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Congratulations Joe Skipper
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 18th July 2016

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Joe Skipper's sub-eight hour iron-distance dream comes true

"I really want to target Challenge Roth and go sub eight hours. That is really my big aim for the middle of the season and I've wanted to do it for ages.... It's not something to go for half-heartedly, you have to go in 100% for a good result."

That was Joe Skipper ( talking to me in November 2015, looking ahead to the 2016 season. On Sunday, Joe proved that this was more than a 'hope' as he crossed the line at Challenge Roth in second place, in a time of 7:56:23 - the first British athlete ever to break the magical eight hour mark for the iron-distance:

Swim - 00:52:36
T1 - 00:02:22
Bike - 04:21:12
T2 - 00:01:22
Run - 02:38:52
Total - 7:56:23

Check out the stats on the following links for details of how Joe's performance fits into the all-time British and World history of iron-distance racing:

Related Article: Britain's fastest iron men

Related Article: Sub-8 iron men - the list

Here's a celebration image gallery from Bavaria to celebrate Joe's achievement.

(All images are copyright and courtesy of Stephen Pond / Getty images).

It is hard not to smile when going up Solarer Berg for the first time, one of the iconic locations on the Challenge Roth bike course.

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

Joe knew he would have to run a stunning marathon if he was to break the eight hour mark. 2:38:52 was rather stunning...

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

Talk is cheap - but Joe Skipper delivered on his objectives, becoming the first British athlete to record a sub eight hour time for the iron-distance.

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

If you can't smile after that performance, when can you.

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

Sharing an ERDINGER 'shower' with 2015 champion, Nils Frommhold, who Joe passed in the final kilometres to takes second place.

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

I think he enjoyed that...

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

The new British record holder, with the new World record holder, Jan Frodeno. The 2008 Olympic Champion produced a staggering 7:35:39 performance to beat the previous best of Andreas Raelert (7:41:33), set five years ago in Roth. What next for the reigning Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Champion?

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

A time for reflection as the anthem plays.

Joe Skipper - copyright Stephen Pond / Getty Images

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