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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?

2 Paula Newby-Fraser

In second place is the Queen of Kona. Born in 1962 she has won eight world Ironman titles, had 24 Ironman wins. She was also the first woman to break nine hours in Kona and held the course record there for 17 years, until Chrissie Wellington beat it in 2009. She has also had the highest finish ever for a woman in Kona having finished 11th overall in 1988. 

She famously collapsed near the Hawaii finish line in 1995 from dehydration, eventually coming fourth after a 20 minute hiatus. But the resilience she showed in coming back to win her eighth and final championship the following year is the sign of a true champion.

Born in 1962 in Zimbabwe, she grew up in South Africa and  was a nationally ranked swimmer as a child. In 1984, intrigued by her local triathlon she bought her first bike, and won the women's event eight weeks later to come fourth overall. Her love and fascination of the sport had begun.

Jack Sexty 220 staff writer says: “Paula is probably still the most consistent triathlete of all time, an eight-time Kona winner who was finishing in times that'd still be world-beating today. As with Scott, considering the limited technology she had access to, lower financial incentives and a smaller field to compete against, her achievements narrowly eclipse that of Chrissie Wellington’s for me, and she also racked up victories over shorter distances during her career.

"Her route into triathlon was not without adversity, latterly giving up her South African citizenship and taking a huge gamble by taking up the sport professionally. In my opinion, she remains one of the greatest of all time regardless of era. "

220 named Newby-Fraser second greatest Kona triathlete of all time

Paula Newby-Fraser greatest victories

24 Ironman career wins

1996 Ironman World Champion

1994 Ironman World Champion

1993 Ironman World Champion

1992 Ironman World Champion

1991 Ironman World Champion

1989 Ironman World Champion

1988 Ironman World Champion

1986 Ironman World Champion

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


 
 

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kellettino

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

marciolp

What about Fernanda Keller (Miss Consistency) ?

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