Tri beating that! Triathlete Karaś is new Triple Ultra-Ironman World Champ
Polish athlete Robert Karaś has become the new World Champion for the Triple Ironman Triathlon.
The 28-year-old also set a new world record for finishing first in just over 30 hours.
The Elbląg-born Karaś crossed the finishing line in the extreme Triple Ultra-Triathlon Ironman championships on Saturday, one hour ahead of a previous world champion after a grueling 11.4km swim, 540km cycle, and 126.6km run – (the equivalent of three marathons).
A normal Triathlon Ironman championship, considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.
In the Triple Ultra-Ironman Triathlon all distances are tripled.
Before starting his spectacular performance in Lensahn, Germany, Karaś posted on Facebook a quote from Catalonian long-distance skier, mountain biker and duathlete Kílian Jornet Burgada, saying: "It's time to suffer, it's time to fight, it's time to win."
After posting a photo on Facebook of himself crossing the finishing line, fans flooded his timeline with praise.
One, Paweł Kamiński, wrote: “Huge applause and respect. I can’t get my head around it. All of these activities is world championship, but doing them successively shows that nothing is impossible.”
An old school friend, Tomek Estal, posted: “Master! Unbelievable. We were running in the same school. Where did I go wrong!”
While Grzegorz Latecki simply commented: “Robert is an athlete from another planet. An amazing guy with so much motivation and character. I cannot wait for what happens next.”
Modest Karaś said he dedicated his win to the ‘weakest and most needy’ in society and said he hoped more people would support charities.