
6 tips for taking on an Xtreme triathlon from a PATAGONMAN champion
latest News
Chelsea Sodaro takes the tape at the 2024 IRONMAN New Zealand.
Former IRONMAN World Champion delighted after bouncing back to first full distance win since Kona
World Triathlon Cup Miyazaki 2023 Gwen Jorgensen
Olympic gold medalist praises Boulder training environment ahead of WTCS season opener
Chelsea Sodaro PTO Asian Open 2023 run [Photo credit: PTO / Darren Wheeler]
IRONMAN New Zealand results: Steve McKenna and Chelsea Sodaro take the tape in Taupo
Third placed finisher Braden Currie sits on podium at St George photo credit IRONMAN
Former champion makes shock last minute withdrawal from IRONMAN New Zealand
Lucy-Charles Barclay and Daniela Ryf - IRONMAN World Championship 2023 Press Conference
Triathlon legend Daniela Ryf announces SHOCK retirement and reveals calendar for final season
Story to tell?
Share interesting & inspirational stories with our news team
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...