Redemption: Chrissie Wellington Shatters All-Time Ironman World Record at Ford Ironman Arizona
The Triathlon World was in shock when Chrissie Wellington dropped out of the Ironman World Championships in Kona this past October. But after emerging victorious at the Ford Ironman Arizona race this past week in Tempe – shattering the all-time Ironman World Record – she had one thing to say about it.
“This was my Kona.”
But it was much, much more. Wellington’s time of 8:36:13 set a new all-time Ironman world record and set her at the finish line 29 minutes ahead of runner-up Linsey Corbin. Her feat bested the previous World-Record Holder, Sandra Walllenhorst of Germany, who previously had held the record at 8:47:27.
The women’s race was loaded with some of the world’s top performers from last month’s Hawaii Ironman, including Brits Rachel Joyce and Leanda Cave, who took to an early swim lead during the 2.4-mile tour of Tempe Town Lake. Chrissie finished her swim less than a minute back of her countrywomen, and began to slowly make up the deficit on the early miles of the flat-and-fast three-lap ride along Arizona’s Beeline Highway.
With Cave taking an early lead, Chrissie picked up steam – big time – and powered her way past everyone and leaving the field in her trail dust. Eighty miles into the 112-mile ride, Wellington’s lead was over four minutes and growing fast. She finished the bike with a 4:47:06 split, which put her in transition 11 minutes ahead of Cave.
She was on pace to finish under 8:30 halfway through the run, while the women trailing behind her were on pace to finish in just over nine hours. Her pace slowed considerably throughout the second half of the run around downtown Tempe, but she still finished the day with a 2:52:55 run, recording the fastest time at an Ironman event in history. Wellington’s mark of 8:19:13 from this July’s Quelle Challenge Roth still stands as the fastest Iron-distance time ever.
Fellow Oakley team athletes Lindsey Corbin and Meredith Kessler brought some heat of their own, taking second and fourth respectively.
Meanwhile in the men’s race, Oakley’s iron men finished the race with solid results as Rasmus Henning (Second Place), Jordan Rapp (Fourth) and Max Longree (Seventh) all made some major noise in Tempe.
One killer weekend for Oakley Triathlon in the Desert!
Pro Men’s Results
1. Timo Bracht (GER) 8:07:16
2. Rasmus Henning (DEN) 8:10:58
3. Tom Lowe (GBR) 8:11:44
4. Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:16:45
5. Jozsef Major (HUN) 8:26:15
6. Matt Reed (USA) 8:33:08
7. Max Longree (GER) 8:33:28
8. Ian Mikelson (USA) 8:41:18
9. Joe McDaniel (USA) 8:43:23
10. Anthony Toth (CAN) 8:46:57
Pro Women’s Results
1. Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:3613
2. Linsey Corbin (USA) 9:05:33
3. Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:13:50
4. Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:15:01
5. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:19:10
6. Erika Csomor (HUN) 9:22:38
7. Mackenzie Madison (USA) 9:24:11
8. Heleen bij de Vaate (NED) 9:29:15
9. Uli Bromme (USA) 9:31:22
10. Lauren Harrison (USA) 9:33:53
All Images By Jay Prasuhn – LAVA Magazine