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

A championship win on home soil, course record and a 13th career sub-9 hour iron-distance finish. Challenge Almere was a good day for Yvonne Van Vlerken.

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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
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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