Day two of the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championships in Kona was a barnstormer, as the young pro field saw four men smash the previous course record.
When the dust settled, rookie Kona competitor Norway’s Gustav Iden broke the tape with a course record time of 7:40:24. Behind him, new bike course record holder, Sam Laidlow (FRA) took second with a time of 7:42:24, and Iden’s teammate, Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt rounded out the podium with a time of 7:43:23.
Check out our pro men’s photo gallery below to see how the action unfolded.
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American Tim O’Donnell chats with Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Bradley Weiss (RSA) before the swim.
South Africa’s Matt Trautman awaits the start of the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championship men’s pro wave.
The men take off into the clear waters of Kailua Bay, Kona.
A tight pack of pro men battle during the first leg of the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championships.
Germany’s Maurice Clavel exits the water at the end of the swim leg.
Luciano Taccone (ARG) leads a massive pack of cyclists on the bike leg of the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championship.
Sam Laidlow (FRA) en route to a new bike course record.
Cam Wurf (AUS) riding on the Queen K.
A group of men head out toward Hawi on the bike course.
Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) rides during the bike leg of the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championship.
Gustav Iden (NOR) rides through the lava fields of the Big Island in a deep tuck.
France’s Sam Laidlow runs down the Queen K as onlookers cheer.
Norwegians Gustav Iden (left) and Kristian Blummenfelt together through the opening miles of the run course.
Eventual sixth-place finisher Sebastian Kienle (GER) runs in the heat.
Joe Skipper (GBR) moves his way through the field en route to a fifth-place finish.
Countrymen Gustav Iden (front) and Kristian Blummenfelt run together on the Queen K back towards town.
American Tim O’Donnell runs in the heat of the day on his way to a 13th-place finish and his second-fastest Kona time ever.
Sweden’s Jesper Svensson pushes through the heat of the run.
Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Maurice Clavel (GER) run through the crowds. Sanders would eventually finish in 34th place; Clavel would finish in 23rd.
Former world champion Patrick Lange runs through the Kona crowds on his way to a 10th-place finish.
Norway’s Gustav Iden wins the 2022 Hawaii Ironman World Championship with an official time of 7:40:24 and a new course record in only his second Ironman ever.
Gustav Iden rests moments after his historic victory.