Chrissie Wellington after winning in Kona
Chrissie Wellington after winning in Kona
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Female triathletes: top 10 greatest ever?

We have discussed, debated and, frankly, argued furiously about who should make it onto our top 10 female triathletes of all time list... do you agree with our chosen 10?

4 Chrissie Wellington

Four-times Ironman World Champion, Chrissie Wellington was the first British athlete to hold the Ironman World Championship title. Born in 1977, her triathlon career started as an age grouper and training and competing took place around her career in international development and in 2006 she won the Olympic-distance age-group World Championships.

The following year, in August 2007, she turned pro and won Kona at her very first attempt by a margin of 5mins. This was the start of a string of 13 victories at every iron-distance race she entered.

>>>  Hawaii According to Chrissie Wellington

In 2011 she broke the women’s long-distance world record at Challenge Roth with a time of 8:18:13.

Liz Barrett, 220 deputy editor, said: “A favourite of 220’s for many years, how could we not have voted for Miss Wellington of Chrissieshire in our top 5?! The only reason she wasn’t higher was because we had to take into account the breadth of achievement attained by the formidable ladies ahead."

220 named Wellington 5th greatest Kona triathlete of all time

Chrissie Wellington greatest victories

2011 Ironman record holder (South Africa 2011)

2011 Ironman World Champion

2011 Challenge Roth winner

2010 Challenge Roth winner

2009 Ironman World Champion

2009 Challenge Roth winner 

2008 Ironman World Champion

2007 Ironman World Champion

Continue reading our guide to the 10 top female triathletes of all time  (8/10)


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She DNF'd in 2015 so the second sentence is incorrect.


What about Fernanda Keller (Miss Consistency) ?

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