Here are all the questions and answers of the #DailyTriTrivia series. The questions will be posted in the afternoon (German time) in this post, on Instagram and on Twitter. The answers will then be posted shortly before the next question. The “long answers” with some more details will be added to this blog post as the series continues.
Question: IM Lanzarote 2019 was exactly one year ago. Who were the male and female Pro winners?
Answer: The female winner was Nikki Bartlett🇬🇧, the male winner: Frederik Van Lierde🇧🇪.
Question: How often has Daniela Ryf finished an Ironman in more than nine hours?
Answer: It’s only three times out of her 16 IM-distance finishes:
- IM Switzerland 2014 (9:13:30, her debut)
- IM Hawaii 2014 (9:02:57, her first Kona)
- IM Hawaii 2019 (9:14:26)
Question: Who among these Kona Champions has the slowest Ironman finish?
Answer: Slowest IM-Finishes of these Kona Winners:
- Anne Haug 9:14:06, IM Germany 2018
- Daniela Ryf 9:14:26, IM Hawaii 2019
- Jan Frodeno 9:15:44, IM Hawaii 2017
- Patrick Lange 8:47:49, IM Germany 2019
Overall, the slowest finish is by Jan Frodeno – Frodo wins again!
Question: Who is the last Professional who had his/her IM-debut in Kona?
Answer: Julie Dibens🇬🇧 raced IM Hawaii in 2010 as her first full-distance race, finishing third.
She qualified as the 70.3 Champion in Clearwater in 2009.
She was the last 70.3 Champion who could race Kona without a validation race. Before her a few more 70.3 Champions used that way to Kona, among them Mirinda Carfrae, Andy Potts, Leanda Cave and Sam McGlone.
Question: Excluding DNFs & DNS, what’s the worst place by a Kona winner in the previous year’s race?
Answer: Not counting DNFs & DNS, the Kona winner usually comes from the Top 4 the year before. There are only two exceptions:
- Heather Fuhr finished 7th in 1996 before her win in 1997.
- On the men’s side, Mark Allen was 5th in 1988 before winning in 1989.
Question: How often were all three podium finishers at IM Hawaii (male or female) able to repeat their podium finish in the next race?
Answer: It happened three times:
- Men February and October 1982: Scott Tinley, Dave Scott, Jeff Tinley
- Women 2001 & 2002 & 2003 (three years in a row!): Natascha Badmann, Lori Bowden, Nina Kraft
Question: How many different male athletes finished on the podium at Ironman Hawaii in February and October 1982?
Answer: The same three men were on the podium: Scott Tinley (Winner in February) and Dave Scott (Winner in October) switched places, while Jeff Tinley (brother of Scott) was third in both races.
Question: How many different female athletes finished on the podium at Ironman Hawaii in February and October 1982?
Answer: Even though Sally Edwards finished third in February and October, there were six different women on the podium:
- February: Kathleen McCartney, Julie Moss, Lyn Brooks & Sally Edwards (tied for third).
- October: Julie Leach, JoAnn Dahlkoetter, Sally Edwards (third again).
Question: Which IM-distance race had the tightest male Pro podium?
Answer: At IM Chattanooga in 2015, there were 8 seconds between Winner Kirill Kotshegarov (8:08:32) and Stefan Schmid in third (8:08:40). Second Place was Matt Chrabot (8:08:34).
Question: Which IM-distance race had the tightest female Pro podium?
Answer: At IM Frankfurt in 2011, there was 2m 01sec between Winner Caroline Steffen (9:12:13) and Sonja Tajsich in third (9:14:14). Second Place was Lucie Zelenkova (9:13:46).
Question: Which year had the tightest male Pro podium at IM Hawaii?
Answer: In 2010, there was 2:37 between Winner Chris McCormack (8:10:37) and Third Place Marino Vanhoenacker (8:13:14).
Second Place was Andreas Raelert (8:12:17).
Question: Which year had the tightest female Pro podium at IM Hawaii?
Answer: In 2005, there was 3:09 between Winner Natascha Badmann (9:09:30) and Third Place Kate Major (9:12:39).
Second Place was Michellie Jones (9:11:51).
Question: How often has there been an Ironman Hawaii in February?
Answer: Three times: 1978, 1981, and 1982.
Originally, IM Hawaii was held at the start of the year until a switch to October starting in 1982. In 1979 and 1980, the race was in January.
Question: Who is the last male athlete to win Kona after posting the fastest bike split?
Answer: Sebastian Kienle won Hawaii 2014 with the fastest bike split. His 4:20:46 was more than ten minutes quicker than anyone else finishing in the Top 10.
Question: Who was able to ride the last 70km (43mi) of the bike in 2018 faster than Daniela Ryf?
Answer: Daniela rode 1:37:11 for the last 70k.
Only seven male Pros were faster: Bart Aernouts (1:35:21), Michael Weiss, Cameron Wurf (1:35:25), Matt Russell (1:35:39), David Plese (1:35:43), Joe Skipper (1:35:50) and Andy Potts (1:36:44).
She rode quicker than the first big male lead group with Braden Currie (1:38:00), Patrick Lange (1:38:01), Tim O’Donnell (1:38:05) and Andi Dreitz (1:38:06).
Question: Who is the last athlete (male or female) to win Kona after posting the fastest bike split?
Answer: Daniela Ryf won IM Hawaii 2018 with the fastest bike split.
Question: Which athletes (male or female) have been able to lead IM Hawaii “wire to wire”?
Answer: Four athletes have managed to do that five times:
- Lyn Lemaire 1979
- Robin Beck 1980
- Dave Scott 1980 & October 1982
- Linda Sweeney 1981
Other suggestions included a few male races in the 1980s (when Wolfgang Dittrich was “almost always” leading after the swim) and Faris Al-Sultan’s win in 2005 (when Hirokatsu Tayama had the fastest swim split by 28 seconds, finishing 29th Pro in the end).
On the female side, Paula Newby-Fraser was very impressive in 1992, but Wendy Ingraham had the fastest swim split (51:23 vs. Paula’s 53:30) before DNF’ing on the bike.
Question: How big was the lead of Mark & Dave in T2 at Ironman 1989?
Answer: Wolfgang Dittrich held a lead of almost two minutes in T2. It took Mark and Dave less than two miles to erase the deficit after flying out of T2.
Question: Which Ironman Hawaii winner (male or female) overcame the biggest deficit at the start of the run?
Answer: Kathleen McCartney (USA) was 18 minutes and 33 seconds behind Julie Moss (USA) at the start of the run in February 1982.
Some have suggested the 2011 race when Chrissie Wellington was more than 22 minutes behind T2 leader Julie Dibens, but Julie it was very apparent that Julie wouldn’t be able to finish the race.
Other suggestions with big T2 deficits:
- Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 13:32 behind Daniela Ryf (SUI) in 2014
- Mark Allen (USA) 13:31 behind Thomas Hellriegel (GER) in 1995
- Craig Alexander (AUS) 11:55 behind Chris Lieto (USA) in 2009
- Karen Smyers (USA) 11:47 behind Paula Newby-Fraser (USA) in 1995
- Dave Scott (USA) 11:37 behind Mark Allen (USA) in 1984
- Patrick Lange (GER) 10:40 behind Cameron Wurf (AUS) in 2017
Question: How many athletes have been able to win IM Hawaii on debut?
Answer: There have been 13 athletes:
- 4 Men: Gordon Haller 1978, Tom Warren 1979, Dave Scott 1980, Luc Van Lierde 1996
- 8 Women: Lyn Lemaire 1979, Robin Beck 1980, Linda Sweeney 1981, Kathleen McCartney February 1982, Julie Leach October 1982, Sylviane Puntous 1983, Joanne Ernst 1985, Chrissie Wellington 2007
Question: IM Australia 2019 was exactly one year ago. Who were the male and female Pro winners?
Answer: The female winner was Laura Siddall, the male winner Cameron Wurf.
Question: Who is the last female athlete to win IM Hawaii on debut before Chrissie Wellington in 2007?
Answer: Erin Baker (NZL) won Kona 1987. Before that, she was prohibited from entering the US as an “undesirable alien” after anti-Apartheid protests in 1981.
[Update: Erin’s debut was in 1986 when she wasn’t able to finish. Therefore, it was Joanne Ernst in 1985 who was the last female before Chrissie to win on debut.]
Question: Who is the last male athlete to win IM Hawaii on debut before Luc Van Lierde in 1996?
Answer: Dave Scott (USA) won IM Hawaii in 1980 when it was still held on Oahu. In his first Ironman he became the first athlete to finish sub-11 and sub-10 hours.
Question: Who is the last male athlete to win Kona on debut?
Answer: Luc Van Lierde (BEL) won Ironman Hawaii in 1996. In his first Ironman race ever he also set a new course record that stood for 15 years.
Question: Who is the last athlete to win Kona on debut?
Answer: Chrissie Wellington (GBR) won Kona 2007. She qualified just 7 weeks before when she won IM Korea, her Ironman debut. Second place finisher Sam McGlone also raced in Kona for the first time.
Question: Which female athlete has the fastest IM-distance debut?
Answer: Laura Philipp (GER) finished Ironman Barcelona 2018 in 8:34:57.
Question: Which male athlete has the fastest IM-distance debut?
Answer: Florian Angert (GER) finished Ironman Barcelona 2019 in 7:45:05.
Question: Which female athlete has the most sub-3:00 marathons in IM-distance races?
Answer: Kristin Liepold (nee Möller) has ten sub-3:00 marathons (IM UK 2011 to IM Tallinn 2019).
Mirinda Carfrae (nine, 2009-2016) is next, followed by Caitlin Snow (2008-2015) and Chrissie Wellington (2007-2011) with eight.
Question: Which male athlete has the most sub-2:45 marathons in IM-distance races?
Answer: Cameron Brown has seven sub-2:45s: Cameron Brown (IM Germany 2004, IM New Zealand 2009, IM Melbourne 2012, IM Cairns 2014, IM New Zealand 2016-17-18).
There are two athletes with six: Gerrit Schellens (Almere 2003-04, IM Lanzarote 2005, IM Switzerland 2010, Almere 2010), and Joe Skipper (Challenge Roth 2016, Challenge Almere 2017, Challenge Roth 2018, IM Texas 2019, IM Florida 2019, IM New Zealand 2020).
Finally, there are a few more with five: Timo Bracht 2009-14, Victor Del Corral 2013-16, Jan Frodeno 2014-19, Ivan Rana 2012-17, Matt Hanson 2014-18 (if you include his marathon at Texas 2018), Ben Hoffman 2014-19 (if you include his marathon from the shortened IM South Africa 2019) and Brent McMahon 2014-18 (also with IM Texas 2018).
Question: Which athlete worked the longest for another IM-distance win?
Answer: Petr Vabrousek🇨🇿 had 11 years between winning IM Korea 2000 and Challenge Henley 2011.
Caitlin Snow🇺🇸 had to wait seven years between her wins at IM Lake Placid 2008 and IM France 2015.
Question: Who (male or female) has the most Kona podiums but was never able to win?
Answer: Fernanda Keller 🇧🇷 was third six times between 1994 and 2000.
Andreas Raelert🇩🇪 was second three times and third twice between 2009 and 2015. Next up is Cam Brown🇳🇿 with four podiums (two seconds, two thirds) between 2001 and 2005.
Question: Who is the youngest official finisher of Ironman Hawaii?
Answer: Michael Collins (son of Judy and John Collins) was 14 years old when he finished the 1979 race. I think it was Michael who said, “A bad day is when the newspaper has already printed the results of the race you’re still competing in.”
Question: Who is the slowest official finisher of Ironman Hawaii?
Answer: Walt Stack finished the 1981 Ironman Hawaii in 26:20:25 when he was 73 years old. After a 4:11 swim leg he “raced” on his single speed basketed granny bike and then stopped to eat a full waffle breakfast before completing the final run stage the next morning. His motto was “Start slow .. then taper off”.
Question: Who has won the most IM-distance races in one calendar year?
Answer: Bella Bayliss (then Bella Comerford) won five IM-distance races in 2008: IM South Africa, IM Lanzarote, IM UK, Embrunman and IM Florida. She was also 4th at IM New Zealand, 2nd at IM Austria and 7th in Kona in that same year.
There are quite a few athletes with three wins in a year .. but only Bella again with four wins (Lanzarote, Austria, UK and Embrun).
Question: Which Australian females had the fastest Kona run split in that year’s race?
Answer: There are three athletes: Kate Major (2005), Mirinda Carfrae (5 times: 2009-11, 2013-14), and Liz Blatchford (2015).
Question: Which German athletes (male or female) had the fastest Kona run split in that year’s race?
Answer: There are five athletes: Lothar Leder (1997-98), Sonja Tajsich (2012), Patrick Lange (2016-18), Anne Haug (2018-19), and Jan Frodeno (2019).
Question: Which Australian males had the fastest Kona run split in that year’s race?
Answer: There are four athletes: Greg Welch (1994), Chris McCormack (2005, 2007), Craig Alexander (2008, 2009,) and Pete Jacobs (2010, 2011).
Question: Which Canadian females had the fastest Kona run split in that year’s race?
Answer: There are four athletes: Sylviane Puntous (1983-84, 1987), Heather Fuhr (1993, 1997-98, 2002, 2004), Lori Bowden (1999-2001, 2003), and Lisa Bentley (2006).
Question: Which German males had the fastest Kona bike split in that year’s race?
Answer: There are six athletes: Jürgen Zäck (1991-93, 1997-98), Thomas Hellriegel (1995-96, 1999, 2002), NormannStadler (2000, 2003-04, 2006), Sebastian Kienle (2012, 2014), Maik Twelsiek (2015), and Boris Stein (2016).
Other names that were mentioned include Wolfgang Dittrich (just a few seconds off in 1991) and Faris Al-Sultan (he won in 2005 when Torbjörn Sindballe set a new bike course record).
Question: Which Swiss females had the fastest Kona bike split in that year’s race?
Answer: There are three athletes: Natascha Badmann (8 times, 1996, 1998, 2000-02, 2004, 2006, 2012), Karin Thuerig (3 times, 2005, 2010, 2011), Daniela Ryf (5 times, 2014-18).
Some have also thought that Caroline Steffen was able to have the fastest bike split: In her best years she was among the strongest athletes on the bike, in 2012 she was within a minute of Natascha Badmann.
Question: Who has finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Ironman Hawaii?
Answer: There are eleven athletes: Scott Tinley, Mark Allen, Paula Newby-Fraser, Greg Welch, Karen Smyers, Thomas Hellriegel, Lori Bowden, Peter Reid, Tim DeBoom, Mirinda Carfrae, and Sebastian Kienle.
Question: Who has the most consecutive Ironman Pro wins in the same race?
Answer: Ronnie Schildknecht won IM Switzerland seven times in a row from 2007 to 2013.
The next ones with six wins in a row are Joanna Lawn at IM New Zealand (2003 to 2008) and Marino Vanboenacker at IM Austria (2006 to 2011). There are also a number of athletes with five wins in a row: Cam Brown at IM New Zealand (twice: 2001 to 2005 and 2007 to 2011), Mark Allen in Hawaii (1989 to 1993), Marcel Zamora at IM France (2006 to 2010), Meredith Kessler at IM New Zealand (2012 to 2016) and Lisa Bentley and Chris McCormack at IM Australia (2002 to 2006)
Question: Who has the most Ironman Pro wins in the same race?
Answer: Cameron Brown won 12 times at IM New Zealand. He won from 2001 to 2005, from 2007 to 2011 and in 2015 and 2016.
Question: Who is the athlete (male or female) with the most long-distance Pro wins?
Answer: Paula Newby-Fraser has 28 wins between 1986 and 2004.
She won 24 Ironman races (8*Hawaii, 5*Japan, 3*Roth, 3*Lanzarote, 2*Australia, Canada, Korea, South Africa) and 4 times in Nice.
Lots of posters got this one right! Other suggestions included Marino Vanhoenacker (18 Ironman wins), Cam Brown (17 wins), Mark Allen (16 wins – 6 in Kona and 10 in Nice!), and Natascha Badmann (11 wins, including 6 in Kona).
Question: Who is the last female US athlete to lead on the run course in Kona?
Answer: Meredith Kessler was leading on the run in Kona 2013.
She rode away from the lead group in the final miles and had the second-fastest bike split. With a 3:16 marathon she finished in seventh place, her best Kona result so far.
Question: Who is the last male US athlete to lead on the run course in Kona?
Answer: Andrew Starykowicz was leading on the run in Kona 2013.
He posted the fastest bike split (4h21, just 3 minutes off Normann Stadler’s bike course record) and had a lead of 3:45 minutes at the start of the run. After running a 3:25 marathon he finished in 19th place.
Other suggestions were focused on Chris Lieto (years mentioned included 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Chris was first off the bike three years in a row between 2009 and 2011. In 2009 the eventual winner Craig Alexander had to make up a gap of almost 12 minutes to Chris.
Question: Who is the first non-US female athlete on the Kona podium (1st to 3rd)?
Answer: Sylviane Puntous from Canada won the race in 1983.
She is the first non-US athlete ever to place on the podium and also the first non-US winner.
Question: Who is the first non-US male athlete on the Kona podium (1st to 3rd)?
Answer: Carl Kupferschmid (SUI) was third in 1985.
Earlier that year, Carl posted what was then the fastest known time on the IM-distance with an 8:42:56 at the “Swiss Triathlon” in his home country.
Question: Who is the last female US athlete who has won IM Hawaii?
Answer: Paula Newby-Fraser won Kona 1996, she became a US citizen in 1993.
A couple of answers suggested Karen Smyers, she won in 1995 (one year before Paula’s last win).
Question: Who is the last male US athlete who has won IM Hawaii?
Answer: Tim DeBoom won IM Hawaii 2002, defending his 2001 title.
This was probably the easiest question so far – no surprise that there were a lot of posts with the correct answer!
Question: What’s the longest time between two IM-distance wins by the same athlete?
Answer: Paula Newby-Fraser won IM Hawaii 1986 and IM Korea in 2004, 18 years apart.
Other notable mentions: Cam Brown won IM New Zealand in 2001 and 2016, 15 years apart. Pete Varbousek had 17 years between wins but at smaller IM-distance races, the Czech National long-distance champs in 1998 and Podersdorf in 2015 (thanks to TriOraklet for this). Marino Vanhoenacker has 13 years between his wins in Florida and Australia, as does Victor Zyemtsev with wins at IM Austria 2002 and IM Canada 2015. Eneko Llanos has 12 years between winning IM Lanzarote in 2007 and IM Vitoria in 2019.
Other female athletes with long careers are Yvonne Van Vlerken (12 years between wins at Challenge Roth 2007 and Challenge Almere 2019) and Heather Wurtele (11 years between IM Coeur d’Alene 2008 and IM Canada 2019).
Question: What’s the shortest time between two IM-distance wins by the same athlete?
Answer: Daniela Ryf won two IM-distance races within 7 days in 2016, Challenge Roth (July 17) and Ironman Switzerland (July 24). She really dominated both races (winning by 20 and 30 minutes) and also posted sub-9 finishes in both races. I was really surprised by the number of replies who got this right, among them Diego Fort, phil_sin, TriOraklet, TJ Fry, Ed Stanley and Thomas Weber.
Other suggestions were not too far off: Lucy Gossage is #2, she took 13 days between her wins at IM Wales and IM Italy in 2017 (as posted by Race Force). For a long time the record stood at 14 days: Rebecca Preston won IM Switzerland and IM Austria 2006 (as posted by Harald Funk). We also have Kirsty Jahn who won IM Brasil and IM Boulder 2018 within 14 days of each other (suggested by Jennie Hansen). Also Michael Weiss won IM Cozumel and IM Mar Del Plata 2018 within 2 weeks. Others thought of Victor Del Corral who won IM Florida and IM Arizona 2013 within 15 days (posted by Joan, David Nieva, James Mitchell and TriOraklet).
Question: Who is the oldest female winner of Ironman Hawaii?
Answer: Natascha Badmann was 38 years and 313 days old when she won Kona 2005. She’s the oldest athlete to win Kona.
Another suggestion was Michellie Jones (she was 37 when she won in 2006), Paula Newby-Fraser was floated as an answer but quickly retracted (she was 34 when she last won Kona in 1996). The 2019 winner Anne Haug was 36 years old, so there’s no immediate candidate to break Natascha’s record.
Question: Who is the oldest male winner of Ironman Hawaii?
Answer: Craig Alexander was 38 years and 108 days old when he won Kona 2011.
Jan Frodeno was just a few days younger (38 years and 55 days) when he won Kona 2019. He would be the oldest if he manages to win Kona one more time (so Volker Voit’s answer “@janfrodeno in 2021” could become true).
An honorable mention goes to Tim Heming for the answer Hiromu Inada – at 86 years of age he is the oldest finisher in Kona, and of course won the 86-90 agegroup in 2017 which was opened just for him.