10 Chapters About Sam Laidlow

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Sam Laidlow’s whole life has been about being the best triathlete in the world. He is a relatively new face in the sport, but one that has quickly made a name for himself by becoming Ironman World Champion at age 24.

A Brief Introduction To Sam Laidlow

Before we dive into the details, let’s start with a quick overview of who Sam Laidlow is:

Full NameSam Laidlow
Nickname
Date of BirthDecember 23, 1998
NationalityFrench
Height (How tall is Sam Laidlow?)189 cm (6’2″)
Weight75 kg (165 lbs)
DisciplineTriathlon (Long-Distance)
CoachRichard Laidlow
Team(s)
First Triathlon2003 – yes, at 4 years old.
Turned Pro2017
AchievementsIronman World Champion
Sam Laidlow
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Early Life and Athletic Beginnings

Sam Laidlow was born in England but moved to Southern France when he was young. His parents run a triathlon training business, Sancture Sportifs, which exposed the sport to Sam from an early age.

Between the ages of 13 and 17, Sam lived, studied, and trained at the National Altitude Training Centre (the “universe of high performance”). His goal was to become the best triathlete and train to become a world champion.

Returning Home

Returning home at age 17, Sam raced in sprint and Olympic distance races, winning some but wanting to move up to the Ironman distance.

At age 19, Sam entered and won the Bearman Xtri, an extreme Ironman distance race. Laidlow’s first time at the distance included a great swim, a dominating bike through the Pyrenees, and a solid run to cross the finish line first. He showed that he had great legs and world champion grit even at such a young age.

Ironman Distance Breakthrough

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At the age of 20, Sam entered The Lakesman, an Ironman distance race held in Keswick, UK. His winning time of 8:21 was the fastest time ever by an athlete in the UK.

He turned professional and entered Ironman Barcelona, finishing 7th in 8:05:40.

In 2020, he won a half Ironman distance race, the Triathlon de la Montagne Noire.

In 2021, Sam raced in the Spanish Long Distance Championship, an Ironman distance race, which he won. He followed that up a week later with a solid 2nd place in the Championnat de France de triathlon, a half-ironman distance race.

In 2022, Sam finished 8th in the Ironman World Championships held in St. George, Utah which were held in May due to Covid. In October, he shocked the world with an impressive performance of second place in the Ironman World Championship held in Kona, Hawaii. His time had arrived.

In 2023, at age 24, Sam really showed his talent with wins at Challenge Gran Canaria 70.3, Challenge London 70.3, and his first Ironman World Championship title in Nice (his home soil).

World Championship Titles

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Source – Instagram / ironmantri. Finish line at the Ironman World Championship – Nice, France

One of Laidlow’s most significant achievements is his World Championship title.

YearMedalEvent
20231stIronman World Championship (Nice, France)

Notable Results

Below is a list of many of Sam Laidlow’s most notable results.

YearMedalEvent
20212ndIronman UK
20224thPTO Canadian Open
20224thPTO US Open
20222ndIronman World Championship
20231stChallenge Gran Canaria 70.3
20231stChallenge London 70.3
20231stIronman World Championship (Nice, France)

Records and Achievements

2016 – Fastest time ever recorded in a UK Ironman distance race – 8:21.

2022 – 2nd place in his first Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

2022 – Set a new bike course record at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

2023 – First French Ironman World Champion.

2023 – Youngest ever Ironman World Champion at age 24.

Personal Life

Sam is trained by his father, who owns a triathlon training center in France.

Sam likes to race from the front, often dominating on the bike.

Sam has a full back tattoo of a ship along with the words, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor”

When interviewed immediately following his win, he replied, “I can’t believe it. It’s the stuff I’ve dreamt of like my whole life.” Also, “I’m just a kid doing this.”

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