Commemorating Chrissie: Wellington’s 13 Iron-Distance Victories

Photo: Michael Raushendorfer
2008 Ironman European Championship - 8:51:24
Photo: Michael Raushendorfer
2011 Ironman South Africa - 8:33:56
2011 Ironman South Africa – 8:33:56 Photo: Kurt Hoy
2010 Challenge Roth - 8:19:13
2010 Challenge Roth – 8:19:13 Photo: Michael Raushendorfer
2011 Ironman World Championship - 8:55:08
2011 Ironman World Championship – 8:55:08 Photo: Nils Nilsen
2008 Ironman World Championship - 9:06:23
2008 Ironman World Championship – 9:06:23 Photo: Rich Cruse
2007 Ironman World Championship - 9:08:45
2007 Ironman World Championship – 9:08:45 Photo: Rich Cruse
2009 Ironman World Championship - 8:54:02
2009 Ironman World Championship – 8:54:02 Photo: Rich Cruse
2010 Ironman Arizona - 8:36:13
2010 Ironman Arizona – 8:36:13 Photo: Rich Cruse
2011 Challenge Roth - 8:18:13
2011 Challenge Roth – 8:18:13 Photo: Courtesy of Challenge Roth
2009 Chellenge Roth - 8:31:59
2009 Chellenge Roth – 8:31:59 Photo: Courtesy of Challenge Roth
2007 Ironman Korea - 9:54:37
2007 Ironman Korea – 9:54:37 Photo: Courtesy of Chrissie Wellington
2009 Ironman Australia - 8:57:10
2009 Ironman Australia – 8:57:10 Photo: Courtesy of Chrissie Wellington
2008 Ironman Australia - 9:03:55
2008 Ironman Australia – 9:03:55 Photo: Courtesy of Delly Carr

Some day, you’ll be able to tell your grandkids that you raced triathlon in the era of Chrissie Wellington. Though her stint in the sport was brief—just five years as a pro—she had an indelible influence on triathlon and its future. When it comes to what women could achieve in endurance sports, she shattered people’s conceptions of “possible.” Through her giant smile and daring “live without limits” attitude, she has inspired thousands before announcing her retirement from the sport in late 2012—more than a year after her final race. While her contribution to the sport is impossible to concisely capture, her race course achievements can be summarized in four numbers.

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FOUR Ironman World Championship titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

13 iron-distance victories

8:18:13 Women’s iron-distance world record, set at Challenge Roth

ZERO iron-distance losses

This article was originally published in the March/April 2013 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine.

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