Ironman-Distance Records

Last update: January 15, 2019

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.

IM Texas 2018 has been a fast race that created a lot of controversy whether the times should be accepted as “fastest times” or not. I have decided to include the Texas times in the tables below but “with an asterisk” and also show the fastest time in addition to the Texas time(s). The Texas times are especially apparent in the female bike times: There are nine times from Texas that are faster than the Top 5 from any other races. While I think that most of the Texas results have to be considered invalid, Starky’s 3:54 bike split (the first sub-4 in an Ironman) is the “most legit” result of the day – even if the course was slightly short there is very little chance to draft while riding at the front of the field and no motos on the course.

TOP 5 Times of all time

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Jan Frodeno 07:35:39 Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17
  Matt Hanson* (07:39:25) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
  Ivan Tutukin* (07:39:57) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
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
  Will Clarke* (07:45:22) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
5 Marino Vanhoenacker 07:45:58 IM Austria on 2011-07-03

TOP 5 Times of all time

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 Daniela Ryf 08:26:18 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
  Melissa Hauschildt* (08:31:05) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
5 Chrissie Wellington 08:31:59 Challenge Roth on 2009-07-12

TOP 5 Swim Times of all time

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 Swim Times of all time

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 Bike Times of all time

Rank Name Actual Time Race
  Andrew Starykowicz* (03:54:59) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
1 Andrew Starykowicz 04:01:14 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
2 Andrew Starykowicz 04:02:17 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
  Johann Ackermann* (04:03:19) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
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 Bike Times of all time

Rank Name Actual Time Race
  Jen Annett* (04:25:10) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
1 Daniela Ryf 04:26:07 IM Hawaii on 2018-10-13
  Jodie Robertson* (04:27:30) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
  Kimberley Morrison* (04:27:45) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
2 Lucy Gossage 04:28:40 IM UK on 2018-07-15
  Melissa Hauschildt* (04:29:55) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
3 Daniela Ryf* 04:31:29 Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17
  Sara Svensk* (04:32:33) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
  Michelle Vesterby* (04:33:11) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
  Meredith Kessler* (04:34:32) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
4 Corinne Abraham 04:34:32 IM Sweden on 2018-08-18
  Amanda Wendorff* (04:34:46) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
  Tine Deckers* (04:35:01) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
5 Jen Annett 04:35:13 IM Arizona on 2018-11-18

TOP 5 Run Times of all time

Rank Name Actual Time Race
  Matt Hanson* (02:34:39) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
  Ivan Tutukin* (02:35:19) IM Texas on 2018-04-28
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 Run Times of all time

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 James Cunnama ZAF 07:59:15 01.07.18 Challenge Roth
Asia/Pacific Patrick Vernay NCL 08:03:46 12.07.09 Challenge Roth
Oceania Tim Van Berkel*
Terenzo Bozzone
AUS
NZL
(07:47:43)
07:51:26
28.04.18
04.12.16
IM Texas
IM Western Australia
Europe Jan Frodeno GER 07:35:39 17.07.16 Challenge Roth
North America Matt Hanson*
Lionel Sanders
USA
CAN
(07:39:25)
07:44:29
28.04.18
20.11.16
IM Texas
IM Arizona
South America Igor Amorelli 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 Emi Shiono JPN 09:23:26 01.03.08 IM New Zealand
Australia Melissa Hauschildt*
Mirinda Carfrae
AUS
AUS
(08:31:05)
08:38:53
28.04.18
20.07.14
IM Texas
Challenge Roth
Europe Chrissie Wellington GBR 08:18:13 10.07.11 Challenge Roth
North America Heather Jackson USA 08:39:18 18.11.18 IM Arizona
South America Ariane Monticeli 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 Tim Van Berkel*
Chris McCormack
(07:47:43)
07:54:23
28.04.18
24.06.07
IM Texas
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 Jan van Berkel*
Ronnie Schildknecht
(07:48:40)
07:56:21
28.04.18
22.04.17
IM Texas
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*
Matt Hanson
(07:39:25)
07:52:44
18.04.18
22.04.17
IM Texas
IM Texas
ZAF James Cunnama 07:59:15 01.07.18 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 Jen Annett*
Heather Fuhr
(08:49:27)
08:51:22
28.04.18
07.07.02
IM Texas
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 Michelle Vesterby*
Helle Frederiksen
(08:45:47)
08:55:35
28.04.18
19.11.17
IM Texas
IM Arizona
ESP Gurutze Frades Larralde 09:01:00 28.05.17 IM Brasil
FIN Kaisa Sali 08:46:49 01.07.18 Challenge Roth
GBR Chrissie Wellington 08:18:13 10.07.11 Challenge Roth
GER Laura Philipp 08:34:57 07.10.18 IM Barcelona
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 Teresa Adam 08:53:16 10.06.18 IM Cairns
POL Ewa Bugdol 09:15:57 30.09.17 IM Barcelona
SUI Daniela Ryf 08:22:04 17.07.16 Challenge Roth
SWE Sara Svensk
Asa Lundstroem
(08:46:49)
08:54:35
28.04.18
18.08.18
IM Texas
IM Sweden
USA Heather Jackson 08:39:18 18.11.18 IM Arizona
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. Jesse Thomas, 07:54:39 at Challenge Roth 2018
  3. Andy Potts, 07:55:12 at IM Western Australia 2016
  4. Andrew Starykowicz, 07:55:22 at IM Florida 2013
  5. Timothy O’Donnell, 07:55:56 at IM Brasil 2015

If you included IM Texas 2018, Matt Hanson would still be the fastest athlete (he posted a 7:39:25), followed by Andrew Starykowicz (7:50:56).

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Heather Jackson, 08:39:18 at IM Arizona 2018
  2. Linsey Corbin, 08:42:42 at IM Austria 2014
  3. Mary Beth Ellis, 08:43:34 at IM Austria 2011
  4. Sarah True, 08:43:43 at IM Hawaii 2018
  5. Meredith Kessler, 08:44:00 at IM Arizona 2015

Her fast time at IM Texas 2018 would put Jodie Robertson (08:43:16) in third place.

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Tim O’Donnell, 08:03:17 in 2018
  2. Matthew Russell, 08:04:45 in 2018
  3. Mark Allen, 08:07:46 in 1993
  4. Andy Potts, 08:09:34
  5. Dave Scott, 08:10:13 in 1989

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Sarah True, 08:43:43 in 2018
  2. Paula Newby-Fraser, 08:55:28 in 1992
  3. Linsey Corbin, 08:58:58 in 2018
  4. Sarah Piampiano, 9:01:57 in 2018
  5. Heather Jackson, 09:02:29 in 2017

Germany

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Jan Frodeno, 07:35:39 at Challenge Roth 2016
  2. Andreas Raelert, 07:41:33 at Challenge Roth 2011
  3. Sebastian Kienle, 07:46:23 at Challenge Roth 2018
  4. Nils Frommhold, 07:51:28 at Challenge Roth 2015
  5. Patrick Lange, 07:52:39 at IM Hawaii 2018

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Laura Philipp, 08:34:57 at IM Barcelona 2018
  2. Anne Haug, 08:41:58 at IM Hawaii 2018
  3. Daniela Sämmler, 08:43:42 at Challenge Roth 2018
  4. Sandra Wallenhorst, 08:47:26 at IM Austria 2008
  5. Sonja Tajsich, 08:49:47 at Challenge Roth 2012

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Patrick Lange, 07:52:39 in 2018
  2. Thomas Hellriegel, 08:06:07 in 1996
  3. Jan Frodeno, 08:06:30 in 2016
  4. Sebastian Kienle, 08:09:59 in 2017
  5. Andreas Raelert, 08:11:07 in 2011

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Anne Haug, 08:41:58 in 2018
  2. Mareen Hufe, 09:06:35 in 2018
  3. Nina Kraft, 09:14:24 in 2002
  4. Anja Beranek, 09:14:26 in 2016
  5. Sonja Tajsich, 09:15:17 in 2011

Australia

Fastest Male Athletes Overall

  1. Chris McCormack, 07:54:23 at Challenge Roth 2007
  2. Luke McKenzie, 07:55:58 at IM Western Australia 2015
  3. Cameron Wurf, 07:57:40 at IM Western Australia 2018
  4. Craig Alexander, 07:57:44 at IM Melbourne 2012
  5. David Dellow, 07:59:28 at Challenge Roth 2015

With his 7:47:43 from Texas 2018, Tim Van Berkel would be the Australian record holder.

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Mirinda Carfrae, 08:38:53 at Challenge Roth 2014
  2. Rebekah Keat, 08:39:24 at Challenge Roth 2009
  3. Carrie Lester, 08:42:13 at Challenge Roth 2016
  4. Sarah Crowley, 08:52:30 at IM Hawaii 2018
  5. Melissa Hauschildt, 08:52:51 at IM Melbourne 2015

When including Texas 2018, Mel Hauschildt would have the fastest Australian time with her 8:31:05.

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Craig Alexander, 08:03:56 in 201
  2. Pete Jacobs, 08:09:11 in 2011
  3. Cameron Wurf, 08:10:32 in 2018
  4. Chris McCormack, 08:10:37 in 2010
  5. Tim Van Berkel, 08:13:47 in 2018

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Mirinda Carfrae, 08:50:45 in 2018
  2. Sarah Crowley, 8:52:30 in 2018
  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
  2. Brent McMahon, 07:46:10 at IM Brasil 2016
  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
  2. Jen Annett, 08:51:29 at IM Arizona 2018
  3. Angela Naeth, 08:54:55 at IM Chattanooga 2014
  4. Kirsty Jahn, 08:54:57 at IM Brasil 2018
  5. Sara Gross, 08:56:35 at IM Brasil 2014

Counting IM Texas, Jen Annett would take over the #1 spot with her 08:49:27 finish.

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Lionel Sanders, 08:04:07 in 2017
  2. Peter Reid, 08:20:04 in 2005
  3. Brent McMahon, 08:30:13 in 2015
  4. Mike Neill, 08:47:57 in 2007
  5. Tom Evans, 08:48:36 in 2005

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Angela Naeth, 08:57:36 in 2018
  2. Lori Bowden, 09:11:56 in 2003 
  3. Samantha McGlone, 09:14:04 in 2007
  4. Heather Wurtele, 09:17:56 in 2011
  5. Lisa Bentley, 09:25:18 in 2006

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. Braden Currie, 07:54:58 at IM Cairns 2018
  4. Cameron Brown, 08:00:12 at IM Melbourne 2012
  5. Richard Ussher, 08:02:15 at Challenge Roth 2009

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Teresa Adam, 08:53:16 at IM Cairns 2018
  2. Britta Martin, 08:56:34 at IM Western Australia 2014
  3. Gina Crawford, 08:57:18 at Challenge Roth 2008
  4. Joanna Lawn, 08:58:25 at Challenge Roth 2007
  5. Erin Baker, 09:05:28 at IM Canada 1990

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. Braden Currie, 8:04:41 in 2018
  2. Terenzo Bozzone, 08:13:06 in 2017
  3. Mike Philips, 8:17:54 in 2018
  4. Cameron Brown, 08:19:36 in 2005
  5. Simon Cochrane, 8:50:54 in 2018

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Erin Baker, 09:08:04 in 1993
  2. Teresa Adam, 09:12:53 in 2018
  3. Gina Crawford, 09:14:47 in 2013
  4. Joanna Lawn, 09:14:53 in 2005
  5. Melanie Burke, 09:25:02 in 2018

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
  2. Joe Skipper, 07:55:34 at IM UK 2018
  3. Will Clarke, 07:59:02 at IM Texas 2017
  4. David McNamee, 08:01:09 at IM Hawaii 2018
  5. Paul Amey, 08:01:29 at IM Arizona 2011

Will Clarke’s Texas 2018 result (07:45:22) would see him climb into second place.

Fastest Female Athletes Overall

  1. Chrissie Wellington, 08:18:13 at Challenge Roth 2011
  2. Lucy Charles, 08:36:34 at Challenge Roth 2018
  3. Rachel Joyce, 08:42:25 at Challenge Roth 2014
  4. Corinne Abraham, 08:45:06 at IM Sweden 2018
  5. Catriona Morrison, 08:48:11 at Challenge Roth 2009

Fastest Male Athletes in Kona

  1. David McNamee, 08:01:09 in 2018
  2. Joe Skipper, 08:05:54 in 2018
  3. Tom Lowe, 08:29:02 in 2011
  4. Harry Wiltshire, 08:35:41 in 2017
  5. Tim Don, 08:39:05 in 2015

Fastest Female Athletes in Kona

  1. Lucy Charles, 08:36:34 in 2018
  2. Chrissie Wellington, 08:54:02 in 2009
  3. Rachel Joyce, 08:57:28 in 2013
  4. Corinne Abraham, 08:57:55 in 2018
  5. Leanda Cave, 09:03:29 in 2011

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