First, Janâ€™s antics are probably 10% of what this guy did in Austria, second Jan has earned his right to be a bit over the top (but he really isnâ€™t) by being one of the best all around triathletes in history, third his displays (again not really over the top) come usually in races with stacked fields (Oceanside, Frankfurt, 70.3 worlds, Kona...), not IM Austria which an important race certainly, is not in the same level than those, fourth, too much antics for this guy and I bet heâ€™ll get smoked by at least 15 guys in Kona.
I think this IM Austria win means a lot more to this guy, than it does for Frodeno to win another IM Frankfurt!
A few things to remember when assessing his out of the ordinary celebration: The guy is 23 years old. He just won his first pro race one week prior (IM 70.3 Finland). This was the home race of his team. It was his first ever full IM. The spectators was going crazy when he entered the arena. He is going to Kona. A win would give him a bonus, from his team, that was big enough for him to finally live and train as a true pro, in other words; a real game changer in his life.
To me it is no wonder his emotions was a bit to much too handle for him! I think it was hilarious to watch, even though it was closer to boxer antics, than if he had asked his girlfriend to marry him on the finish line...
In a post race interview he said that it was certainly not his intention to show disrespect for the race or his follow competitors. He also acknowledged that he is in for a hard race in Kona, as he doesn't adapt to extreme heat very well. Quite humble guy actually, at least when not on the finish line :-)