The Best Times of Kona: Records in Overall Finish, Swim, Bike and Run Splits

      The 39th Ironman World Championships takes place on the 8th of October 2016.  Every year, we witnessed incredible performances, but the best times recorded in the Ironman World Championships in Kona are definitely hard to beat.  Since 2011, no finish time has cracked the all-time top 10 finish.  Factor in the hot, humid weather and the unpredictable Kawaihae to Hawi winds, it will take a combination of great fitness and calmer race conditions to put out a record-breaking time.   To start our series of pre-race features on Kona, we list the top 10 overall times and discipline since 1978.  Despite the advancement in training and upgrades in equipment, most of the times were set in the 90s and 2000-2010, amazing!  Let’s check the list:

      Best Finish Times- Male:

      The Frodeno time in 2015 was 8h14’40 “, with this time he does not enter or among the 10 fastest times in history were:

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      1- 8h03’56 “Craig Alexander, champion in 2011 and current record holder.

      2 – 8h04’08 “Luc Van Lierde, champion in 1996.

      3 – 8h06’07 “Thomas Hellriegel, runner-up in 1996.

      4 – 8h07’45 “Mark Allen, champion in 1993.

      5 – 8h09’08 “Mark Allen, champion in 1992.

      6 – 8h09’11 “Pete Jacobs, runner-up in 2011.

      7 – 8h09’15 “Mark Allen, champion in 1989.

      8 – 8h10’13 “Dave Scott, runner-up in 1989.

      9 – 8h10’37 “Chris McCormack, champion in 2010.

      10 – 8h11’07 “Andreas Raelert, 3rd place in 2011.

      Surprising that the Ironwar duel between Mark Allen and Dave Scott in 1989 still holds the 9th and 10th position in the overall finishing times.  Their duel surely brought out the best of their heart and abilities.   Mark Allen, a 6-time champion holds 3 records in the top 10.   The top 3 finishers of 2011 also were included in this list.  You have to think if conditions in 2011 were milder than other years.

      Best Finish Times-Female:

      Daniela Ryf have joined the list of the 10 best time ever recorded in Kona. With 8h57’57 “she equaled the mark of Mirinda Carfrae in 2011, which is the 5th best mark in history until then.

      The fastest 10 women are:

      1 – 8h52’14 “of Mirinda Carfrae, champion in 2013.

      2 – 8h54’02 “Chrissie Wellington, champion in 2009.

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      3 – 8h55’08 “Chrissie Wellington, champion in 2011.

      4 – 8h55’28 “Paula Newby-Fraser, champion in 1992.

      5 – 8h57’28 “Rachel Joyce, runner-up in 2013.

      6 – 8h57’57 “of Mirinda Carfrae, runner-up in 2011.

      6 – 8h57’57 “Daniela Ryf, champion in 2015.

      8 – 8h58’23 “Paula Newby-Fraser, champion in 1993.

      9 – 8h58’36 “of Mirinda Carfrae, champion in 2010.

      10 – 9h00’55 “of Mirinda Carfrae, champion in 2014.

      Mirinda Carfrae holds 4 of the top 10 records.  Will 2016 be the year she takes back her crown against Ryf?

      Best Swimming- Male:

      The best swimming this year among professionals in 2015 was Dylan McNeice with 50’45 “(1’19” / average 100m), this time is not even close to the 10 fastest ever recorded to date.

      1 – 46’41 “(1’13” / average 100m) Lars Jorgensen in 1998.

      2 – 46’44 “Lars Jorgensen in 1995.

      3 – 46’50 “Jan Sibbersen in 2003.

      4 – 47’01 “Noa Sakamoto in 2008.

      5 – 47’02 “John Flanagan in 2008.

      6 – 47’04 “Jan Sibbersen in 2004.

      7 – 47’15 “Hiroki Hikida in 2003.

      8 – 47’39 “Bradford Hinshaw in 1986.

      9 – 47’41 “John Weston in 2003.

      10 – 47’42 “John Flanagan in 2009.

      Best Swimming- Female:

      Among women, the best swimming in 2015 was Jodie Swallow, with a time of 55’04 “(1’26” / average 100m). As men, it does not enter the list of top 10 tops already registered.

      1 – 48’43 “(1’16” / average 100m) Jodi Jackson in 1999.

      2 – 49’11 “Wendy Ingraham in 1998.

      3 – 49’51 “Barb Lindquist in 2000.

      4 – 49’52 “Wendy Ingraham in 1997.

      5 – 49’57 “Ute Mueckel 1997.

      6 – 50’28 ‘Wendy Ingraham 1999.

      7 – 50’28 “Monica Caplan in 2003.

      8 – 50’29 “Linda Gallo in 2003.

      9 – 50’30 “Raleigh Tennant in 1999.

      10 – 50’31 “Jennifer Hinshaw in 1984.

      Best Cycling- Male:

      Maik Twelsiek was the fastest cyclist year passsado with 4h25’11 “(40,8km / h average) he equaled the 10th best mark of history that was established by Chris Lieto in 2009. The 10 fastest in the 180km are:

      1- 4h18’23 “(41,9km / h average) of 2006 Normann Stadler.

      2 – 4h18’32 “Chris Lieto in 2011.

      3 – 4h20’46 “Sebastian Kienle in 2014.

      4 – 4h21’36 “Torbjorn Dinsballe in 2005.

      5 – 4h23’18 “Chris Lieto in 2010.

      6 – 4h24’05 “Craig Alexander in 2011.

      7 – 4h24’16 “Luke Mckenzie in 2011.

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      8 – 4h24’17 “Dirk Bockel in 2011.

      9 – 4h24’50 “Thomas Hellriegel 1996.

      10 – 4h25’11 “Chris Lieto in 2009.

      10 – 4h25’11 “Maik Twelsiek in 2015.

      Best Cycling- Female:

      Daniela Ryf was faster in 180km with time 4h50’46 “(37,2km / h average) with the 8th fastest time in history.

      1 – 4h44’20 “(38km / h average) Karin Theurig in 2011.

      2 – 4h48’22 “Karin Theurig in 2010.

      3 – 4h48’30 “Paula Newby-Fraser in 1993.

      4 – 4h50’16 “Erin Baker in 1993.

      5 – 4h50’16 “Karin Theurig in 2005.

      6 – 4h50’26 “Caroline Steffen in 2011.

      7 – 4h50’41 “Karin Theurig in 2003.

      8- 4h50’46 “Daniela Ryf in 2015.

      9 – 4h52’00 “Natascha Badmann in 2005.

      10 – 4h52’07 “Chrissie Wellington in 2009.

      Best Run– Male:

      The best race in 2015 was David McNamee with 2h49’52 “(4’00” / km average) of all three modes, the race is now further away from the top 10 brands so far registered.

      1 – 2h40’04 “(3’48” / km average) Mark Allen in 1989.

      2 – 2h41’03 “Dave Scott in 1989.

      3 – 2h41’06 “Pete Jacobs in 2010.

      4 – 2h41’48 “Luc Van Lierde in 1996.

      5 – 2h41’57 “Olivier Bernhard in 1999.

      6 – 2h41’59 “Craig Alexander in 2010.

      7 – 2h42’02 “Chris McCormack in 2007.

      8 – 2h42’09 “by Mark Allen in 1995.

      9 – 2h42’09 “by Mark Allen in 1991.

      10 – 2h42’18 “by Mark Allen in 1992.

      Wow Mark Allen!  Definitely Allen knows how to run for dough, and his run duel with Scott in 1989 holds the top 2 spots.  Allen also holds 3 other records.

      Best Run-Female:

      Mirinda Carfrae, 2014 Ironman World Champion

      Mirinda Carfrae, 2014 Ironman World Champion

      Among women the best marathon this year was Liz Blatchford with 3h06’25 “(4’25” / km average) who also spent far of the 10 best times ever recorded.

      1 – 2h52’09 “(4’05” / km average) of Mirinda Carfrae in 2011.

      2 – 2h52’41 “Chrissie Wellington in 2011.

      3 – 2h53’32 “of Mirinda Carfrae in 2010.

      4 – 2h53’51 “Caitlin Snow in 2011.

      5 – 2h56’04 “Caitlin Snow in 2010.

      6 – 2h56’51 “of Mirinda Carfrae in 2009.

      7 – 2h57’44 “Chrissie Wellington in 2008.

      8 – 2h58’36 “Sandra Wallenhorst in 2008.

      9 – 2h59’58 “Lori Bowden in 1999.

      10 – 2h59’58 “Chrissie Wellington in 2007.

      Will some of these records fall this year?

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