Inside Triathlon magazine announces its picks for the 10 greatest female iron-distance triathletes of all time.
Whenever you put the word “greatest” in front of an athlete’s name, people start to bristle. And while it’s hard to pick the greatest female iron-distance triathlete of all time, Inside Triathlon magazine’s staff got to talking about our picks for the athletes to consider. In fairness, we’ve listed them in alphabetical order.
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Chrissie Wellington: a three-time Kona champ, undefeated at the iron-distance, and Ironman and Kona world record holder. A latecomer to triathlon, Wellington won the 2006 ITU Age Group World Championships, turned pro in early 2007 and shocked the multisport world when she biked and ran away her way to victory in her first outing on the Big Island. To this day she remains unbeaten over the iron-distance. (Photo by Rich Cruse.) Sylviane Puntous: a two-time Kona champ and three-time Kona runner-up. The Canadian was the first non-American winner in Kona. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention her twin sister, Patricia, who finished as the runner-up in Sylviane’s victories. (Photo by Lois Schwartz.) Paula Newby-Fraser: an eight-time Kona champ, 24-time Ironman winner, and the Queen of Kona. The Zimbabwean won in Kona more than any man or woman alive, was ranked No. 60 for Sport’s Illustrated’s Greatest Female Athletes of the Century and named Triathlete magazine’s Greatest Triathlete of All-Time. She currently oversees World Triathlon Corporation’s new drug testing program. (Photo by Lois Schwartz.) Joanna Lawn: a seven-time Ironman New Zealand winner. The former New Zealand national team track cyclist is best known for her impressive winning streak at Ironman New Zealand. She has placed as high as fourth in Kona. (Photo by Rich Cruse.) Fernanda Keller: a fourteen-time top 10 Kona finisher. Keller was the first Brazilian to compete in Kona and went on to record 14 top ten performances in 22 consecutive trips to the Big Island. She finished in third in Kona six times. (Photo by Lois Schwartz.) Heather Fuhr: a former Kona champ and thirteen-time Ironman winner. This accountant turned triathlete was one of the most feared runners during her Ironman racing career. Despite her Canadian roots, Fuhr was most dominant on American soil, winning Lake Placid five times. She currently manages the pro membership program at World Triathlon Corporation (Photo by Lois Schwartz.) Lori Bowden: a three-time Kona champ and twelve-time Ironman winner. The Canadian also finished as the runner-up four times and took third once. (Photo by Lois Schwartz.) Lisa Bentley: an eleven-time Ironman winner. The Canadian was widely known for her ability to outrun her competition. She reached the podium in Kona in 2006 with her third place finish while racing for the Tri Dubai pro team. The former high school math and computer science teacher competed at the sport’s highest levels despite suffering from a mild form of Cystic Fibrosis. She currently produces Subaru Success Camps where she educates athletes as they become immersed in sport. (Photo by John Segesta) Erin Baker: a two-time Kona champ and nine-time Ironman winner. Baker won an astonishing 85% of triathlons she entered in her career. She was outspoken about providing equal distribution of prize purses between the men and women fields. She currently lives in her native New Zealand, where she served on the Christchurch City Council among other political roles. (Photo by Lois Schwartz.) Natascha Badmann is a six-time Kona champ and nine-time Ironman winner. A former social worker with command over five languages, Switzerland’s Badmann was known for her dominating bike prowess and her positive attitude. She was the first European to win in Kona and was unbeatable until a bike crash in 2007 left her with a broken shoulder and collarbone. (Photo by Lois Schwartz.)