Gordon Haller

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Gordon Haller
Medal record
Men's triathlon
Competitor for  United States
Ironman World Championship
Gold 1978 Men's race

Gordon Haller (born 1950) is the winner of the first Ironman Triathlon.


Haller grew up in Forest Grove, Oregon and earned a degree in physics at Pacific University.

On Oahu, Hawaii in 1978, Haller competed in Navy Commander John Collins’ race which combined the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the Around-Oahu Bike Race, and the Honolulu Marathon. Of the 15 competitors, 12 finished what today we call the Ironman, and Gordon Haller was the first champion, with a time of 11 hours, 46 minutes, 58 seconds.

Haller commented about the success of Ironman, nearly 30 years later in a 2007 interview with Competitor Magazine "It’s just an amazing experience... certainly something I didn’t expect to have happen way back in the beginning."

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