Ironman-Distance Records

Last update: December 10, 2017

Here’s a list of fastest times and national and continental records on the Ironman distance. The data is mainly based on  my database with results from 2005 onwards, but I have tried to add fast times from before that. Please let me know if I have missed some result or “misplaced” athletes in the wrong country. I am not including results from races with courses that have been acknowledged as short. For example, the bike course of IM Frankfurt 2017 was short by somewhere between 3 and 5k because of construction.

Top 5 Fastest Times

TOP 5 Fastest IM-distance Times (Men)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Jan Frodeno 07:35:39 Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17
2 Tim Don 07:40:23 IM Brasil on 2017-05-28
3 Andreas Raelert 07:41:33 Challenge Roth on 2011-07-10
4 Lionel Sanders 07:44:29 IM Arizona on 2016-11-20
5 Marino Vanhoenacker 07:45:58 IM Austria on 2011-07-03

TOP 5 Fastest IM-distance Times (Women)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Chrissie Wellington 08:18:13 Challenge Roth on 2011-07-10
2 Chrissie Wellington 08:19:13 Challenge Roth on 2010-07-18
3 Daniela Ryf 08:22:04 Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17
4 Chrissie Wellington 08:31:59 Challenge Roth on 2009-07-12
5 Chrissie Wellington 08:33:56 IM South Africa on 2011-04-10

TOP 5 Fastest Swim Times (Men)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Barrett Brandon 00:38:06 IM Chattanooga on 2014-09-28
2 Eric Limkemann 00:38:10 IM Chattanooga on 2014-09-28
3 Luke Bell 00:39:08 IM New York on 2012-08-11
4 Timothy Marr 00:39:11 IM New York on 2012-08-11
5 Paul Ambrose 00:39:12 IM New York on 2012-08-11

TOP 5 Fastest Swim Times (Women)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Anna Cleaver 00:39:56 IM Chattanooga on 2014-09-28
2 Dede Griesbauer 00:40:29 IM New York on 2012-08-11
3 Mary Beth Ellis 00:40:33 IM New York on 2012-08-11
4 Amy Marsh 00:40:35 IM New York on 2012-08-11
5 Laurel Wassner 00:40:36 IM New York on 2012-08-11

TOP 5 Fastest Bike Times (Men)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Andrew Starykowicz 04:01:14 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
2 Andrew Starykowicz 04:02:17 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
3 Andrew Starykowicz 04:03:35 IM Arizona on 2015-11-15
4 Lionel Sanders 04:04:38 IM Arizona on 2016-11-20
5 Andrew Starykowicz 04:04:39 IM Florida on 2012-11-03

TOP 5 Fastest Bike Times (Women)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Daniela Ryf 04:31:29 Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17
2 Caroline Steffen 04:35:29 IM Melbourne on 2012-03-24
3 Yvonne Van Vlerken 04:35:49 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
4 Chrissie Wellington 04:36:33 Challenge Roth on 2010-07-18
5 Lisa Huetthaler 04:36:41 IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30

TOP 5 Fastest Run Times (Men)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Bart Aernouts 02:37:01 IM France on 2013-06-23
2 Victor Del Corral 02:37:29 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
3 Craig Alexander 02:38:46 IM Melbourne on 2012-03-24
4 Joe Skipper 02:38:52 Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17
5 Mads Vittrup 02:38:58 IM Copenhagen on 2011-08-01

TOP 5 Fastest Run Times (Women)

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Kristin Moeller 02:41:57 IM UK on 2011-07-31
2 Chrissie Wellington 02:44:35 Challenge Roth on 2011-07-10
3 Chrissie Wellington 02:48:54 Challenge Roth on 2010-07-18
4 Mirinda Carfrae 02:49:06 IM Austria on 2016-06-26
5 Mirinda Carfrae 02:50:26 IM Hawaii on 2014-10-11

Continental Records

Male Athletes

Continent Athlete Nation Time Date Race
Africa Cunnama, James ZAF 07:59:59 08.07.12 Challenge Roth
Asia/Pacific Vernay, Patrick NCL 08:03:46 12.07.09 Challenge Roth
Oceania Bozzone, Terenzo NZL 07:51:26 04.12.16 IM Western Australia
Europe Frodeno, Jan GER 07:35:39 17.07.16 Challenge Roth
North America Sanders, Lionel CAN 07:44:29 20.11.16 IM Arizona
South America Amorelli, Igor BRA 07:59:36 31.05.15 IM Brasil

Female Athletes

Continent Athlete Nation Time Date Race
Africa Paula Newby-Fraser ZIM 08:55:00 10.07.94 IM Europe (Roth)
Asia/Pacific Shiono, Emi JPN 09:23:26 01.03.08 IM New Zealand
Australia Carfrae, Mirinda AUS 08:38:53 20.07.14 Challenge Roth
Europe Wellington, Chrissie GBR 08:18:13 10.07.11 Challenge Roth
North America Corbin, Linsey USA 08:42:42 29.06.14 IM Austria
South America Monticeli, Ariane BRA 08:59:08 31.05.15 IM Brasil

During her career, Paula Newby-Fraser has been racing for Zimbabwe and the USA and it’s a bit hard to assign her to one country or continent, but she is listed in the Roth 1994 results as racing for Zimbabwe. If you don’t want to count Paula for Africa, then the fastest time has been posted by Annah Watkinson (9:04:59 at IM Brasil 2017).

National Records

Male Athletes

Nation Athlete Finish Date Race
AUS Chris McCormack 07:54:23 24.06.07 Challenge Roth
AUT Michael Weiss 07:53:27 26.11.17 IM Cozumel
BEL Marino Vanhoenacker 07:45:58 03.07.11 IM Austria
BMU Tyler Butterfield 07:58:29 22.04.17 IM Texas
BRA Igor Amorelli 07:59:36 31.05.15 IM Brasil
CAN Lionel Sanders 07:44:29 20.11.16 IM Arizona
CZE Filip Ospaly 07:58:44 02.11.13 IM Florida
DEN Rasmus Henning 07:52:36 18.07.10 Challenge Roth
ESP Ivan Rana 07:48:43 29.06.14 IM Austria
EST Kirill Kotshegarov 07:59:32 22.04.17 IM Texas
FRA Antony Costes 07:49:19 30.09.17 IM Barcelona
GBR Tim Don 07:40:23 28.05.17 IM Brasil
GER Jan Frodeno 07:35:39 17.07.16 Challenge Roth
LUX Dirk Bockel 07:52:01 14.07.13 Challenge Roth
MEX Alan Carrillo Avila 08:21:14 26.11.17 IM Cozumel
NED Jan Van der Marel 07:57:46 04.09.99 Almere Triathlon
NZL Terenzo Bozzone 07:51:26 04.12.16 IM Western Australia
SUI Ronnie Schildknecht 07:56:21 22.04.17 IM Texas
SWE Patrik Nilsson 07:49:18 21.08.16 IM Copenhagen
UKR Viktor Zyemtsev 07:58:03 30.09.17 IM Barcelona
USA Matt Hanson 07:52:44 22.04.17 IM Texas
ZAF James Cunnama 07:59:59 08.07.12 Challenge Roth

Female Athletes

Nation Athlete Finish Date Race
AUS Mirinda Carfrae 08:38:53 20.07.14 Challenge Roth
AUT Eva Wutti 08:37:36 18.08.13 IM Copenhagen
BEL Sofie Goos 08:57:08 29.06.14 IM Austria
BRA Ariane Monticeli 08:59:08 31.05.15 IM Brasil
CAN Heather Fuhr 08:51:22 07.07.02 IM Austria
CHI Pamela Tastets 09:07:56 28.05.17 IM Brasil
CZE Lucie Reed 08:57:34 06.10.13 Challenge Barcelona
DEN Helle Frederiksen 08:55:35 19.11.17 IM Arizona
ESP Gurutze Frades Larralde 09:01:00 28.05.17 IM Brasil
FIN Kaisa Sali 08:48:40 04.10.15 IM Barcelona
GBR Chrissie Wellington 08:18:13 10.07.11 Challenge Roth
GER Sandra Wallenhorst 08:47:26 13.07.08 IM Austria
HUN Erika Csomor 08:47:05 13.07.08 Challenge Roth
IRL Eimear Mullan 08:56:51 04.10.15 IM Barcelona
ITA Edith Niederfriniger 08:59:45 13.07.08 IM Austria
MEX Palmira Alvarez 09:45:56 26.11.17 IM Cozumel
NED Yvonne Van Vlerken 08:43:07 02.11.13 IM Florida
NZL Britta Martin 08:56:34 07.12.14 IM Western Australia
POL Ewa Bugdol 09:15:57 30.09.17 IM Barcelona
SUI Daniela Ryf 08:22:04 17.07.16 Challenge Roth
SWE Asa Lundstroem 09:02:49 22.03.15 IM Melbourne
USA Linsey Corbin 08:42:42 29.06.14 IM Austria
ZAF Annah Watkinson 09:04:59 28.05.17 IM Brasil

National Top 5

As suggested by the IMTalk hosts John Newsom and Bevan James Eyles, here are some more details for a few nations and their fastest athletes in Kona.

USA

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Matt Hanson, 07:52:44 at IM Texas 2017
  2. Andy Potts, 07:55:12 at IM Western Australia 2016
  3. Andrew Starykowicz, 07:55:22 at IM Florida 2013
  4. Timothy O’Donnell, 07:55:56 at IM Brasil 2015
  5. Ben Hoffman, 07:58:40 at IM South Africa 2017

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Linsey Corbin, 08:42:42 at IM Austria 2014
  2. Mary Beth Ellis, 08:43:34 at IM Austria 2011
  3. Meredith Kessler, 08:44:00 at IM Arizona 2015 (also 08:48:23 at IM Arizona 2016 and 08:50:41 at IM Arizona 2014)
  4. Ashley Clifford, 08:49:03 at IM Florida 2013
  5. Paula Newby-Fraser, 08:50:53 at Ironman Europe/Roth 1994

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Mark Allen, 08:07:46 in 1993 (also 8:09:08 in 1992 and 8:09:14 in 1989)
  2. Dave Scott, 08:10:13 in 1989
  3. Ben Hoffman, 08:13:00 in 2016
  4. Andy Potts, 08:14:43 in 2017
  5. Timothy O’Donnell, 08:16:20 in 2016

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Paula Newby-Fraser, 08:55:28 in 1992 (also 08:58:23 in 1993)
  2. Heather Jackson, 09:02:29 in 2017 (also 09:11:32 in 2016)
  3. Caitlin Snow, 09:10:12 in 2013
  4. Meredith Kessler, 09:10:19 in 2013
  5. Linsey Corbin, 09:17:22 in 2013

Germany

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Jan Frodeno, 07:35:39 at Challenge Roth 2016 (also 07:49:48 at IM Germany 2015)
  2. Andreas Raelert, 07:41:33 at Challenge Roth 2011
  3. Nils Frommhold, 07:51:28 at Challenge Roth 2015
  4. Sebastian Kienle, 07:52:43 at IM Germany 2016
  5. Andi Boecherer, 07:53:40 at IM Germany 2016

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Sandra Wallenhorst, 08:47:26 at IM Austria 2008
  2. Sonja Tajsich, 08:49:47 at Challenge Roth 2012
  3. Diana Riesler, 08:51:02 at Challenge Regensburg 2017 (also 08:53:34 at IM Austria 2011)
  4. Julia Gajer, 08:51:04 at Challenge Roth 2013 (also 08:52:49 at IM Arizona 2013)
  5. Astrid Stienen, 08:54:27 at IM Barcelona 2016

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Patrick Lange, 08:01:40 in 2017 (also 08:11:14 in 2016)
  2. Thomas Hellriegel, 08:06:07 in 1996
  3. Jan Frodeno, 08:06:30 in 2016
  4. Sebastian Kienle, 08:09:59 in 2017 (also 08:10:02 in 2016)
  5. Andreas Raelert, 08:11:07 in 2011

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Nina Kraft, 09:14:24 in 2002 (also 9:17:16 in 2003)
  2. Anja Beranek, 09:14:26 in 2016
  3. Sonja Tajsich, 09:15:17 in 2011 (also 09:22:45 in 2012)
  4. Julia Gajer, 09:16:58 in 2014
  5. Sandra Wallenhorst, 09:22:52 in 2008

Australia

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Chris McCormack, 07:54:23 at Challenge Roth 2007 (also 07:57:50 at Challenge Roth 2004, 07:58:45 at Challenge Roth 2005, 07:59:55 at IM Germany 2008 and 08:00:52 at Challenge Roth 2006)
  2. Luke McKenzie, 07:55:58 at IM Western Australia 2015
  3. Craig Alexander, 07:57:44 at IM Melbourne 2012
  4. David Dellow, 07:59:28 at Challenge Roth 2015
  5. Pete Jacobs, 08:02:01 at Challenge Roth 2009

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Mirinda Carfrae, 08:38:53 at Challenge Roth 2014 (also 08:41:17 at IM Austria 2016, 08:52:14 at IM Hawaii 2013 and 08:57:57 at IM Hawaii 2011)
  2. Rebekah Keat, 08:39:24 at Challenge Roth 2009 (also 08:52:10 at Challenge Roth 2010, 08:52:42 at Challenge Copenhagen 2011 and 08:54:36 at Challenge Copenhagen 2010)
  3. Carrie Lester, 08:42:13 at Challenge Roth 2016 (also 08:53:09 at Challenge Roth 2015 and 08:56:00 at IM Chattanooga 2015)
  4. Melissa Hauschildt, 08:52:51 at IM Melbourne 2015 (also 08:54:39 at IM Western Australia 2016)
  5. Belinda Granger, 08:58:08 at Challenge Roth 2008

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Craig Alexander, 08:03:56 in 2011(also 08:16:53 in 2010 and 08:17:45 in 2008)
  2. Pete Jacobs, 08:09:11 in 2011
  3. Chris McCormack, 08:10:37 in 2010 (also 08:13:07 in 2006 and 08:15:34 in 2007)
  4. Luke McKenzie, 08:15:19 in 2013
  5. Pete Jacobs, 08:18:37 in 2012

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Mirinda Carfrae, 08:52:14 in 2013 (also 08:57:57 in 2011, 08:58:36 in 2010, 09:00:55 in 2014 and 09:10:30 in 2016)
  2. Sarah Crowley, 09:01:38 in 2017
  3. Liz Blatchford, 09:03:35 in 2013
  4. Michellie Jones, 09:11:51 in 2005
  5. Kate Major, 09:12:39 in 2005

Canada

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Lionel Sanders, 07:44:29 at IM Arizona 2016 (also 07:54:10 at IM Arizona 2017, 07:58:22 at IM Arizona 2015 and 08:04:07 at IM Hawaii 2017)
  2. Brent McMahon, 07:46:10 at IM Brasil 2016 (also 07:50:15 at IM Arizona 2016, 07:55:48 at IM Arizona 2014, 07:56:55 at IM Brasil 2015, 08:00:57 at IM Arizona 2015 and 08:07:40 at IM Arizona 2017)
  3. Jeff Symonds, 08:04:29 at IM Melbourne 2015
  4. Tom Evans, 08:07:59 at IM Florida 2008
  5. Peter Reid 08:08:50 at IM Australia 1997 (Peter also won IM Austria in 1999 in 7:51:56, but he himself acknowledges that the run course was short by a few k, posting a 2:35 run split)

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Heather Fuhr, 08:51:22 at IM Austria 2002 (also 08:55:08 at IM Australia 2000)
  2. Angela Naeth, 08:54:55 at IM Chattanooga 2014 (also 08:55:19 at IM Texas 2015)
  3. Sara Gross, 08:56:35 at IM Brasil 2014
  4. Malindi Elmore, 08:57:22 at IM Arizona 2016
  5. Jen Annett, 08:59:27 at IM Arizona 2017

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Lionel Sanders, 08:04:07 in 2017 (also 08:36:26 in 2015 and 08:44:49 in 2016)
  2. Peter Reid, 08:20:04 in 2005 (also 08:21:00 in 2000, 08:22:54 in 1999, 08:24:20 in 1998, 08:24:37 in 1996, 08:33:06 in 2002 and 08:43:16 in 1997)
  3. Brent McMahon, 08:30:13 in 2015 (also 08:45:45 in 2016)
  4. Mike Neill, 08:47:57 in 2007
  5. Tom Evans, 08:48:36 in 2005

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Lori Bowden, 09:11:56 in 2003 (also 09:13:02 in 1999, 09:22:27 in 2002, 09:27:19 in 1998, 9:29:05 in 2000 and 09:32:59 in 2001)
  2. Samantha McGlone, 09:14:04 in 2007 (also 09:30:28 in 2009 and 09:38:45 in 2010)
  3. Heather Wurtele, 09:17:56 in 2011(also 09:32:51 in 2016 and 09:34:18 in 2014)
  4. Lisa Bentley, 09:25:18 in 2006
  5. Heather Fuhr, 09:31:43 in 1997 (also 09:31:46 in 1993)

New Zealand

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Terenzo Bozzone, 07:51:26 at IM Western Australia 2016
  2. Mike Phillips, 07:52:50 at IM Barcelona 2017
  3. Cameron Brown, 08:00:12 at IM Melbourne 2012
  4. Richard Ussher, 08:02:15 at Challenge Roth 2009
  5. Callum Millward, 08:07:13 at IM Texas 2017

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Britta Martin, 08:56:34 at IM Western Australia 2014 (also 09:01:10 at Challenge Roth 2012,  09:02:23 at Challenge Taiwan 2014 and 09:13:00 at IM Western Australia 2012)
  2. Gina Crawford, 08:57:18 at Challenge Roth 2008 (also 08:58:06 at IM Germany 2014, 08:59:24 at IM Western Australia 2008, 08:59:35 at Challenge Roth 2012, 09:04:45 at Challenge Roth 2015, 09:08:05 at Challenge Henley 2012, 09:08:22 at IM Western Australia 2007 and 09:11:16 at IM Melbourne 2012)
  3. Joanna Lawn, 08:58:25 at Challenge Roth 2007 (also 09:01:17 at Challenge Roth 2006, 09:06:53 at IM Melbourne 2012 and 09:09:00 at Challenge Roth 2013)
  4. Erin Baker, 09:05:28 at IM Canada 1990
  5. Belinda Harper, 09:06:47 at Challenge Roth 2011

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Terenzo Bozzone, 08:13:06 in 2017 (also 08:34:45 in 2009 and 08:38:23 in 2010)
  2. Cameron Brown, 08:19:36 in 2005 (also 08:25:22 in 2006, 08:26:17 in 2008, 08:34:10 in 2010, 08:53:41 in 2009)
  3. Braden Currie, 08:50:05 in 2017
  4. Bryan Rhodes, 08:53:35 in 2008
  5. Brent Foster, 08:54:41 in 2005

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Erin Baker, 09:08:04 in 1993 (also 09:12:14 in 1988, 09:13:18 in 1990, 09:13:42 in 1990, 09:23:37 in 1991 and 09:35:25 in 1987)
  2. Gina Crawford, 09:14:47 in 2013 (also 09:19:21 in 2014, 09:28:54 in 2012, 09:36:53 in 2008 and 09:43:08 in 2010)
  3. Joanna Lawn, 09:14:53 in 2005 (also 09:26:47 in 2007, 09:32:48 in 2006, 09:34:45 in 2009 and 09:45:33 in 2008)
  4. Britta Martin, 09:39:46 in 2013
  5. Samantha Warriner, 09:43:25 in 2011

United Kingdom

John Levison from Tri247.com has a lot more data on the British athletes overall and in Kona.

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Tim Don, 07:40:23 at IM Brasil 2017 (also 08:04:15 at IM Brasil 2016)
  2. Joe Skipper, 07:56:23 at Challenge Roth 2016 (also 07:59:39 at Challenge Almere 2017 and 08:03:00 at Challenge Roth 2017)
  3. Will Clarke, 07:59:02 at IM Texas 2017 (also 07:59:31 at IM Copenhagen 2016
  4. Paul Amey, 08:01:29 at IM Arizona 2011
  5. David McNamee, 08:07:11 at IM Hawaii 2017

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Chrissie Wellington, 08:18:13 at Challenge Roth 2011 (also 08:19:13 at Challenge Roth 2010, 08:31:59 at Challenge Roth 2009, 08:33:56 at IM South Africa 2011 and 08:36:13 at IM Arizona 2010)
  2. Rachel Joyce, 08:42:25 at Challenge Roth 2014 (also 08:45:04 at Challenge Roth 2012, 08:46:09 at IM Melbourne 2012 and 08:49:14 at IM Texas 2013)
  3. Catriona Morrison, 08:48:11 at Challenge Roth 2009
  4. Leanda Cave, 08:49:00 at IM Arizona 2011
  5. Bella Bayliss, 08:50:13 at IM Austria 2009

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. David McNamee, 08:07:11 in 2017 (also 08:28:05 in 2016 and 08:32:27 in 2015)
  2. Tom Lowe, 08:29:02 in 2011
  3. Harry Wiltshire, 08:35:41 in 2017
  4. Joe Skipper, 08:36:02 in 2015
  5. Tim Don, 08:39:05 in 2015

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Chrissie Wellington, 08:54:02 in 2009 (also 08:55:08 in 2011, 09:06:23 in 2008 and 09:08:45 in 2007)
  2. Rachel Joyce, 08:57:28 in 2013 (also 09:04:23 in 2014 and 09:06:57 in 2011)
  3. Lucy Charles, 08:59:38 in 2017
  4. Leanda Cave, 09:03:29 in 2011
  5. Julie Dibens, 09:10:04 in 2010
John’s list also has Liz Blatchford (9:03:35 in 2013), but even though she has double citizenship, she is racing for Australia.

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