New World Record! Triathlete Marino Vanhoenacker Smashes 14-Year-Old Ironman Record In Austria
Ironman, say hello to a new World Record.
Oakley Triathlete Marino Vanhoenacker smashed the 14-year-old Ironman World Record on the lightly extended course at Ironman Austria after narrowly missing the feat last year by a mere 98 seconds.
Under intense pressure to nab his sixth Ironman Austria race, Marino powered through to victory and history with media fanfare hyping the record. And it was definitely a resounding performance.
He charged out of the water with the first group, took the lead on the bike and extended his monster lead as the event raged on. When it was all said and done at 7:45:58 hours, he clipped Van Lierde’s standing record set in Roth in 1997 by 4:29 minutes.
With that, Marino joined truly elite company. Lothar Leder was the first who finished beyond the eight hour benchmark with 7:57:21 in 1996. Chrissie Wellington, on the prettier side of the sport, took down a World Record of her own in 2009 – also in Roth – which she bested a year later. But none were as impressive as Marino, who becomes one of the only people on the Planet to finish a race under eight hours. In fact, no one this year has even done it.
“It is out of the question to participate in other Ironman races than Austria just for setting a new World Record,” Marino said, rocking his Oakley eyewear. “Austria already has been my second home for years – and my sympathy to the region Carinthia and the people grows from year to year. If you feel comfortable and your mind is free, a couple meters more of less are irrelevant.”
To make the accomplishment even more remarkable, the grounded Belgian – a sort of superstar in Austria – takes extra special care to make time for his fans. Every race week, he signs autographs and takes time to chat with fans.
“My coach doesn’t find it funny when my schedule gets mixed up due to fan inquiries. But for me, it’s a heartfelt duty to take care of them!”
A huge congratulations to Marino!