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Van Vlerken equals Wellington record
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Posted on: Tuesday 14th July 2015


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Yvonne Van Vlerken equals Chrissie Wellington's record with her ninth sub-nine hour iron-distance finish at Challenge Roth 2015.

Whenever you are able to match anything performance related that the unbeaten iron-distance legend Chrissie Wellington achieved in her career, that has got to be worthy of note, such were the standards set by the four-times Ironman World Champion. That's what the Flying Dutch Girl Yvonne Van Vlerken managed on Sunday when winning Challenge Roth in Germany. It's also realistic to assume that it won't be too long until Yvonne becomes the first female athlete to reach double figures in her resumé of sub-nine hour iron-distance finishes.

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As well as volume of races, what also stands out is the period over which Yvonne has recorded her times. She finished with a time of 8:51:55 when winning Challenge Roth in 2007 (her first sub-nine) - and eight years later won the race again, just 62 seconds quicker. Nobody else has come close to breaking the nine hour mark over such an extended period of time. What's also interesting is that there was more than a four year gap between her third (Roth 2008) and fourth (Florida 2012) fast finishes - but she seems to be making up for lost time now.

Yvonne Van Vlerken ©Getty Images

I believe that Yvonne's next iron-distance race will be in three weeks time at the debut Ironman Maastricht Limburg. Should that be the case - and of course, the event profile and Yvonne's performance combine to break the nine hour mark again - how appropriate it would be were the Dutch athlete to move into double figures on home soil.

Yvonne Van Vlerken - Sub Nine Hour Iron Distance Finishes (Fastest first)

Location
Year
Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total
Florida
2013
01:00:14
00:02:53
04:35:49
00:02:16
03:01:55
08:43:07
Roth
2008
00:53:47
00:02:07
04:54:11
00:01:22
02:54:22
08:45:48
Roth
2013
00:54:40
00:01:24
04:39:35
00:01:12
03:09:33
08:46:22
Roth
2015
00:54:46
00:01:30
04:47:34
00:01:22
03:05:43
08:50:53
Florida
2012
01:01:26
00:02:52
04:40:20
00:02:12
03:04:45
08:51:35
Roth
2007
00:57:55
00:01:56
04:51:48
00:01:19
02:58:55
08:51:55
Almere
2007
00:58:30
00:02:10
04:45:49
00:02:17
03:09:11
08:57:54
Melbourne
2015
00:59:52
00:02:32
04:44:28
00:01:12
03:10:54
08:58:58
Roth
2014
00:59:24
00:01:40
04:42:17
00:01:36
03:14:40
08:59:36

Yvonne Van Vlerken - Sub Nine Hour Iron Distance Finishes (Chronological order)

Location
Year
Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total
Roth
2007
00:57:55
00:01:56
04:51:48
00:01:19
02:58:55
08:51:55
Almere
2007
00:58:30
00:02:10
04:45:49
00:02:17
03:09:11
08:57:54
Roth
2008
00:53:47
00:02:07
04:54:11
00:01:22
02:54:22
08:45:48
Florida
2012
01:01:26
00:02:52
04:40:20
00:02:12
03:04:45
08:51:35
Roth
2013
00:54:40
00:01:24
04:39:35
00:01:12
03:09:33
08:46:22
Florida
2013
01:00:14
00:02:53
04:35:49
00:02:16
03:01:55
08:43:07
Roth
2014
00:59:24
00:01:40
04:42:17
00:01:36
03:14:40
08:59:36
Melbourne
2015
00:59:52
00:02:32
04:44:28
00:01:12
03:10:54
08:58:58
Roth
2015
00:54:46
00:01:30
04:47:34
00:01:22
03:05:43
08:50:53

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