Recent Triathlon News
Fourth’s the Sweetest: Chrissie Wellington Claims Glorious Ironman World Championship Title in Kona From Behind
It was all but over at the Ironman World Championship in Kona for Chrissie Wellington. Oakley’s elite team Triathlete exited the water close to 10 minutes behind then-leader and fellow O team standout Julie Dibens. But every media personality, industry insider and die-hard fan had a common thought in the back of their minds. When Chrissie is on the course, don’t ever count her out. And they were right. Big time. Displaying just why she’s considered one of the premiere endurance athletes, Chrissy charged hard on the bike and blazed on the run to edge out defending Champion and fellow O athlete Mirinda Carfrae by less than three minutes, finishing in 8:55:08 for her fourth coveted Ironman World Championship Title.
The premiere – and most most intensely challenging – endurance sports event on the Planet is upon us. Indeed, Ironman World Championships in Kona are less than three days away. And at the Oakley Athlete Safe House in Keauhou Bay – a splendidly tucked away property consisting of several mini-houses, picturesque scenery and its own dock on the water – the ‘calm before the storm’ is literally the feeling floating around in the salty air. Former Ironman World Champion and current Oakley Triathlon Manager, Greg Welch, a maestro of sorts during the week of the revered competition every year, is busy showing extra care for the elite athletes walking in and out of the house in the days leading up to the race (on top of serving as “The Voice” of Ironman Kona for countless official functions and the live web and telecasts). Yes there are pep talks. Sure, there are pleasantries. But the most important part of each athlete’s visit to the Safe House is, of course, their gear selection.
You can call it the Texas Three Step. While many of his fellow Oakley athletes were preparing for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Javier Gomez Noya was busy dancing his way to a victory at the U.S. Open of Triathlon on Oct. 2 in Dallas.