TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Norwegian triathlon athlete Gustav Iden, who has worn a hat that name-checks a Taiwanese temple during victories, has managed to hang on to his title once again.
Iden, who won the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in the U.S. state of Utah on Saturday (Sept. 18), cheerfully declared that his title is intact, according to CNA.
This was the second time he won the prestigious event, the first being in Nice, France, in 2019.
Wearing a hat that bears the words "Puyan Shunze Temple" (埔鹽順澤宮), Iden won the triathlon event in Utah in 3 hours, 37 minutes, and 13 seconds.
The triathlon consisted of a 1,900-meter swim, a 90-kilometer cycle, and a 21.1-km run. Iden completed the swimming in 24 minutes and 54 seconds; the cycling in 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 59 seconds; and the run in 1 hour, 11 minutes, and 32 seconds.
The Norwegian noticed the hat lying on the ground when he took part in an Ironman competition in Tokyo. He picked it up and took good care of it with the hope it would bring him luck — which it did.
Iden and his lucky hat went viral in Taiwan as a result of the athlete’s stellar performances in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice.
In 2019, Iden was invited to participate in a marathon held in Tianzhong Township, Changhua County, and he has since visited the Puyan Shunze Temple, which is also in Changhua.
Taiwanese bicycle brand GIANT has been sponsoring the Norwegian with its top-class bicycles, the report said.