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Sub-9 women (CPH 2014 update)
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 26th August 2014


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The 2014 edition of Challenge Roth saw a milestone in female iron-distance racing, as when Mirinda Carfrae crossed the line to take victory, it was the 100th time that a female athlete has broken nine hours for an iron-distance event. We didn't have to wait long for 101, 102 or 103...

[Updated following Ironman Brasil 2014 (Sara Gross) Ironman Texas 2014 (Kelly Williamson), Ironman Asia-Pacific Champs, Melbourne 2014 (Caroline Steffen), Ironman Austria 2014 (five athletes), Ironman European Champs (Frankfurt) 2014 -Corinne Abraham, Elizabeth Lyles, Gina Crawford, Challenge Roth (Carfrae, Joyce, Steffen, Van Vlerken, Ironman Kalmar (Leanda Cave) and Ironman Copenhagen (Daniela Ryf)]

Here's an interesting fact to note. In the 17 seasons since Thea Sybesma became the first female to record a sub-nine hour Ironman finish (8:55:29 at Ironman Europe (Roth)) in 1991, up to and including 2007, the nine hour barrier was broken a total of 19 times. In 2013 alone there were TWENTY ONE sub-nine hour female iron-distance finishes... and we've already had 17 in 2014 before the end of August. Could 2014 prove to be anothr record year?


It was - and will continue to be - widely written and reported that Chrissie Wellington "re-wrote the record books" at Challenge Roth in 2010, recording a breathtaking time of 8:19:13 for ironman distance. A year later, she did it again!

Well, here is one of those "record books", and it too has been re-written once again.

The Ironman World Championships 2011 was the first time that two ladies had finished under nine hours in the same Kona race - and that meant that Chrissie Wellington, Mirinda Carfrae and Paula Newby Fraser each had two 8:XX Kona clocking's each of the six instances it had ever been achieved on the big island ahead of the 2013 edition. In 2013 Carfrae took her second Ironman World Championship in a course record time of 8:52:14, while Rachel Joyce also joined the "sub-9 at Kona club". Carfrae now stands alone with the most sub-nine hour times in Kona, with three.

Ironman Austria 2011 saw an all-time World Record from Marino Vanhoenacker in the men's race, which slightly overshadowed a fantastic win in the ladies race from Mary Beth-Ellis. Her 8:43:35 replaced the 2009 8:48:11 of Catriona Morrison (Challenge Roth) as the fastest debut iron-distance time ever and is currently ranked as the 14th fastest iron-distance time ever. She was followed home by Erika Csomor, Diana Riesler and Heleen Bij de Vaate who all broke the nine hour mark. Thus, Austria 2011 was only the third time ever (after Roth 2008 and 2009), that four ladies have recorded sub-nine hour times in one event. That then became four - as Joyce, Tajsich, Gajer and Crawford all broke nine hours at Roth 2012, where Gina joined the select group of ladies that have recorded three or more sub-nine times.

That record has just been surpassed - at Ironman Austria 2014, for the first time in one race, FIVE female athletes finished under the nine hour barrier - with another 'four' at Challenge Roth 2014.

As at 24th August 2014, 48 ladies have now finished an iron-distance triathlon with an 8:XX:XX clocking, and we now have 105 sub-9 female finishes recorded.

Number of sub-nine hour ladies iron-distance finishes?

Sport and numbers seem to be a perfect marriage. Whatever your sport, or whatever your ability, sooner or later you'll invariably be creating targets based on time. Whether that's making the 17-hour Ironman cut-off, running a sub-three hour marathon or beating 25 minutes in your club '10', everyone likes to break a barrier and set a personal best.

And, following the excitement from Quelle Challenge Roth (2009), and the fantastic world best figures of Chrissie Wellington, I thought it was a great opportunity to look, in depth, at ladies iron-distance performances. Recording a 'sub-nine' (hours) time for ladies, is a natural goal for many of the elite athletes in our sport, (just as going 'sub-eight' is for men), but, how often has it been done?

I didn't know. I researched extensively, and as far as I could see, nobody else knew either. I even found websites dedicated to this very subject - and realised I knew more than them anyway!

And so, it started... many hours of head-scratching, web surfing and historic magazine research - too many hours! - and I realised, not quickly enough, that I'd embarked on an "I'd started, so I had to finish mission". This definitely comes with a 'don't try this at home' warning. But I digress.

What follows is a result of that mission. Should you think I've missed any, please send me the details (editor@tri247.com), as my aim is to create the definitive list of sub-nine hour female iron distance finishes. The only downside of all of this work? I then had to do the same task for the sub-eight hour men!

Sub-Nine Hour Female Iron Distance Finishes

Pos.
M-Dot
Name
Country
Location
Year
Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total
1
 
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Roth
2011
00:49:49
00:01:56
04:40:39
00:01:17
02:44:35
08:18:13
2
 
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Roth
2010
00:50:28
00:01:56
04:36:33
00:01:25
02:48:54
08:19:13
3
 
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Roth
2009
00:50:28
00:02:10
04:40:28
00:01:23
02:57:32
08:31:59
4
*
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Port Elizabeth
2011
00:51:40
00:01:56
04:45:23
00:02:03
02:52:54
08:33:56
5
*
Caroline Steffen
SUI
Melbourne
2012
00:53:29
00:02:25
04:35:29
00:02:06
03:01:22
08:34:51
6
*
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Arizona
2010
00:51:56
00:02:48
04:47:06
00:01:28
02:52:55
08:36:13
7
*
Eva Wutti
AUT
Copenhagen
2013
00:52:55
00:02:24
04:39:58
00:01:28
03:00:51
08:37:36
8
 
Mirinda Carfrae
AUS
Roth
2014
00:55:24
00:01:43
04:46:48
00:01:33
02:53:27
08:38:53
9
 
Rebekah Keat
AUS
Roth
2009
00:50:21
00:02:16
04:50:10
00:01:11
02:55:28
08:39:24
10
 
Caroline Steffen
SUI
Roth
2013
00:51:45
00:01:38
04:42:21
00:01:46
03:03:07
08:40:35
11
 
Rachel Joyce
GBR
Roth
2014
00:52:43
00:01:42
04:43:11
00:01:30
03:03:21
08:42:25
12
*
Linsey Corbin
USA
Klagenfurt
2014
00:53:02
00:03:28
04:47:02
00:02:18
02:56:52
08:42:42
13
*
Yvonne van Vlerken
NED
Florida
2013
01:00:14
00:02:53
04:35:49
00:02:16
03:01:55
08:43:07
14
*
Mary Beth Ellis
USA
Klagenfurt
2011
00:48:07
00:03:09
04:48:09
00:02:38
03:01:28
08:43:35
15
 
Rachel Joyce
GBR
Roth
2012
00:47:37
00:01:39
04:54:07
00:01:20
02:59:53
08:45:04
16
 
Yvonne van Vlerken
NED
Roth
2008
00:53:47
00:02:07
04:54:11
00:01:22
02:54:22
08:45:48
17
*
Rachel Joyce
GBR
Melbourne
2012
00:52:34
00:01:59
04:44:57
00:01:37
03:05:02
08:46:09
18
 
Yvonne van Vlerken
NED
Roth
2013
00:54:40
00:01:24
04:39:35
00:01:12
03:09:33
08:46:22
19
 
Erica Csomor
HUN
Roth
2008
00:53:37
00:02:09
04:54:10
00:01:17
02:55:54
08:47:05
20
*
Sandra Wallenhorst
GER
Klagenfurt
2008
00:57:19
00:02:13
04:50:43
00:02:24
02:54:49
08:47:26
21
 
Catriona Morrison
GBR
Roth
2009
00:51:46
00:02:09
04:48:55
00:01:25
03:03:57
08:48:11
22
 
Caroline Steffen
SUI
Roth
2014
00:52:08
00:01:24
04:48:14
00:01:42
03:05:05
08:48:42
23
*
Leanda Cave
GBR
Arizona
2011
00:52:08
00:04:50
04:51:07
00:02:05
02:58:52
08:49:00
24
*
Ashley Clifford
USA
Florida
2013
00:55:21
00:03:49
04:51:20
00:01:58
02:56:35
08:49:03
25
*
Rachel Joyce
GBR
Texas
2013
00:54:02
00:02:21
04:42:29
00:02:55
03:07:27
08:49:14
26
*
Simone Brändli 
SUI
Klagenfurt
2014
00:45:51
00:02:48
04:57:15
00:02:08
03:01:14
08:49:16
27
 
Sonja Tajsich
GER
Roth
2012
00:55:50
00:01:38
04:55:14
00:01:24
02:55:43
08:49:47
28
*
Bella Bayliss
GBR
Klagenfurt
2009
00:54:04
00:03:31
04:49:41
00:02:35
03:00:20
08:50:13
29
*
Paula Newby Fraser
USA
Roth
1994
00:50:55
 
04:49:48
 
03:10:10
08:50:53
30
 
Eva Wutti
AUT
Barcelona
2013
01:02:39
00:02:00
04:46:37
00:01:48
02:57:57
08:51:01
31
 
Julia Gajer
GER
Roth
2013
00:51:48
00:01:37
04:56:35
00:01:11
02:59:55
08:51:04
32
*
Erica Csomor
HUN
Klagenfurt
2011
00:52:06
00:03:00
04:53:59
00:02:11
02:59:53
08:51:11
33
*
Bella Bayliss
GBR
Klagenfurt
2008
00:53:11
00:02:42
04:48:12
00:02:21
03:04:49
08:51:17
34
*
Lori Bowden
CAN
Klagenfurt
2002
00:55:46
00:02:19
04:50:58
00:02:22
02:59:55
08:51:22
35
*
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Frankfurt
2008
00:48:34
00:02:45
04:57:17
00:01:04
03:01:44
08:51:24
36
*
Yvonne van Vlerken
NED
Florida
2012
01:01:26
00:02:52
04:40:20
00:02:12
03:04:45
08:51:35
37
 
Yvonne van Vlerken
NED
Roth
2007
00:57:55
00:01:56
04:51:48
00:01:19
02:58:55
08:51:55
38
 
Rebekah Keat
AUS
Roth
2010
00:52:14
00:01:50
04:56:44
00:01:19
03:00:06
08:52:10
39
*
Mirinda Carfrae
AUS
Hawaii
2013
00:58:50
00:02:06
04:58:20
00:02:20
02:50:38
08:52:14
40
*
Caroline Steffen
SUI
Frankfurt
2012
00:48:58
00:02:54
04:52:34
00:01:15
03:06:52
08:52:33
41
*
Corinne Abraham
GBR
Frankfurt
2014
00:54:23
00:03:19
04:49:06
00:01:14
03:04:38
08:52:40
42
 
Rebekah Keat
AUS
Copenhagen
2011
00:49:33
00:02:15
04:54:41
00:01:13
03:05:02
08:52:42
43
*
Julia Gajer
GER
Arizona
2013
00:53:24
00:03:41
04:51:46
00:01:56
03:02:02
08:52:49
44
*
Lisa Hütthaler
AUT
Klagenfurt
2014
00:52:05
00:02:36
04:48:55
00:02:18
03:07:26
08:53:20
45
*
Daniela Ryf
SUI
Copenhagen
2014
00:48:37
00:02:39
04:44:09
00:01:53
03:16:15
08:53:33
46
*
Diana Riesler
GER
Klagenfurt
2011
00:58:20
00:03:33
04:43:50
00:02:09
03:05:41
08:53:35
47=
*
Jodie Swallow
GBR
Kalmar
2013
00:48:30
00:01:43
04:55:39
00:01:28
03:06:41
08:54:01
47=
*
Kate Allen
AUT
Klagenfurt
2003
00:49:14
00:01:51
05:03:28
00:02:14
02:57:12
08:54:01
49
*
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Hawaii
2009
00:54:31
00:02:15
04:52:06
00:02:05
03:03:05
08:54:02
50
*
Linsey Corbin
USA
Arizona
2011
00:57:00
00:03:23
04:50:11
00:01:34
03:02:28
08:54:33
51
 
Rebekah Keat
AUS
Copenhagen
2010
00:50:21
00:02:05
04:48:04
00:00:59
03:13:09
08:54:36
52
*
Kelly Williamson
USA
Texas
2014
00:51:49
00:02:08
05:03:51
00:02:08
02:54:46
08:54:42
53
*
Mary Beth Ellis
USA
Texas
2012
00:53:32
00:02:03
04:45:52
00:02:22
03:11:09
08:54:58
54
*
Paula Newby Fraser
USA
Roth
1992
00:50:49
 
04:50:09
 
03:14:02
08:55:00
55=
*
Lori Bowden
CAN
Forster-Tuncurry
2000
00:56:42
 
04:51:40
 
03:06:46
08:55:08
55=
*
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Hawaii
2011
01:01:03
00:02:05
04:56:53
00:02:26
02:52:41
08:55:08
57
*
Jessica Jacobs
USA
Florida
2011
01:02:03
00:03:08
04:53:42
00:02:51
02:53:26
08:55:10
58
*
Paula Newby Fraser
USA
Hawaii
1992
00:53:30
 
04:56:34
 
03:05:24
08:55:28
59
*
Thea Sybesma
NED
Roth
1991
00:55:01
 
04:46:22
 
03:14:06
08:55:29
60
*
Meredith Kessler
USA
Arizona
2013
00:50:14
00:02:47
04:45:33
00:01:08
03:16:05
08:55:47
61
*
Camilla Pedersen
DEN
Frankfurt
2013
00:48:08
00:03:02
04:54:20
00:02:02
03:09:29
08:56:01
62
 
Ines Estedt
GER
Detern/Jumme
1995
00:50:32
 
05:03:47
 
03:01:46
08:56:05
63
*
Heleen Bij de vaate
NED
Klagenfurt
2011
00:58:54
00:03:16
04:52:16
00:02:03
02:59:40
08:56:12
64=
 
Julia Wagner
GER
Roth
2011
00:51:28
00:01:45
04:54:27
00:01:20
03:07:25
08:56:23
64=
 
Irma Heeren
NED
Almere
1999
01:00:48
 
04:59:47
 
02:55:48
08:56:23
66
*
Elizabeth Lyles
USA
Frankfurt
2014
00:53:40
00:03:35
04:56:53
00:01:14
03:01:14
08:56:36
67=
*
Sara Gross
CAN
Brasil
2014
00:55:47
00:03:28
04:49:42
00:01:33
03:06:11
08:56:41
67=
*
Erica Csomor
HUN
Florida
2013
01:02:13
00:03:11
04:45:09
00:02:36
03:03:32
08:56:41
69
*
Leanda Cave
GBR
Kalmar
2014
00:49:39
00:02:21
04:57:21
00:02:03
03:05:26
08:56:50
70
 
Katinka Wiltenburg
NED
Almere
1996
00:55:29
 
05:00:39
 
03:00:49
08:56:57
71
 
Julia Gajer
GER
Roth
2012
00:50:14
00:01:33
05:02:11
00:01:10
03:01:55
08:57:02
72
*
Sofie Goos
BEL
Klagenfurt
2014
00:52:06
00:02:33
04:54:32
00:02:14
03:05:43
08:57:08
73
*
Chrissie Wellington
GBR
Port Macquarie
2009
00:50:48
00:02:01
05:03:01
00:02:05
02:59:15
08:57:10
74
 
Gina Ferguson
NZL
Roth
2008
00:48:52
00:02:23
05:01:42
00:01:14
03:03:08
08:57:18
75
*
Michelle Vesterby
DEN
Arizona
2013
00:53:30
00:02:54
04:42:57
00:01:20
03:16:43
08:57:24
76
*
Rachel Joyce
GBR
Hawaii
2013
00:54:09
00:02:02
04:55:25
00:02:15
03:03:37
08:57:28
77
 
Lucie Reed
CZE
Barcelona
2013
00:56:07
00:02:02
04:51:25
00:01:55
03:06:05
08:57:34
78
*
Thea Sybesma
NED
Roth
1992
00:53:56
 
04:47:01
 
03:16:40
08:57:37
79
*
Catriona Morrison
GBR
Texas
2011
-
-
05:51:15
00:02:22
03:04:14
08:57:51
80
 
Yvonne van Vlerken
NED
Almere
2007
00:58:30
00:02:10
04:45:49
00:02:17
03:09:11
08:57:54
81=
*
Mirinda Carfrae
AUS
Hawaii
2011
00:57:17
00:01:54
05:04:16
00:02:21
02:52:09
08:57:57
81=
*
Caroline Steffen
SUI
Melbourne
2014
00:52:03
00:02:33
04:56:38
00:01:59
03:04:44
08:57:57
83
*
Gina Crawford
NZL
Frankfurt
2014
00:49:21
00:03:27
04:56:01
00:01:40
03:07:37
08:58:06
84=
 
Belinda Granger
AUS
Roth
2008
00:48:49
00:02:01
04:50:24
00:01:45
03:15:10
08:58:08
84=
*
Sandra Wallenhorst
GER
Frankfurt
2009
00:54:22
00:03:15
04:54:02
00:00:56
03:05:33
08:58:08
86
*
Paula Newby Fraser
USA
Hawaii
1993
00:53:29
 
04:48:30
 
03:16:24
08:58:23
87
*
Kate Allen
AUT
Klagenfurt
2002
00:51:11
00:02:43
04:55:12
00:02:40
03:06:38
08:58:24
88
 
Joanna Lawn
NZL
Roth
2007
00:51:46
00:01:58
04:52:48
00:01:12
03:10:40
08:58:25
89
*
Mirinda Carfrae
AUS
Hawaii
2010
00:55:53
00:01:56
05:04:59
00:02:18
02:53:32
08:58:36
90
*
Nina Kraft
GER
Frankfurt
2004
00:48:35
00:02:26
05:05:11
00:01:30
03:00:53
08:58:37
91=
*
Jodie Swallow
GBR
Frankfurt
2013
00:46:09
00:03:00
04:50:36
00:01:18
03:17:40
08:58:43
91=
 
Lucy Gossage
GBR
Barcelona
2012
00:57:30
00:01:49
04:55:47
00:00:40
03:02:57
08:58:43
93
 
Rebekah Keat
AUS
Roth
2011
00:51:27
00:01:50
04:51:05
00:01:11
03:13:51
08:59:22
94
*
Gina Ferguson
NZL
Busselton
2008
00:50:30
00:01:30
04:56:42
00:01:36
03:09:06
08:59:24
95=
*
Erica Csomor
HUN
Klagenfurt
2013
00:51:57
00:03:11
04:58:03
00:02:16
03:04:04
08:59:31
95=
*
Sue Latshaw
USA
Roth
1997
00:52:44
 
04:55:52
 
03:10:55
08:59:31
97
 
Gina Crawford
NZL
Roth
2012
00:50:17
00:01:57
05:04:55
00:02:23
03:00:05
08:59:35
98
 
Yvonne van Vlerken
NED
Roth
2014
00:59:24
00:01:40
04:42:17
00:01:36
03:14:40
08:59:36
99
*
Lori Bowden
CAN
Klagenfurt
2001
00:54:44
00:01:56
04:57:59
00:02:06
03:02:55
08:59:41
100
 
Erica Csomor
HUN
Roth
2009
00:53:16
00:02:20
04:54:37
00:01:02
03:08:29
08:59:42
101
*
Elizabeth Lyles
USA
Busselton
2013
00:57:11
00:02:13
04:58:21
00:01:22
03:00:37
08:59:44
102=
*
Edith Niederfriniger
ITA
Klagenfurt
2008
00:49:05
00:02:15
05:04:17
00:02:51
03:01:16
08:59:45
102=
*
Sonja Tajsich
GER
Klagenfurt
2009
00:56:32
00:02:18
04:49:05
00:02:43
03:09:05
08:59:45
104
 
Diana Riesler
GER
Vichy
2013
00:56:30
00:02:39
04:44:29
00:01:58
03:14:10
08:59:48
105
*
Michi Herlbauer
AUT
Klagenfurt
2014
00:51:23
00:02:47
04:58:56
00:02:13
03:04:38
08:59:57

Fastest Female Iron Distance Athletes (Best Time Only)

Rank
Best Time
Athlete
Event
1
08:18:13
Chrissie Wellington
Challenge Roth 2011
2
08:34:51
Caroline Steffen
Ironman Melbourne 2012
3
08:37:36
Eva Wutti
Ironman Copenhagen 2013
4
08:38:53
Mirinda Carfrae
Challenge Roth 2014
5
08:39:24
Rebekah Keat
Challenge Roth 2009
6
08:42:25
Rachel Joyce
Challenge Roth 2014
7
08:42:42
Linsey Corbin
Ironman Austria 2014
8
08:43:07
Yvonne van Vlerken
Ironman Florida 2013
9
08:43:35
Mary Beth Ellis
Ironman Austria 2011
10
08:47:05
Erica Csomor
Challenge Roth 2008
11
08:47:26
Sandra Wallenhorst
Ironman Austria 2008
12
08:48:11
Catriona Morrison
Challenge Roth 2009
13
08:49:00
Leanda Cave
Ironman Arizona 2011
14
08:49:03
Ashley Clifford
Ironman Florida 2013
15
08:49:16
Simone Brändli 
Ironman Austria 2014
16
08:49:47
Sonja Tajsich
Challenge Roth 2012
17
08:50:13
Bella Bayliss
Ironman Austria 2009
18
08:50:53
Paula Newby Fraser
Ironman Europe 1994 (Roth)
19
08:51:04
Julia Gajer (nee Wagner)
Challenge Roth 2013
20
08:51:22
Lori Bowden
Ironman Austria 2002
21
08:52:40
Corinne Abraham
Ironman European Champs 2014 (Frankfurt)
22
08:53:20
Lisa Hütthaler
Ironman Austria 2014
23
08:53:33
Daniela Ryf
Ironman Copenhagen 2014
24
08:53:35
Diana Riesler
Ironman Austria 2011
25=
08:54:01
Kate Allen
Ironman Austria 2003
25=
08:54:01
Jodie Swallow
Ironman Kalmar, Sweden 2013
27
08:54:42
Kelly Williamson
Ironman Texas 2014
28
08:55:10
Jessica Jacobs
Ironman Florida 2011
29
08:55:29
Thea Sybesma
Ironman Europe 1991 (Roth)
30
08:55:47
Meredith Kessler
Ironman Arizona 2013
31
08:56:01
Camilla Pedersen
Ironman European Champs 2013 (Frankfurt)
32
08:56:05
Ines Estedt
Euro Champs - Detern/Jumme (1995)
33
08:56:12
Heleen Bij De Vaate
Ironman Austria 2011
34
08:56:23
Irma Heeren
Almere 1999
35
08:56:36
Elizabeth Lyles
Ironman European Champs 2014 (Frankfurt)
36
08:56:41
Sara Gross
Ironman Brasil 2014
37
08:56:57
Katinka Wiltenburg
Almere 1996
38
08:57:08
Sofie Gooes
Ironman Austria 2014
39
08:57:18
Gina Ferguson
Challenge Roth 2008
40
08:57:24
Michelle Vesterby
Ironman Arizona 2013
41
08:57:34
Lucie Reed
Challenge Barcelona 2013
42
08:58:08
Belinda Granger
Challenge Roth 2008
43
08:58:25
Joanna Lawn
Challenge Roth 2007
44
08:58:37
Nina Kraft
Ironman Frankfurt 2004
45
08:58:43
Lucy Gossage
Challenge Barcelona 2012
46
08:59:31
Sue Latshaw
Ironman Europe 1997 (Roth)
47
08:59:45
Edith Niederfriniger
Ironman Austria 2008
48
08:59:57
Michi Herlbauer
Ironman Austria 2014

Athlete / Race Analysis

ATHLETE
YEARS
VENUE
Chrissie Wellington
9
1991
1
Roth
31
Yvonne van Vlerken
7
1992
3
Klagenfurt
19
Rebekah Keat
5
1993
1
Frankfurt
9
Erica Csomor
5
1994
1
Hawaii
8
Rachel Joyce
5
1995
1
Arizona
6
Caroline Steffen
5
1996
1
Florida
5
Paula Newby Fraser
4
1997
1
Texas
4
Julia Gajer (née Wagner)
4
1998
0
Copenhagen
4
Gina Crawford (née Ferguson) 
4
1999
1
Almere
3
Mirinda Carfrae
4
2000
1
Barcelona
3
Lori Bowden
3
2001
1
Melbourne
3
Bella Bayliss
2
2002
2
Busselton
2
Catriona Morrison
2
2003
1
Kalmar
2
Kate Allen
2
2004
1
Detern/Jumme
1
Mary Beth Ellis
2
2005
0
Forster-Tuncurry
1
Sandra Wallenhorst
2
2006
0
Vichy
1
Sonja Tajsich
2
2007
3
Port Macquarie
1
Thea Sybesma
2
2008
9
Port Elizabeth
1
Diana Riesler
2
2009
9
Brasil
1
Jodie Swallow
2
2010
5
(19 courses)
105
Eva Wutti
2
2011
15
 
 
Linsey Corbin
2
2012
10
 
 
Elizabeth Lyles
2
2013
21
 
 
Leanda Cave
2
2014
17
 
 
Belinda Granger
1
 
105
 
 
Camilla Pedersen
1
 
 
 
 
Edith Niederfriniger
1
 
 
 
 
Heleen Bij de vaate
1
 
 
 
 
Ines Estedt
1
 
 
 
 
Irma Heeren
1
 
 
 
 
Jessica Jacobs
1
 
 
 
 
Joanna Lawn
1
 
 
 
 
Katinka Wiltenburg
1
 
 
 
 
Lucy Gossage
1
 
 
 
 
Nina Kraft
1
 
 
 
 
Sue Latshaw
1
 
 
 
 
Lucie Reed
1
 
 
 
 
Ashley Clifford
1
 
 
 
 
Meredith Kessler
1
 
 
 
 
Michelle Vesterby
1
 
 
 
 
Kelly Williamson
1
 
 
 
 
Sara Gross
1
 
 
 
 
Simone Brändli 
1
 
 
 
 
Lisa Hütthaler
1
 
 
 
 
Sofie Gooes
1
 
 
 
 
Michi Herlbauer
1
 
 
 
 
Corinne Abraham
1
 
 
 
 
Daniela Ryf
1
 
 
 
 
(48 athletes)
105
 
 
 
 

Commentary

Not surprisingly, Roth wins in terms of course speed. Twenty six sub-nine's in the past eight races (2007-2014), 31 in total and of course the three fastest absolute times ever from Chrissie, plus six of the top-10... However Ironman Austria (Klagenfurt) comes closest now with 19 following the 2014 edition (which for the first time saw five female sub-9 performances in one race). Roth was also the venue of the first ever sub-nine clocking from Thea Sybesma (NED) in 1991, in what at the time was 'Ironman Europe'.

Following Chrissie's quite staggering performances at Roth 2009, Roth in 2010 and Roth 2011, added to her figures from Ironmans Arizona and South Africa, Chrissie held the five fastest iron-distance times ever. Those top five times, along with her Kona course record (2009) were all achieved in consecutive races...which she followed up with arguably her greatest performance ever at the 2011 Ironman World Championships, even if it wasn't (quite!) a Kona record. Quite a form line... Caroline Steffen's heroics at Melbourne 2012 however mean that she now has the fifth fastest time ever, pushing Chrissie's Arizona result down to sixth. With another swift 8:40:35 at Challenge Roth 2013, Xena now has two of finishes in the all-time top-10 fastest listing, the only athlete aside from Chrissie to manage that statistic.

Want some more Chrissie stats? 2011 was the second time (2009 being the first) that Chrissie has achieved three sub-nine hour finishes in one year. Indeed, you have to go back to Kona 2008 for the last time Chrissie didn't finish with 8:XX on the clock - and that was the year that she spent 10+ minutes on the side of the road with a puncture... and still won with a finish time of 9:06:23. It's now eight consecutive sub-nine finishes 2009-2011 inclusive. Raising the bar for sure - though no more following Chrissie's Ironman retirement.

Chrissie also stands alone at the head of the most sub-9's list; her 8:33:56 at Ironman South Africa 2011 - the fastest M-Dot Ironman time to date - added to her absolute World Best at Roth 2011 plus 2011 Kona victory means nine times (in her thirteen unbeaten attempts at the distance), that Chrissie has crossed the line to see 8:XX on the clock nine times.

In 2008, Chrissie Wellington received much comment about celebrating 'too much' on the run-in to the line in Frankfurt, and thus missing the then world best of Paula Newby-Fraser (8:50:53). Things have moved on so quickly that Chrissie's 8:51:24 from that race doesn't even make the top 30 now anyway...

The performance of Cat Morrison at Roth 2009 was surpassed by Mary Beth Ellis as the fastest debut iron-distance performance following her Klagenfurt 2011 win (8:43:35). That said, Eva Wutti's 8:37:36 at Ironman Copenhagen 2013 was her first Ironman finish - but not technically a debut, having been a DNF earlier in the year at Ironman Austria. Eva has since added a second entry to this listing with another win, this time at Challenge Barcelona 2013 (8:51:01).

American Krista Whelen missed out on this list my just one second - she recorded nine hours exactly in 1992 at Roth. Ironically, for 17 years her bike time of 4:45:59 that day was the fastest women's Ironman bike split - smashed by Chrissie with a 4:40:28 at Roth 2009, and then again (4:36:33) in 2010. Chrissie's marathon (2:48:54) was also a world's best... until 10th July 2011 when she improved that yet again to 2:44:35. That bike mantle has now been taken by Caroline Steffen though, her 4:35:29 (Melbourne 2012) is now the gold standard, though Yvonne Van Vlerken was just 20 seconds short of that at Ironman Florida 2013.

Though somewhat lost in the majesty of the world best ahead of her at Roth in 2010, Rebekah Keat in second place (8:52:10) still recorded what is currently the 38th best time in history, and she also became one of just 11 (at the time, it's now 23...) athletes to have broken the nine hour mark more than once, to which she then added another at Challenge Copenhagen just weeks later. Another sub-9 at Challenge Roth 2011 brought her total to four and with a second consecutive win at Challenge Copenhagen 2011 (8:52:42), she moved past the legendary Paula Newby Fraser and into sole second place on the 'most sub-9's' rankings with five.

Yvonne Van Vlerken recorded her first sub-9 clocking for more than four years when winning Ironman Florida 2012, which was the fourth time she has achieved that, leaving her tied for third place (with Paula Newby Fraser) behind Chrissie Wellington (nine) and Rebekah Keat (five) in the "most sub-9 finishes" all-time list. Not content with that, Yvonne came within seconds of her own PB figues while finishing second to Caroline Steffen at Challenge Roth 2013 (8:46:22) to join Rebekah Keat on five sub-nine's, only to then recorded her best ever time (8:43:07) when winning Ironman Florida 2013, just weeks after taking fourth place at Kona. With six sub-9's to her name, Van Vlerken was now headed by only Chrissie Wellington (nine) - she still is, except that Challenge Roth 2014 (8:59:36) means she is now just two behind on seven.

Erika Csomor made it three sub-nine clocking's at Ironman Austria 2011 (and added a fourth in 2013 at the same event.... and then a fifth at Ironman Florida!), while Gina Crawford (née Ferguson) made it three for her at Challenge Roth 2012 and four at Ironman Frankfurt 2014. Rachel Joyce achieved her third at Ironman Texas 2013 a fourth at the Ironman World Champs 2013 and a fifth at Challenge Roth 2014, where third placed Caroline Steffen has matched her with five.

The 36th name to join the 'Sub-9 Club' was Lucie Reed, Challenge Barcelona 2013 (second place, 8:57:34), with the 37th member Ashley Clifford with second place (8:49:03) at Ironman Florida 2013. Members 38 and 39 came via Ironman Arizona 2013 via Meredith Kessler (second place, 8:55:47) and Michelle Vesterby (third, 8:57:24). Elizabeth Lyles, winner Ironman Western Australia 2013 was the 40th time on the list while more recent additions are (#41), Kelly Williamson courtesy of a win (8:54:42) at Ironman Texas 2014 and (#42), Sara Gross at Ironman Brasil (8:56:35).

Ironman Austria 2014 added four more names. While Linsey Corbin won in 8:42:42 (a PB time, and her second Sub-9, currently ranked as the 12th fastest time on record), positions two thru five in that race saw four more Sub-9 club members in Simone Brändli  (#43), Lisa Hütthaler (#44), Sofie Goos (#45) and Michi Herlbauer (#46).

The very latest additions to the listing is include yet another fast British athlete, as Corinne Abraham's 8:52:40 at Ironman Frankfurt makes her member #47. Behind her, Gina Crawford (her fourth) and Elizabeth Lyles (her second), added to their totals. Member #48 goes to Daniela Ryf, thanks to her 8:53:33 and second Ironman victory, at Ironman Copenhagen 2014.


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Have Your Say
Re: Sub-9 iron ladies: a history
Posted by Banana
Posted at 11:12:19 17th Jul 2009
Reply to this

Very intersting stuff and totally proves the point that the women ARE going faster.

John also makes the point about course length. Triathlon is a sport that althoughh precise in most other aspects has gernally had a "that'll do" attitude to course measurement.

Whilt it is generally better now than when I was competing 25 year ago, there is still no governance from the NGB with regards to this issue or formal measuring system in place.

In kids' races it is even worse and is really is mostly guesswork which results in around 20% of races actually flouting the rulebook regarding maximum distances (a personal gripe of mine).

The other factor would have to be equipment. PNB's Hawaii times may well have been swum without wetsuits (I can't remember) and even if they were used did not offer the same flotation/buoyancy assistance that even the basic modern suits have designed-in as standard. That is even before we look at changes in bike design good and bad (Softride anyone?).

Even running shoes promise better "energy return" than shoes from the '80s and '90s so really comparision over the years is actually pretty meaningless.

It is probably suffice to say (and pretty much a given) that Chrissie W and PNB were both superb athletes but can only (as the author states) be certain that these women have gone sub-9 on Ironman distance (or thereabouts) courses.

 
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