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Sebastian Kienle

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80
World Rank
12
National
179
Swim
62
Bike
104
Run
Germany
Weight
73kg
Height
1.81m
Age
39
DOB
06 Jul 1984
Swim
Orca
Bike
Scott
Run
New Balance
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Sebastian Kienle

“The pain we feel in sports is not negative like pain on the dentist chair… our pain makes you feel alive. I want to do it!”

That recent quote in many ways sums up Germany’s Sebastian Kienle.

Passionate, disciplined and determined, Kienle’s name would be on the shortlist of any triathlon fan in the world when asked who their favourite athlete is. Respected and feared in equal measure, Sebastian’s ‘uberbiker’ exploits are a highlight of any race he starts.

First exposed to the sport aged eight when he was a spectator at a small local race, ‘Sebi’ began competing in triathlons four years later and knew that he wanted to a professional triathlete. A quarter of a century later, having won every major championship that a long-distance triathlete can, he is still challenging at the very top.

His passion for the sport is reflected when asking what he is most proud of. It’s not a race victory or a winner’s cheque, but “…that I took the risk to listen to my heart and that lead me to where I am now”. Something we can all learn from.

Making the world take notice

Kienle first started collecting wins in Europe well over a decade ago. On German soil in 2009 he topped the podium at both IRONMAN 70.3 Wiesbaden and Challenge Kraichgau, and he wasted little time in going even longer.

His debut over the iron distance, also in Germany, came at Challenge Roth in 2010 when even a sub-eight hour finish (only the 13th male athlete at the time to achieve that feat), left him six-and-a-half minutes down on Denmark’s Rasmus Henning. Twelve months later he returned and went even quicker… only for his compatriot, Andreas Raelert to smash the world best ahead of him. His time would come though.

Race wins and top performances followed, but Kienle truly announced himself to the triathlon world in emphatic fashion in September 2012. The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Henderson, Nevada was the venue - and the bike course delivered a moment that few will forget.

Three minutes in arrears after the opening 1.9km swim - not unusual for Sebi - he proved his uberbiker status over the next 90km. The race-coverage helicopter caught the moment that Kienle caught and passed the leaders, something he did in such a decisive manner that his bike time was more than five minutes quicker than anyone.

This wasn’t a case of ‘bike splits for show’ however. Sebastian proved he could run too, taking the Gold and his first World Championship title, pushing defending champion Craig Alexander into second place. From that point on, there would be no ‘under the radar’ status for the impressive German.

The IRONMAN World Championship in Kona is a notoriously difficult race for first-timers. His fourth-place finish (despite a flat tyre) on his Hawaii debut, just five weeks after Las Vegas, suggested that Kienle had what it took to compete for victory in future years. He has been proving that ever since.

Another IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship followed in 2013, and his second start in Kona this time saw him secure a podium spot, taking the Bronze medal behind Frederik Van Lierde and Luke McKenzie.

Conquering Kona

Kienle’s build-up to Hawaii in 2014 was not perfect. “I’ve had Achilles problems, and you need to have nearly perfect preparation to win this race,” he said.

Sebi reached dry land at Dig Me Beach after the opening 3.8km swim, three-and-a-half minutes down on the leading duo of Andy Potts and Jan Frodeno. The wind picked up on the lava fields - something a strong bike like Sebastian would welcome - and well before the halfway mark, that deficit had been eliminated.

Simply closing the gap was not enough however, and with memories of his efforts in Las Vegas, he hit the metaphorical accelerator on the return from Hawi. He reached T2 and the start of the marathon three minutes up on Maik Twelsiek, and a further five minutes on the next group of challengers.

If his bike split put him in position to win, his marathon run closed the deal. A 2:54:36 wasn’t the fastest, but it was still more than enough for him to enjoy the finish line on Ali’i Drive and an IRONMAN World Championship title. Second-placed Ben Hoffman arrived more than five minutes later.

“You could never feel safe, I just tried to push until the end… I’m so happy that I had enough in the tank to finally win it.”

Kienle’s CV has been collecting medals and victories ever since - second (2016) and third (2019) in Kona, second (2015 and 2016) at the IRONMAN 70.3 Worlds and three IRONMAN European Championship victories amongst them.

He was also able to return to Challenge Roth - with another sub-eight hour finish - and this time top the podium in 2018, while his hard-fought victory at The Championship in Samorin in 2019 followed two memorable head-to-head battles with Lionel Sanders at the same event in the previous two editions. As with Roth, it was a case of third time’s a charm.

Despite such impressive statistics, Kienle’s passion is far deeper than simply race results.

“The level of freedom I enjoy in my sport and that I can inspire some people to pick up sports” is a huge driver,” he says.

Sebastian says Jan Frodeno is his biggest rival, the pair having shared many epic battles over the years. Thankfully for Team Europe, they will both be on the same side at The Collins Cup.

That is quite a daunting prospect for their opposition.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
80
Ironman Cozumel 2023
Best FD +5%
76.52
Challenge Roth 2023
72.56
Zarauzko Triathlon 2023
68.85
Sum / 3
72.64
Ranking History
#1#76#151#226#30120102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242010Overall27.36 pts#87Swim17.48 pts#299Bike46.61 pts#81Run30.28 pts#1452011Overall73.35 pts#13Swim47.96 pts#116Bike89.42 pts#2Run61.17 pts#602012Overall79.43 pts#7Swim56.82 pts#106Bike84.01 pts#2Run69.28 pts#472013Overall79.19 pts#3Swim59.17 pts#118Bike85.78 pts#2Run69.28 pts#432014Overall88.87 pts#3Swim60.03 pts#174Bike96.50 pts#1Run75.90 pts#322015Overall95.13 pts#2Swim79.66 pts#123Bike101.09 pts#2Run82.55 pts#222016Overall101.06 pts#2Swim79.66 pts#137Bike101.94 pts#4Run88.85 pts#202017Overall105.16 pts#3Swim68.75 pts#237Bike110.88 pts#2Run89.09 pts#222018Overall105.24 pts#5Swim70.19 pts#223Bike110.88 pts#2Run86.09 pts#322019Overall104.61 pts#4Swim74.11 pts#189Bike105.46 pts#4Run93.14 pts#162020Overall101.28 pts#4Swim70.55 pts#158Bike99.38 pts#9Run93.14 pts#102021Overall84.99 pts#29Swim60.55 pts#220Bike84.29 pts#38Run82.51 pts#512022Overall93.07 pts#28Swim70.44 pts#243Bike96.64 pts#15Run96.53 pts#182023Overall72.64 pts#80Swim56.30 pts#160Bike75.95 pts#62Run66.77 pts#1042024Overall72.64 pts#80Swim54.37 pts#179Bike75.95 pts#62Run66.77 pts#104

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results
69 Races18
1
15
2
6
3
2023
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
19 Nov
4
Ironman Cozumel
--:--
4:03:00
2:50:15
6:54:41
72.88
82.5572.88
25 Jun
14
Challenge Roth
50:02
--:--
2:52:07
8:03:49
72.56
89.8172.56
10 Jun
1
Zarauzko Triathlon
35:14
2:04:10
1:08:16
3:49:40
68.85
59.3268.85
21 May
DNF
Challenge St Pölten
26:46
--:--
--:--
--:--
0
74.07-
14 May
4
Challenge Frejus
25:36
2:27:29
1:11:45
4:12:38
67.85
70.2967.85
04 Mar
4
Ironman New Zealand
50:32
4:27:25
2:51:05
8:14:03
63.94
70.1463.94
18 Feb
3
Challenge Wanaka Half
25:39
2:08:40
1:25:11
4:02:57
61.69
68.6261.69
2022
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallSOFPoints
25 Nov
12
Ironman Israel
54:23
4:10:52
2:55:58
8:08:10
55.16
84.7955.16
08 Oct
6
Ironman Hawaii
52:57
4:09:10
2:48:44
7:55:39
88.18
91.4588.18
18 Sep
16
PTO US Open
29:08
1:53:26
1:00:56
3:25:45
77.68
87.1777.68
28 Aug
5
Ironman 70.3 Zell am See
24:52
2:11:14
1:11:44
3:53:08
67.16
73.1867.16
24 Jul
12
PTO Canadian Open
27:59
1:47:48
59:57
3:17:33
81.2
84.8781.20
07 May
14
Ironman St. George World Championships
52:04
4:21:27
2:57:28
8:14:33
74.4
80.0974.40
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
21 Nov
2
Ironman South Africa
24:24
4:17:12
2:47:02
7:32:31
86.8805
07:23:4786.88
05 Sep
DNF
Challenge Roth
51:48
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:23:23-
28 Aug
10
Collins Cup
28:42
1:46:57
1:01:18
3:20:23
88.3209
03:16:5688.32
30 May
9
Challenge St Pölten
27:45
2:09:26
1:10:17
3:52:41
69.8535
03:42:3769.85
09 May
3
Challenge Riccione
29:25
2:11:39
1:11:03
3:55:19
79.7611
03:48:2379.76
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
06 Dec
DNF
Challenge Daytona
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:05:07-
05 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 Tallinn
25:39
1:57:29
1:15:32
3:41:53
76.1942
03:34:1476.19
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
3
Ironman Hawaii
52:17
4:15:04
2:49:56
8:02:04
101.288
08:03:00101.29
08 Sep
5
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
26:50
2:19:57
1:09:31
4:00:18
90.0512
03:56:4690.05
30 Jun
2
Ironman Frankfurt
49:22
4:17:36
2:47:27
8:00:01
108.974
08:06:34108.97
02 Jun
1
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin
25:43
1:56:26
1:11:29
3:38:49
93.5917
03:36:4493.59
19 May
1
Challenge Heilbronn
25:26
2:00:59
1:13:30
3:45:41
89.8536
03:42:1889.85
04 May
7
Ironman 70.3 St. George
25:37
2:08:36
1:15:36
3:53:28
71.1008
03:43:4671.10
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:01:08-
02 Sep
1
Challenge Walchsee
25:53
2:06:14
1:13:37
3:48:39
81.6244
03:42:3181.62
12 Aug
1
Challenge Finland
27:26
1:55:32
1:12:10
3:38:09
85.6927
03:33:3485.69
01 Jul
1
Challenge Roth
47:59
4:07:29
2:47:45
7:46:23
102.137
07:47:53102.14
17 Jun
1
Challenge Heilbronn
25:44
2:09:32
1:12:02
3:50:02
82.6544
03:44:1282.65
03 Jun
2
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin
27:37
1:58:53
1:13:00
3:44:33
95.5167
03:43:0395.52
05 May
2
Ironman 70.3 St. George
25:28
2:01:14
1:14:40
3:42:38
102.734
03:43:33102.73
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
26 Nov
1
Ironman Cozumel
41:36
4:10:48
2:51:42
7:48:11
93.4575
07:43:3893.46
19 Nov
7
Island House
--:--
--:--
--:--
2:08:31
0
--
14 Oct
4
Ironman Hawaii
53:44
4:14:57
2:57:11
8:09:59
102.485
08:11:49102.48
10 Sep
5
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
28:22
2:07:45
1:16:02
3:54:44
86.1816
03:49:5886.18
09 Jul
1
Ironman Frankfurt
50:11
4:02:22
2:45:09
7:41:42
109.302
07:48:14109.30
11 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau
25:03
2:10:36
1:16:37
3:56:00
89.2357
03:52:1589.24
03 Jun
2
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin
24:45
1:56:09
1:16:07
3:41:46
103.687
03:43:00103.69
06 May
3
Ironman 70.3 St. George
25:23
2:01:53
1:16:10
3:46:20
99.7544
03:46:1599.75
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
08 Oct
2
Ironman Hawaii
52:27
4:23:55
2:49:03
8:10:02
101.425
08:11:05101.42
04 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
24:14
2:04:45
1:11:18
3:44:16
99.7026
03:44:1099.70
03 Jul
1
Ironman Frankfurt
52:12
4:12:12
2:44:12
7:52:43
102.039
07:54:10102.04
05 Jun
2
Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau
23:48
2:09:27
1:14:42
3:51:24
76.1265
03:43:2476.13
22 May
1
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
23:08
2:03:30
1:16:15
3:46:48
85.9944
03:42:0885.99
07 May
2
Ironman 70.3 St. George
25:45
2:06:30
1:15:49
3:51:10
92.023
03:48:2692.02
02 Apr
12
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
25:53
2:17:41
1:14:31
4:04:00
49.1251
03:46:4249.13
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Oct
8
Ironman Hawaii
52:36
4:25:53
3:06:08
8:29:43
81.1951
08:15:4481.20
30 Aug
2
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
24:04
2:09:54
1:15:22
3:52:48
90.6594
03:49:3590.66
05 Jul
2
Ironman Frankfurt
50:03
4:11:07
2:56:44
8:01:39
98.0334
08:00:1498.03
07 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau
24:27
2:08:44
1:15:25
3:51:56
83.656
03:46:2383.66
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
06 Dec
DNF
Challenge Bahrain
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:33:57-
11 Oct
1
Ironman Hawaii
54:38
4:20:46
2:54:36
8:14:18
97.0649
08:12:0897.06
07 Sep
18
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
25:37
2:07:28
1:17:11
3:53:59
64.4358
03:42:0864.44
06 Jul
1
Ironman Frankfurt
49:40
4:12:13
2:49:35
7:55:14
95.8122
07:52:1695.81
15 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau
25:24
2:10:24
1:15:16
3:53:37
72.9275
03:44:3072.93
03 May
10
Ironman 70.3 St. George
26:11
2:07:38
1:12:35
3:49:38
78.6783
03:42:3178.68
29 Mar
3
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
25:35
2:10:40
1:14:11
3:53:21
78.217
03:45:5878.22
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
3
Ironman Hawaii
54:13
4:22:33
2:58:35
8:19:24
84.8454
08:08:1884.85
08 Sep
1
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
25:38
2:10:10
1:14:50
3:54:02
0
--
07 Jul
9
Ironman Frankfurt
49:25
4:30:28
2:55:12
8:18:38
57.5749
07:48:4857.57
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Oct
4
Ironman Hawaii
55:21
4:33:23
2:54:24
8:27:08
86.5214
08:17:0586.52
09 Sep
1
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
26:32
2:07:54
1:16:45
3:54:35
0
--
08 Jul
2
Ironman Frankfurt
48:58
4:25:28
2:51:38
8:09:55
77.4198
07:53:5277.42
2011
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
19 Nov
6
Ironman Arizona
53:45
4:26:38
2:55:19
8:19:29
58.0038
07:49:5358.00
10 Jul
2
Challenge Roth
49:58
4:12:46
2:52:02
7:57:06
79.9448
07:43:1079.94
2010
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Jul
2
Challenge Roth
52:15
4:14:07
2:50:17
7:59:06
82.0914
07:46:3482.09
2008
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
08 Nov
11
Ironman 70.3 World Championship
25:25
2:02:55
1:16:02
3:47:54
0
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Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2024
72
80
2023
72
80
2022
93
28
2021
84
29
2020
101
4
2019
104
4
2018
105
5
2017
105
3
2016
101
2
2015
95
2
2014
88
3
2013
79
3
2012
79
7
2011
73
13
2010
27
87
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2024
54
179
2023
56
160
2022
70
243
2021
60
220
2020
70
158
2019
74
189
2018
70
223
2017
68
237
2016
79
137
2015
79
123
2014
60
174
2013
59
118
2012
56
106
2011
47
116
2010
17
299
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2024
75
62
2023
75
62
2022
96
15
2021
84
38
2020
99
9
2019
105
4
2018
110
2
2017
110
2
2016
101
4
2015
101
2
2014
96
1
2013
85
2
2012
84
2
2011
89
2
2010
46
81
Run
Year
Points
Position
2024
66
104
2023
66
104
2022
96
18
2021
82
51
2020
93
10
2019
93
16
2018
86
32
2017
89
22
2016
88
20
2015
82
22
2014
75
32
2013
69
43
2012
69
47
2011
61
60
2010
30
145
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