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Jan Frodeno eyes unprecedented Olympic-Ironman double (video)

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On Saturday, Jan Frodeno will attempt to become the first triathlete to win an Olympic title and an Ironman World Championship.

The German 2008 Olympic champion finished third in his debut at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, one year ago. So he’s already in a class of his own, the only triathlete to win Olympic gold and finish on the podium in Kailua-Kona.

On Saturday, Frodeno will go up against defending champion and countryman Sebastian Kienle and the 2013 winner, Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium.

Frodeno is arguably the favorite, given he trounced Kienle by nearly 12 minutes and Van Lierde by nearly 18 minutes in triple-digit heat at the Ironman European Championships on July 5 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Ironman triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon. It took Frodeno 8 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds to complete in 2014. Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, also completed the 2014 Ironman World Championships in an impressive time.

The Olympic triathlon includes a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. It took Frodeno 1 hour, 48 minutes, 53 seconds to complete in 2008.

On the women’s side, Australian Mirinda Carfrae is going for her third straight title in Kailua-Kona. Carfrae’s marathon time in 2013 (2:50:38) was the third fastest of the day, among women and men. Her marathon time in 2014 (2:50:26) was the fifth fastest of the day, among women and men.

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Hines Ward, Gordon Ramsay among Ironman World Championships field

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At least two famous names can be found scanning through the list of some 2,000 competitors at the Ironman World Championships.

Retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will attempt to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Saturday.

Ward, 37 and a “Dancing With the Stars” champion, has been gearing up for one of the most grueling sporting events in the world since last October.

He’s been working out at least three hours per day, six days per week, according to The Associated Press. He completed a qualifying event in Kansas that was half the distance of the Ironman in 5:53:18.

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Ramsay, 46, has completed 15 marathons, according to the Herald Sun in Australia. He expects to complete Saturday’s event in over 12 hours and then get an Ironman tattoo on his ankle.

Defending champions Pete Jacobs of Australia (8:18:37 in 2012) and Leanda Cave of Great Britain (9:15:54) lead the elite fields.

Cave was diagnosed with skin cancer earlier this year.

Hiromu Inada, 80, is reportedly the oldest competitor in a race that includes athletes as young as 18.

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