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Chrissie: 13 steps to greatness
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Wednesday 5th December 2012

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There is no doubting that the big triathlon news story of the week is the retirement of Chrissie Wellington, as announced HERE. Chrissie has expanded upon that decision with a typically superbly written blog piece which you can find on her website which is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Much has, and will be written about the impact that Chrissie has made both in our sport and beyond, but there is no doubting that it is her performances on the race course that have provided that platform and awareness of everything else that surrounds one of the greatest endurance athletes we've ever seen.

More specifically, her total domination of the 2.4 mile, 112 mile, 26.2 mile ironman distance from which she retires unbeaten in 13 races over five seasons, 2007-2011 inclusive. That career started in Korea...

Chrissie Wellington's Iron Distance Career: all 13 wins.

#1: Ironman Korea 2007 - August 2007 - 9:54:37 - Report

Seventh overall, $20,000 first prize - but it nearly went wrong barely an hour into the race, when Chrissie arrived to find 'Vij the Velo' with a front flat tyre. Not the first time a puncture would impact a Chrissie Ironman. Puncture fixed, back in the race and finished seventh overall. $500 handed over for that Kona start seven weeks later...

Pos Men Women
1st Raynard Tissink 9:08:09 Chrissie Wellington 9:54:37
2nd Byung Hoon Park 9:15:17 Yasuko Miyazaki 10:44:44
3rd Olaf Sabatschus 9:23:49 Silvia Czaika 11:17:50

#2: Ironman World Champs - October 2007 - 9:08:45 - Report

Chrissie who? The world soon knew. Winning first time out in Kona? That was special. Little were we to know just how special the following years would be. Simon Ward interviewed Chrissie post-race HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:15:34 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 9:08:45
2nd Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:19:04 Samantha McGlone (CAN) 9:14:04
3rd Torbjorn Sindballe (DEN) 8:21:30 Kate Major (AUS) 9:19:13

©Robbie Little/ASI

#3: Ironman Australia - April 2008 - 9:03:55 - Report

No flash in the pan, three-for-three and a British record time too in Australia.

Pos Men Women
1st Patrick Vernay (NZL) 8:31:33 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 9:03:55
2nd Mitchell Anderson (AUS) 8:40:19 Kate Major (USA) 9:09:12
3rd Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:42:48 Melissa Cockshutt (AUS) 9:50:02

#4: Ironman Frankfurt - July 2008 - 8:51:24 - Report

At the time, the second fastest Ironman time ever and, of course, another British record. But for some flag waving and high-fiving in the closing stages, Paula Newby Fraser's world best might have been there for the taking too. Plenty of time for that in future years...

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McCormack (AUS) 7:59:55 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:51:24
2nd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:00:49 Nicole Leder (GER) 9:17:26
3rd Timo Bracht (GER) 8:04:16 Wenke Kujala (GER) 9:24:54

#5: Ironman World Champs - October 2008 - 9:06:23 - Report

But for teamTBB colleague Rebekah Keat, the streak could have ended - but despite 'CO2 gate', Chrissie wins again (by almost 15 minutes) and breaks the run course record too. "You're unbelievable" was the appropriate finish line music.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:17:45 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 9:06:23
2nd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:20:50 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 9:21:20
3rd Rutger Beke (BEL) 8:21:23 Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 9:22:52

#6: Ironman Australia - April 2009 - 8:57:10 - Report

Sub-9 for the second time and another Australian master class.

Pos Men Women
1st Patrick Vernay (FRA) 8:24:55 Chrissie Welington (GBR) 8:57:10
2nd Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:29:03 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 9:21:33
3rd Tim Berkel (AUS) 8:31:43 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:38:44

#7: Challenge Roth - July 2009 - 8:31:59 - Report

I predicted 8:32:15, Chrissie beat that by 16 seconds too. World best time smashed. Not bad when suffering with Shingles, which she revealed in an interview with me after the race.

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Göhner (GER) 7:55:53 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:31:59
2nd Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:02:01 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 8:39:24
3rd Richard Ussher (NLZ) 8:02:15 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 8:48:11

Rth &copyChallenge Family / Kona ©Henry Budgett

#8: Ironman World Champs - October 2009 - 8:54:02 - Report

An absolutely dominant win, Kona course record broken and almost 20 minutes clear of Mirinda Carfrae. Stunning.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:20:21 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:54:02
2nd Chris Lieto (USA) 8:22:56 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 9:13:59
3rd Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:24:42 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 9:15:28

 ©Henry Budgett

#9: Challenge Roth - July 2010 - 8:19:13 - Report

Seventh overall, another Tri247 prediction beaten and another world best time. A 2:48:54 marathon and a >30 minutes victory margin. She told me post race "Of course, you can always go faster and find ways to improve. I think I can get stronger and fade less." A year later, she proved it too.

Pos Men Women
1st Rasmus Henning (DEN) 7:52:36 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:19:13
2nd Sebastian Kienle (GER) 7:59:06 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 8:50:10
3rd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:02:33 Tereza Macel (CZE) 9:09:29

Chrissie celebrates ©TEAMChallenge GmbH

#10: Ironman Arizona - November 2010 - 8:36:13 - Report

Having had to withdraw from Kona with illness (which I talked to her about HERE), Chrissie had a point to prove in Tempe. "This was my Kona." With the fastest Ironman™ time ever at that point, point proven. The last few miles of the ride were ridden nursing a flat tyre too.

Pos Men Women
1st Timo Bracht (GER) 8:07:16 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:36:13
2nd Rasmus Henning (DEN) 8:10:58 Linsey Corbin (USA) 9:05:33
3rd Tom Lowe (GBR) 8:11:44 Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:13:50

#11: Ironman South Africa - April 2011 - 8:33:56 - Report

Eighth overall, fastest run split overall too. Rachel Joyce broke the previous course record... and still finished almost 35 minutes later. I was there to see it in person, stunning. We have an image gallery dedicated to Chrissie's race day in Port Elizabeth HERE. Great work on those images from Richard Stabler.

Pos Men Women
1st Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:05:36 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:33:56
2nd Andreas Böcherer (GER) 8:08:36 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:08:23
3rd James Cunnama (RSA) 8:13:18 Diana Riesler (GER) 9:20:37

Chrissie Wellington © Tri247/Richard Stabler

#12: Challenge Roth - July 2011 - 8:18:13 - Report

"Today I achieved more than I ever thought was possible. I'm so happy, overjoyed and proud to have raced here at Roth and to have broken my own World Record, on this the 10th Anniversary makes it even more special."

Her 2:44:34 marathon split is surely the best run performance in iron-distance history.

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Raelert (GER) 7:41:33 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:18:13
2nd Sebastian Kienle (GER) 7:57:06 Julia Wagner (GER) 8:56:23
3rd Keegan Williams (NZL) 8:16:01 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 8:59:22

Chrissie Wellington ©Getty Images

#13: Ironman World Champs - October 2011 - 8:55:08 - Report

"As an athlete I sought ‘the perfect race’. That race within myself where I dug to the depths mentally and physically, and that hard-fought race with my competitors. The World Ironman Championships in 2011 was the icing on the cake for me as an athlete. It was my ‘perfect race’ and it ‘completed’ me". Enough said.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:03:56 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:55:08
2nd Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:09:11 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 8:57:57
3rd Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:11:07 Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:03:29

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