ITU Hall of Fame Inductee

Daniel Unger

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Daniel Unger
Germany
Biography

Born in Ravensburg, Germany, Daniel Unger was crowned ITU World Champion in 2007, the pinnacle of a celebrated career that also saw him compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he placed sixth. Arriving at the sport of triathlon as a Junior in the mid 1990s, Daniel was a regular on the World Cup circuit back when it was the top-tier ITU event, but it was his performance on home turf in Hamburg in 2007 for which he makes his way into the ITU Hall of Fame. Starting wearing the number 35 in a field packed with some of the biggest names the sport has produced, Daniel was more than 30 seconds off the lead coming out of the water. A strong bike hauled him back into contention, but it wasn’t until the final 200m that he finally closed in on leader Javier Gomez, passing the Spanish legend and holding on for a memorable win to the sheer delight of the crowds that had lined the final straight and carried him home.

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