Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

News

Vanhoenacker Breaks Ironman Record In Austria

Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker crushed the record for fastest Ironman by going 7:56:58 at today’s Ironman Austria triathlon.

For access to all of our training, gear, and race coverage, plus exclusive training plans, FinisherPix photos, event discounts, and GPS apps, sign up for Outside+.

Marino Vanhoenacker at a training camp earlier this year in Las Playitas, Spain. Photo: Kurt Hoy

Belgium’s Marino Vanhoenacker crushed the record for fastest Ironman by going 7:45:58 to take his sixth-straight Ironman Austria victory. The former record of 7:50:27 was set by fellow Belgian Luc Van Lierde back in 1997 at the Ironman European Championships. In the women’s race, American Mary Beth Ellis turned in a stunning Ironman debut, leading wire-to-wire to take the 8:43:34 victory.

PHOTOS: Marino Vanhoenacker’s Scott Plasma 3

Vanhoenacker started the day off with a solid 46:49 swim time. From there, he only got faster. He posted a field-leading 4:26:37 bike split to head on the run with a sizeable lead. Despite the margin, Vanhoenacker pushed the pace on the run. His 2:39:24 marathon was easily enough to give him the record and the victory.

TEN QUESTIONS: Marino Vanhoenacker

Ellis, now a member of Team TBB, also took her victory in convincing fashion. Her 48:07 swim time put her out of the water ahead of many of the top male contenders. Once on the bike, Ellis continued to cruise and ultimately posted a 4:48:20 bike split and a 3:01:29 marathon to take her first Ironman victory. Former Team TBB member Erika Csomor of Hungary earned second in 8:51:10 thanks to a strong run. Another Teamm Tbb member Diana Riesler of Germany posted the fastest bike split of the women to take the final podium spot.

Ironman Austria
Klagenfurt, Austria – July 3, 2011
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 7:45:58
2. Michael Weiss (AUT) 7:57:39
3. Marko Albert (EST) 8:08:17
4. Tom Lowe (GBR) 8:11:30
5. Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:16:47

Women
1. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 8:43:34
2. Erika Csomor (HUN) 8:51:10
3. Diana Riesler (GER) 8:53:34
4. Heleen Bij de Vaate (BEL) 8:56:11
5. Eva Dollinger (AUT) 9:05:13