Unheralded German Wins Gold


Oakley’s Jan Frodeno out-sprinted three big names in the four-man leading pack to win the men’s triathlon title on Tuesday at the Beijing Games in his custom Radar’s with fire iridium lenses.

“I think I slept about two hours last night,” Frodeno said. “I knew I had trained very well but these guys who were with me at the front were really the big guys.”

“This was the race of my life. I had the tunnel vision that I’ve always wished for,” said the 27-year-old German."

“At kilometer five, I knew this would be a really big day for me. When there were three of us at the end, I knew the medal was safe, but I tried to get the gold.”
“I kept thinking that this was the moment I’ve been dreaming of. I could hear the other guys breathing, and I sprinted and now I’m the Summer Games winner.”

Jan staged a last-gasp sprint, overtaking Simon Whitfield of Canada, pre-race favorites Francisco Javier Gomez of Spain and Bevan Docherty of New Zealand in a classic finish at the triathlon venue, crossing the finish line in 1 hour 48 minutes and 53 seconds.

“An unexpected and surprise victory awaited German Jan Frodeno,” said Leander Angerer, German Sports Marketing Manager. “Having exited the swim in the middle of the main pack, he bided his time and hung in the main bunch throughout the technically demanding crit-style circuit.”

“Timing his ‘kick’ sprint to perfection, Jan surged past Canadian and 2000 Summer Games Champion to capture his biggest victory to date.”

48 hours in The Village Jan commented that…“his preparation in Hong Kong had paid off and felt confident of his running ability”… Frodeno lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He started the event in 2000 because he liked a girl who was a triathlete. He trains 25 to 45 hours per week and his hobbies are beach volleyball, surfing, cooking and reading.


Matt Murray


August 19, 2008

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