Katrina Matthews crosses the finish line, underneath two digital clocks, and holding aloft the blue finishing tape. She is a legend!
Photo credit: Mana Sports and Entertainment Group

ASICS is today celebrating the record breaking results of both Kristian Blummenfelt (Norway) and Katrina Matthews (UK) at the Pho3nix Sub7 and Sub8 event hosted at the Dekra Lauritzring in Dresden, Germany.

Matthews and Blummenfelt both made history, becoming the first athletes ever to break the Sub7 and Sub8 time in the Ironman distance. Supported by a team of 10 pacemakers across the three disciplines and cutting-edge technology to achieve the impossible, the results will not be recognised by the official bodies, but remain impressive and ground breaking.

From substitute to winner – Matthews surpassed herself

After Ironman 70.3 world champion Lucy Charles-Barclay was ruled out of Sub8 due to an injury, the newly signed ASICS ambassador Katrina Matthews was quick to rise to the occasion. Breaking the Sub8 barrier and beating Nicola Spirig (Switzerland) by 2.65 minutes, Matthews made history today. Matthews followed strong swimming and cycling performances with a 2:46:09 run and crossed the line wearing the ASICS METASPEEDTM SKY+ shoe.

“I have a lot of emotions, but I mainly feel gratitude for this amazing team effort. Despite being a late edition to the event, I knew what I was capable of, but to actually see the time at the finish have a seven instead of an eight at the front was crazy – I don’t have another word to describe it,” said Katrina Matthews.


Katrina Matthews: 7:31:54

Swim: 54:43

Bike: 3:50:06

Run: 2:46:09

Dominant performance by Blummenfelt

Slipping on the METASPEEDTM SKY shoe, Blummenfelt took off for the run, and crossed the finish line in 6:44:25 – breaking the Sub7 barrier as the first male Ironman athlete ever. After completing the 3,8km swim in 48:21 and 180km cycle in 3:24:22, Blummenfelt still had to catch contender Joe Skipper (UK) on his run leg who finished 3.11 minutes after Blummenfelt.

“Breaking Sub7 is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication, continuously pushing my limits – physically and mentally. I’m very happy with the result today and want to thank my incredible pacemakers who supported me throughout the course. Also huge kudos to Skipper and the other athletes for their performances. This was a once in a lifetime event with a super-fast race course and overall great conditions, helping my plan come together today,” said Kristian Blummenfelt


Kristian Blummenfelt: 6:44:25

Swim: 48:21

Bike: 3:24:22

Run: 2:30:50