Gustav Iden sets new course record to claim Ironman World Championship in debut

  • Below right: Second place Ironman winner Sam Laidlow, left chugs the celebratory beer at the podium on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The top three ironman finishers celebrate on the podium Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Left: Tim O’Donnell is the first American to cross the finish line on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

    Right: Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt sprints down Ali’i Drive toward the finish line as fans cheer him on. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

    Below: Bikers pedal down Queen Kaahumanu Highway during Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above right: Third place finisher Kristian Blummenfelt drops after crossing the finish line. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • South Africa’s Greg Laxton (right) exits Kailua Bay at the end of the 2.4-mile swim during Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Norway’s Gustav Iden runs down the homestretch on Ali’i Drive on his way to claim victory at the 2022 Ironman World Championship. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above left: South Africa’s Greg Laxton (right) exits Kailua Bay at the end of the 2.4-mile swim during Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

    Above right: Park City, Utah’s Joshua Mitchell holds up a shaka as he begins the 112-mile biking stage of the Ironman World Championship in Kona on Saturday morning. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt sprints down Ali’i Drive toward the finish line as fans cheer him on. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Triathletes splash through Kailua Bay during the swim phase of Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

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  • Bikers pedal down Queen Kaahumanu Highway during Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

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  • Fans cheer on athletes at the Ironman World Championship. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ironman champion Gustav Iden sets a new course record on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ironman champion Gustav Iden sets a new course record on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ironman champion Gustav Iden cools himself after setting a course record on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ironman champion Gustav Iden. right, congratulates second place winner Sam Laidlow after he crosses the finish line. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above right: Third place finisher Kristian Blummenfelt drops after crossing the finish line. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Left: Tim O’Donnell is the first American to cross the finish line on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

    Right: Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt sprints down Ali’i Drive toward the finish line as fans cheer him on. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

    Below: Bikers pedal down Queen Kaahumanu Highway during Saturday’s Ironman World Championship. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The top three ironman finishers celebrate on the podium Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Below right: Second place Ironman winner Sam Laidlow, left chugs the celebratory beer at the podium on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA – The newest Ironman World Champion is not a man who minces his words.