I had to really focus the last 10km as I could feel the day was catching up with me. In 1986 she completed the Ironman in 13 hours and 23 minutes, setting a record in the 50-to-59 women's age group. What follows is a result of that mission. Ironman triathletes must complete the bicycle course at the World Championships in 10 hours, 30 minutes. A three time Olympian, four time ITU World Champion of triathlon and duathlon, and countless ITU World Cup and Ironman victor, few athletes can match all that Tim has achieved. Indeed, you have to go back to Kona 2008 for the last time Chrissie didn’t finish with 8:XX on the clock – and that was the year that she spent 10+ minutes on the side of the road with a puncture… and still won with a finish time of 9:06:23. As with the swimming cutoff, failure to achieve the bicycle cutoff time eliminates the triathlete from the event. All change following Roth 2016 – Daniela Ryf producing a stunning 4:31:29 bike split. The only downside of all of this work? Her finish made her the first women’s champion. Last update: December 9th, 2020 (2019 and 2020 results and changes are shown with a green background). His passion for sport, especially running, began at the age of six when he joined the school run club and from there, feel in love with competition. Sport and numbers seem to be a perfect marriage. Yvonne Van Vlerken recorded her first sub-9 clocking for more than four years when winning Ironman Florida 2012, which was the fourth time she has achieved that, leaving her tied for third place (with Paula Newby Fraser) behind Chrissie Wellington (nine) and Rebekah Keat (five) in the “most sub-9 finishes” all-time list. Things have moved on so quickly that Chrissie’s 8:51:24 from that race doesn’t even make the top-50 now anyway – and following Daniela Ryf’s 2015 efforts, it isn’t even the course record any longer! That said, Eva Wutti’s 8:37:36 at Ironman Copenhagen 2013 was her first Ironman finish – but not technically a debut, having been a DNF earlier in the year at Ironman Austria. But I digress. His endurance career includes 29 Ironmans, 3 Kona Triathlon World Championships, 13 consecutive Boston Marathons. Want some more Chrissie stats? Steffen sat alone in third place in the ‘most Sub-9’s’ with six, following her third place in Melbourne 2015. Do you believe there is a performance missing here? On average, women are 0.6% faster than men during super-long races that stretch towards (and beyond) the 200 mile mark. This is about 50 percent of your total racing time, with the swim taking an average of 1:16, or … She finished the day with her second-fastest marathon ever in Kona—2:57:05—to cross the finish line in 8:26:16. Known for his speed, one of Tim’s most cherished moments was running the Great Manchester 10km in 2010 in 28.56 – just 52 seconds behind the great Haile Gebrselassie – which is, as Tim says himself, “not bad for a triathlete.”. Set the date and time so all the clock's readings are accurate. Mary Cain’s male coaches were convinced she had to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Then her body started breaking down. While Linsey Corbin won in 8:42:42 (a PB time, and her second Sub-9, currently ranked as the 12th fastest time on record), positions two thru five in that race saw four more Sub-9 club members in Simone Brändli  (#43), Lisa Hütthaler (#44), Sofie Goos (#45) and Michi Herlbauer (#46). Thirty four sub-nine’s in the past ten races (2008-2017), 41 in total, the four fastest times ever plus six of the top-10…. Sub-9 hour iron women triathletes [UPDATED], Susie Cheetham, Sonja Tajsich and Hayley Chura, The Fastest British Athletes at the IRONMAN World Championships, Hawaii. Eva has since added a second entry to this listing with another win, this time at Challenge Barcelona 2013 (8:51:01), a third at the same race (this time under ‘Ironman Barcelona’ branding) to defend that title a year later in a new course record of 8:49:21 – and now a fourth on home soil at Ironman Austria 2015. Challenge Almere (Yvonne van Vlerken), IRONMAN Barcelona (Van Vlerken, Huetthaler, Sammler, Konschak), IRONMAN Hawaii (Ryf and Charles), IRONMAN Arizona (Sali, Frederiksen, Annett) and IRONMAN Cozumel (Lisa Roberts and Kirsty Jahn). The first Ironman triathlon was held in Hawaii in 1978, and only 15 athletes started the ultimate test of human endurance. And, following the excitement from Quelle Challenge Roth (2009), and the fantastic world best figures of Chrissie Wellington, I thought it was a great opportunity to look, in depth, at ladies iron-distance performances. Average Half Ironman time by Age Group. What’s the Fastest Ironman Triathlon Time? Sarah Crowley (AUS) won IRONMAN Cairns (Asia-Pacific Champs), to become member #67 of the Sub-9 Club. I bloody love them! I then had to do the same task for the sub-eight hour men! Anne Haug The 6 best ways to lace your running shoes, Frederik Van Lierde: A Tribute to The Legend. Should you think I’ve missed any, please send me the details (editor@tri247.com), as my aim is to create the definitive list of sub-nine hour female iron distance finishes. As a general rule, average times tend to get slower with age on both the Men’s and Women’s side. A new year and another personal best, this time second at Ironman New Zealand 2016 with a time of 8:09:37, made him the fourth fastest British athlete ever – before becoming the first British ‘Sub-8’ athlete at Challenge Roth 2016. (One ‘might’ (!) A professional athlete since 1997, Tim has seen it all. Do the fundamental right and don’t get caught up in the hype of being a pro. Would that impact her efforts in Kona – not at all, as she went on to break the course record and defend her title in Hawaii. Keep it simple - and just love and enjoy what you do everyday. Her Boston Marathon time of 2:22:43 stood as the fastest time by an American woman for 28 years. That, is, fast. Rounding out the women’s top five standouts were Kona rookie, Germany’s Laura Philipp (8:51:42) and American Heather Jackson (8:54:44), who made her best world championship time … The Timex Ironman is a sports watch that allows you to time and track your athletic performance. I even found websites dedicated to this very subject – and realised I knew more than them anyway! It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Following Ironman South Africa 2017 she now had seven career sub-nine hour finishes – now up to eight at Challenge Roth 2017. Those top five times, along with her Kona course record (2009) were all achieved in consecutive races…which she followed up with arguably her greatest performance ever at the 2011 Ironman World Championships, even if it wasn’t (quite!) It was – and will continue to be – widely written and reported that Chrissie Wellington “re-wrote the record books” at Challenge Roth in 2010, recording a breathtaking time of 8:19:13 for the iron distance. It’s now eight consecutive sub-nine finishes 2009-2011 inclusive (and nine in total). But his performance in Brazil has further cemented him into the annals of Ironman history. It … She beat her own record, set in 2016, by 20 minutes. Not surprisingly, Roth wins in terms of course speed. Members #65 and #66 are Susie Cheetham (winner) and Haley Chura (third) at IRONMAN Brasil, while second placed Sonja Tajsich (GER) recorded her third 8:XX finish in Florianopolis. Raising the bar for sure – though no more following Chrissie’s Ironman retirement. While Daniela Ryf racked up her ninth career Sub-9 finish when winning a third consecutive IRONMAN World Championship, Great Britain’s Lucy Charles joined the Sub-9 Club as member #71 thanks to her brilliant second place finish. This definitely comes with a ‘don’t try this at home’ warning. With 8h57’57 “she equaled the mark of Mirinda Carfrae in 2011, which is the 5th best mark in history until then. Online triathlon magazine with product reviews, a bike fit guide, training tips, and several regular columnists. Daniela Ryf have joined the list of the 10 best time ever recorded in Kona. Erika Csomor made it three sub-nine clocking’s at Ironman Austria 2011 (and added a fourth in 2013 at the same event…. On one of the fastest Ironman courses in the world in Brazil, UK On runner Tim Don destroys the current Ironman World Record by more than 4 minutes with a time of 7:40:23. The very latest additions to the listing is include yet another fast British athlete, as Corinne Abraham’s 8:52:40 at Ironman Frankfurt makes her member #47. Ironman Austria 2014 added four more names. Estrogen likely plays a key role in giving women an advantage at such long distances. World Triathlon Series Rankings are used to determine the best performing triathletes of the season. The fastest 10 women are: 1 – 8h52’14 “of Mirinda Carfrae, champion in 2013. The shoe of Tim Don: worn while he broke the Ironman world record. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of triathletes competing in Ironman triathlons all around the world. After winning Ironman Texas, Jodie Robertson joined the Sub-9 Club as member #64, with Michi Herlbauer recording her third 8:XX for second place. The answer, based on our analysis of more than 67,000 finishers in 40 Half Ironman triathlons: about 6 hours, on average. I researched extensively, and as far as I could see, nobody else knew either. No longer… as another Challenge Roth victory in 2015 means that Yvonne now pulled level with Chrissie, only to become the first woman into double figures with her tenth sub-nine finish at Ironman Barcelona 2015. Average Time. a Kona record. Yvonne Van Vlerken recorded her first sub-9 clocking for more than four years when winning Ironman Florida 2012, which was the fourth time she has achieved that, leaving her tied for third place (with Paula Newby Fraser) behind Chrissie Wellington (nine) and Rebekah Keat (five) in the “most sub-9 finishes” all-time list. and then a fifth at Ironman Florida! American Krista Whelen missed out on this list my just one second – she recorded nine hours exactly in 1992 at Roth. Hiromu was 85-years and 328 days old when he ran the 2018 Ironman in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on 13 October 2018. At about the 5km mark, Frank (trainer) shouted to me “you can get the record if you run a 2.48” and I was like “what record?” ), while Gina Crawford (née Ferguson) made it three for her at Challenge Roth 2012 and four at Ironman Frankfurt 2014. Want the latest triathlon news and advice delivered to your inbox? Ironically, for 17 years her bike time of 4:45:59 that day was the fastest women’s Ironman bike split – smashed by Chrissie with a 4:40:28 at Roth 2009, and then again (4:36:33) in 2010. Stay on time by setting the watch's alarm features. And so, it started… many hours of head-scratching, web surfing and historic magazine research – too many hours! The latest addition (#68), is Lisa Roberts courtesy of third place at Challenge Roth 2017 – a race in which Laura Siddall set a PB, improving on her figures from 12 months previously on what was widely regarded as a much tougher new run course. What’s more, she is part of a select club of just six athletes to have finished with an 8:XX time in Kona. Elizabeth Lyles, winner Ironman Western Australia 2013 was the 40th time on the list while more recent additions are (#41), Kelly Williamson courtesy of a win (8:54:42) at Ironman Texas 2014 and (#42), Sara Gross at Ironman Brasil (8:56:35). Athlete #59 and #60 to this list (Laura Siddall (Roth 2016) and Astrid Stienen (Barcelona 2016) are both ‘first timers’ in 2016, while #61 is Malindi Elmore (CAN) at Ironman Arizona 2016, with Mareen Hufe and Sarah Piampiano (both Ironman Western Australia), members #62 and #63 respectively. Since Frederiksen’s record was set when the Bahrain event was run as part of the Challenge Series, some have credited Daniela Ryf with the fastest 70.3 time on record, based on her 3:57:55 winning time at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia in 2018. This average includes both male and female athletes. As a very proud finisher of 2x IronMan races (Kona 70.3 & Napa 140.6) I really would consider myself a “NARP” - non-athletic regular person :) (Who just loves to exercise and workout. In 2008, Chrissie Wellington received much comment about celebrating ‘too much’ on the run-in to the line in Frankfurt, and thus missing the then world best of Paula Newby-Fraser (8:50:53). Member #48 goes to Daniela Ryf, thanks to her 8:53:33 and second Ironman victory, at Ironman Copenhagen 2014, #49 is Angela Naeth (Ironman Chattanooga 2014), #50 is Britta Martin, winner at Ironman Western Australia 2014 and the latest new names from 2015 are, #51, Melissa Hauschildt (Melbourne), #52, Ariane Moniticeli (Brazil), #53, Carrie Lester (Roth), #54, Anja Beranek (Roth), #’s 55-57 (Kaisa Lehtonen, Elisabeth Gruber and Eimear Mullan) at Ironman Barcelona and #58 is Amanda Stevens (Arizona). Well, here is one of those “record books”, and it too has been re-written once again. Roth was also the venue of the first ever sub-nine clocking from Thea Sybesma (NED) in 1991, in what at the time was ‘Ironman Europe’. Whether that’s making the 17-hour Ironman cut-off, running a sub-three hour marathon or beating 25 minutes in your club ’10’, everyone likes to break a barrier and set a personal best. I’ve recently posted about the fastest 2017 IM finishes, this post aggregates the data by continent and nations: Who were the fastest women in 2017?. Following Chrissie’s quite staggering performances at Roth 2009, Roth in 2010 and Roth 2011, added to her figures from Ironmans Arizona and South Africa, Chrissie held the five fastest iron-distance times ever. If so, please do let me know via editor@tri247.com. With the 2016 Ironman World Championships almost upon us we look back at the Top Ironman Hawaii Finishers Archive with the top overall finishers dating all the way back to 1978. argue that it should/could be six – but her win at Ironman Cozumel in 2013 was on a shortened swim course due to sea conditions). Included in this $13K package are Zipp wheels, Dura Ace Di2 components, BMC V cockpit and a Fizik Tritone saddle. That was six, but with Challenge Roth 2014 (8:59:36) and now Melbourne 2015, Yvonne Van Vlerken was just one short of Chrissie’s record, with eight sub-nine finishes to her name. Tube shaping, component integration and plenty of time spent in the wind tunnel studying rider position makes the new Timemachine for BMC one of the fastest straight-line bikes in the world. Something new – Daniela Ryf becomes the first female athlete to break the 9-hour barrier twice in a week, following Challenge Roth and Ironman Switzerland. Most Ironman events, including the Hawaii Ironman, enforce a strict 17 hour time limit in which to complete the race. An athlete’s final score is obtained by adding the five best scores in the World Triathlon Series events plus the points gained in the ITU World Championship Series Grand Final. Samuelson won gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the first year women were allowed to compete at the distance. As at 15th April 2018, 74 women have now finished an iron-distance triathlon with an 8:XX:XX clocking, and we now have 172 sub-9 female finishes recorded. A championship cyclist (she was the American record holder for the 25 mile time trial), Lyn Lemaire was the only woman in the field of the 1979 IRONMAN World Championship. The top women, however, will finish the bike race in about half that time. Member #72 (Helle Frederiksen) and #73 (Jen Annett) joined the Sub-9 Club at IRONMAN Arizona 2017, where they finished second and third respectively behind Kaisa Sali (FIN), who won with her third career 8:XX finish. Recording a ‘sub-nine’ (hours) time for ladies, is a natural goal for many of the elite athletes in our sport, (just as going ‘sub-eight‘ is for men), but, how often has it been done? Member #69 is Daniela Sammler and #70 is Katja Konschak, both at the IRONMAN Barcelona 2017. A year later, she did it again! Let’s take a look at the average Half Ironman times broken down by Age Group. However Ironman Austria (Klagenfurt) comes closest now with 22 following the 2016 edition. The performance of Cat Morrison at Roth 2009 was surpassed by Mary Beth Ellis as the fastest debut iron-distance performance following her Klagenfurt 2011 win (8:43:35). The online non-profit resource Run Tri lists the average Ironman bike time as 6:25, or approximately 17.3 mph. 2011 was the second time (2009 being the first) that Chrissie has achieved three sub-nine hour finishes in one year. She is showing no signs of stopping and went to eleven following Challenge Roth 2016, twelve at Ironman Arizona 2016, 13 at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam and 14 at Ironman Barcelona! I love my Cloudflow. An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order. Even before heading out in Brazil over the weekend, the 39-year-old UK runner has had an incredible career. That bike mantle has now been taken by Caroline Steffen though, her 4:35:29 (Melbourne 2012) is now the gold standard, though Yvonne Van Vlerken was just 20 seconds short of that at Ironman Florida 2013. On one of the fastest Ironman courses in the world in Brazil, UK On runner Tim Don destroys the current Ironman World Record by more than 4 minutes with a time of 7:40:23. Chrissie’s marathon (2:48:54) was also a world’s best… until 10th July 2011 when she improved that yet again to 2:44:35. Her times at the Chicago and the Olympic marathons are still the fastest times ever recorded by a woman. The 36th name to join the ‘Sub-9 Club’ was Lucie Reed, Challenge Barcelona 2013 (second place, 8:57:34), with the 37th member Ashley Clifford with second place (8:49:03) at Ironman Florida 2013. Whatever your sport, or whatever your ability, sooner or later you’ll invariably be creating targets based on time. Charles remained steady all the way to the finish, crossing at 8:36:32 to … See images from 2019 Ironman Florida below and see complete results here. His record time involved a 44:16 swim, a 4:06:56 bike ride, and a 2:44:46 marathon. Prior to Tim, the Ironman record (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run) stood at 7:44:29 by Lionel Sanders with a 53:45 swim, 4:04:38 bike and a 2:42:21 marathon. 2018 Updates: IRONMAN South Africa (Lucy Charles). Not content with that, Yvonne came within seconds of her own PB figures while finishing second to Caroline Steffen at Challenge Roth 2013 (8:46:22) to join Rebekah Keat on five sub-nine’s, only to then recorded her best ever time (8:43:07) when winning Ironman Florida 2013, just weeks after taking fourth place at Kona. Finally, use the Chrono setting to measure and track your laps while you run. Ironman-branded best time. The data is mainly based on my database with results from 2005 onwards, but I have tried to add fast times from before that. 13 October 2018 The fastest completion of the IRONMAN® World Championship by a female athlete is 8 hours 26 minutes 18 seconds, achieved by Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) at Kailua-Kona in Hawaii, USA, on 13 October 2018. Especially in the closing stages when you are pushing the limit and your form is going - it just gives me confidence. At the time of her retirement, Wellington held the four fastest times ever recorded by a woman over the ironman distance, and had the greatest number of sub-9 hour times – … – and I realised, not quickly enough, that I’d embarked on an “I’d started, so I had to finish mission”. Here’s a list of fastest times and national and continental records on the Ironman distance. Receive more great content like this in your inbox! Looking at the fastest times by continent, a clear order is evident: Europe, North America and Oceania are close together, Africa and South America are a bit back, followed by Asia/Pacific with a large gap. The Hawaii Ironman is held sometime between September and November each year, with competitors qualifying by placing in another of the Ironman races held across the world. Behind her, Gina Crawford (her fourth) and Elizabeth Lyles (her second), added to their totals. International Triathlon Union (ITU) Long (49.6 miles), 70.3 (56 miles), and Ironman (112 miles) distance triathlons have significantly longer legs … Superman’s cousin is a Kryptonian just like him, so Kara Zor-El has the same sun-induced superspeed that Kal-El does. Consistency is key. 2017 Updates following IRONMAN South Africa 2017 (Daniela Ryf and Kaisa Lehtonen), IRONMAN Texas 2017 (Jodie Robertson and Michi Herlbauer), IRONMAN Cairns (Sarah Crowley), IRONMAN Brasil (Susie Cheetham, Sonja Tajsich and Hayley Chura), Challenge Roth (Daniela Ryf, Laura Siddall and Lisa Roberts), Challenge Regensburg (Diana Riesler). 1. For your consideration - the bike tech and specs of the super sleds used by the fastest pro women in the field at the 2019 Ironman World Championship at Kona. Wellington put on yet another impressive record-breaking performance by shattering the Ironman South Africa bike, run and course records, to finish in a time of 8:33:56 and in the process record the all-time fastest women’s time for a sanctioned Ironman event. Today, as founder and managing partner of WinSight he helps guide exceptional clients like Ironman, Brooks Shoes, Coke, Neilsen, AT&T Wireless and many more to greater success. Home > Triathlon Features > Analysis > Sub-9 hour iron women triathletes [UPDATED]. At about the 5km mark, Frank (trainer) shouted to me “you can get the record if you run a 2.48” and I was like “what record?” When he said the world record I nearly fell over. The epic race marks the first time a woman has gone under 8:30 at an Ironman. Members 38 and 39 came via Ironman Arizona 2013 via Meredith Kessler (second place, 8:55:47) and Michelle Vesterby (third, 8:57:24). It has several features that you have to set for accuracy. The race did not feature a women’s professional field, and age-group athlete Jacqui Giuliano of Cary, Illinois earned the fastest time for the women–crossing at 9:21:17. A new study that tracked ultramarathon running times worldwide over two decades found that women tend to outrun men, after 195 miles. Rachel Joyce achieved her third at Ironman Texas 2013 a fourth at the Ironman World Champs 2013 and a fifth at Challenge Roth 2014, where third placed Caroline Steffen has matched her with five. Tim’s performance set the new record split at 44:16 for the swim, a 4:06:56 on the bike and a marathon run of 2:44:46 totalling the new time of 7:40:23. When you get off a hard bike it’s important to put a shoe on you just know is fast and works for you and that’s the Cloudflow for me. How long does it take to finish a Half Ironman Triathlon? Three-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington took Ironman South Africa by storm on Sunday in Port Elizabeth. Fastest Female IM Finishes by Continent. Olympic/ Standard distance (1.5K-40K -10K) This is where it starts to get tricky. I didn’t know. Quite a form line. 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