The World Triathlon Series (WTS) Norwegian Young Gun


Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt ranked number five in the World Triathon Series last year. The Norwegian Triple star trains for up to eight hours a day, swimming up to 45 km, cycling about 400 km and running up to 120 km per week. Meet the World Triathlon Series (WTS) Norwegian Young Gun

Kristian started out as a track runner and represented the clubs Fana IL and TIF Viking and competed in the Junior 2011 European Cross-Country Championships. In 2008, he won his first triathlon and ever since then he has been in love with the sport.

The World Triathlon Series (WTS) Norwegian Young Gun
Kristian Blummenfelt cycling

He won a bronze medal at the 2015 European Championships and placed 13th at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Same year, he got his first ever WTS podium in Yokohama.

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The World Triathlon Series (WTS) Norwegian Young Gun
2017 brought about a number of podium places, including the silver medal at the Rotterdam World Triathlon Series Grand Final, and in December 2018 flied to a world-best time at the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship in Bahrain (feature image, on top). Two other Norwegians, Gustav Iden and Casper Stornes also dominated the championship.

At the Ironman 70.3 Bahrain race, the swim took place in the Bahrain Financial Harbour, protecting the triathletes from any currents or waves. The biking took place on a relatively flat course with 300m of climbing. The triathletes then finished with a 21.1K run along the flat King Faisal Highway.

The World Triathlon Series (WTS) Norwegian Young Gun
Kristian Blummenfelt running

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Triathlon is an exciting sport involving a continuous race over various distances in the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running . A standard triathlon is made up of swimming, followed by cycling, followed by running.

Kristian grew up in the same swimming club as swimming athlete Alexander Dale Øen, who died much too young in 2012. He is gritty, bold, uncompromising, knows the Norwegian madness (norsk råskap) as it best, races like a monster and smashes away everything in his way.

The World Triathlon Series (WTS) Norwegian Young Gun
Kristian Blummenfelt swimming

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Kristian says he loves triathlon because it gives him the chance to do what he loves most of all: training and racing all around the world. However, he hates an early morning swim without having a cup of coffee before jumping in the pool.

The Norwegian Young Gun at the World Triathlon Series (WTS), written by Tor Kjolberg

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Journalist, PR and marketing consultant Tor Kjolberg has several degrees in marketing management. He started out as a marketing manager in Scandinavian companies and his last engagement before going solo was as director in one of Norway’s largest corporations. Tor realized early on that writing engaging stories was more efficient and far cheaper than paying for ads. He wrote hundreds of articles on products and services offered by the companies he worked for. Thus, he was attuned to the fact that storytelling was his passion.