Hemel Hempstead Canoe Club member, 33 year old Daniel Corner, conquered appalling conditions in the Czech Republic to retain his World Quadrathlon crown in Sedlcany.
In torrential rain, Dan, who races for Shorter Rochford, tackled a gruelling 1500m swim, 7km kayak, 40km bike and 10km run to win for the third consecutive year.
The margin of his victory was over 7 minutes, more than double last years gap over the runner up, Czech National Champion Miroslav Podborsky.
Danl finished the swim in third place and over the 5 laps of the kayak course gradually overhauled the two athletes in front to take the lead.
“Kayaking after swimming is really tough” said Corner “your arms are burning but you have to keep driving on through the pain”.
Daniel was closely followed by Hungarian Adam Molnar into the bike transition whilst Podborsky remained a threat in third place.
Dan is renowned for his world class cycling, but the surface water made the course treacherous.
He said after the race “The roads were so slippery it would have been dangerous to push as hard as I usually do, especially on the descents. One mistake could have cost me the race” although he later admitted “my back wheel did kick out at the turn around point.”
After an exceptional run Dan increased his lead to destroy the rest of the field and finish the race over 7 minutes ahead of Podborsky and German Thoralf Berg in third.
“I buried myself on the run, you never know how good your competitors are feeling and I could not afford to be complacent.”
Dan, who fits his training in around being a full time builder said
“There is something really special about being a triple World Champion, I never ever thought it would happen, I still cannot quite believe it.”
His build up to these championships has been impressive; winning triathlons around the country over the last month in Ripon, Bedford, and Swanage.
At the Goodwood Fesival of Speed, he was a member of the 12 man Porsche
Human Performance Relay team who ran 540 miles on a treadmill in 48 hours, to secure a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
“It was an honour to be chosen to take part” said Dan “although running the equivalent of two marathons at top speed certainly took its toll on my legs”
Dan’s most recent event of the season was the Helvellyn triathlon. Competing against 470 others, Dan swam 1300 yds in Ullswater, cycled 38 miles over the Kirkstone Pass and ran 9 miles to the top of Helvellyn (3,118ft) and back to Glenridding to win in a total time of 3hrs 20 mins. This was 8 mins faster than the time that Alistair Brownlee’s ( the 2009 world triathlon champion) took 2 years earlier
Dan is sponsored by Shorter Rochford who have shops in both Potters Bar and North Finchley. He lives in St Albans with his fiancée Louise, who took all the very wet pictures in the Czech Republic. His next target is the World Multisport Championships in New Zealand in February.