Ironman World Championship: Increased equality comes at a cost

October 9, 2022

The question many are pondering at this year’s Ironman World Championship is whether the decision to have the female triathletes compete two days before the men has been an entirely positive development.

The organizers argued that having the women compete in a separate event on a different day than the men generates more attention through television exposure and therefore revenue, in addition to generally better conditions for the women.

Indeed, in the past, the performances of the female triathletes were often lost in the maelstrom of attention paid to the men’s competition. DW