No ‘unlucky 13’ for Yvonne Van Vlerken at Challenge Almere

ALMERE, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 08: Yvonne van Vlerken of Holland celebrates after winning the women race during Challenge Almere-Amsterdam on September 8, 2017 in Almere, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Record-breaking Flying Dutch Girl extends her Sub-9 iron-distance record

Challenge Almere course record and a 13th career 8:XX finish in Almere

You can never say that Yvonne Van Vlerken is not consistent. With a professional career now well into its second decade, the Dutch athlete is showing little desire to stop just yet – and even less sign that she is slowing down either.

Sunday’s Challenge Almere-Amsterdam (report HERE), the ETU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships also saw her extend a record she already holds, as the female athlete with the most career sub-nine hour iron-distance finishes.

As I have been know to enjoy a triathlon statistic or two, here are details of all 13 of those finishes – which now extend over a period of more than 10 years since the first one at Challenge Roth in 2007. She also finished in 8:57:54 in Almere that year. 10 years on, over six minutes faster and a course record too.

Yvonne Van Vlerken
Phote: Jose Luis Hourcade

Here is the full archive of her record-breaking numbers:

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
Barcelona
2015
00:59:57
00:01:39
04:41:28
00:00:52
03:02:48
08:46:44
Roth
2016
00:55:14
00:01:29
04:40:29
00:01:27
03:10:38
08:49:35
Roth
2015
00:54:46
00:01:30
04:47:34
00:01:22
03:05:43
08:50:53
Almere
2017
00:57:24
00:01:33
04:44:15
00:02:19
03:05:44
08:51:13
Arizona
2016
00:58:04
00:02:22
04:40:40
00:01:38
03:08:43
08:51:27
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
Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade

Yvonne Van Vlerken – Sub Nine Hour Iron Distance Finishes (Date 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
Barcelona
2015
00:59:57
00:01:39
04:41:28
00:00:52
03:02:48
08:46:44
Roth
2016
00:55:14
00:01:29
04:40:29
00:01:27
03:10:38
08:49:35
Arizona
2016
00:58:04
00:02:22
04:40:40
00:01:38
03:08:43
08:51:27
Almere
2017
00:57:24
00:01:33
04:44:15
00:02:19
03:05:44
08:51:13