Sunshine Coast based Richard Thompson defends the Ultraman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii

Sunshine Coast based world champion Ultra Ironman Richard Thompson has retained his title by taking out the gruelling three day 2022 Hawaii event recently.

Speaking from Hawaii, the 37 year old said he was thrilled to take out the title against what was considered to be the best field ever assembled for the iconic 40 year old race.

“I know this course really well and it holds a special place in my heart as it dates back to 2008 when I won the Ironman World Championship. (18-24 age group) on debut. A lot has changed in that time but one thing has remained is my desire to perform at my peak with my crew overseeing everything I do.

“It’s been a tough few days but I have really backed my mental and physical training to get me over the line. Even after day one when I finished in third place after the swim and bike leg I knew I had a lot more to give and that’s what gave me the drive to excel over the following two days.

“While I am thrilled to take the win much of the credit goes to my team who are not just the best in the business they are also great friends who have pushed me to be the best version of myself.

“I really thought my Ultraman career was done and dusted a few years back but with the encouragement from my team and a two year Covid hiatus really inspired me to give this another crack.  This event has become my life, I gave up working as a lawyer to focus on this goal and thanks to the support from my incredible sponsors I was able to focus fully on reclaiming my world title in Hawaii.

“The next major ultra triathlon event is in Noosa next year and I’ve committed to pushing myself even harder to take that title. But for now the recovery starts and we’ll start planning for Noosa in the new year. I’m just very keen to get home now and see my three little boys and share this victory with them,” Richard said.

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