Mark Allen (triathlete)

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Mark Allen
Medal record
Men's triathlon
Representing the  United States
ITU World Championships
Gold 1989 Avignon Individual
Ironman World Championship
Gold 1995 Men's race
Gold 1993 Men's race
Gold 1992 Men's race
Gold 1991 Men's race
Gold 1990 Men's race
Gold 1989 Men's race
Silver 1987 Men's race
Silver 1986 Men's race
Bronze 1983 Men's race

Mark Allen (born January 12, 1958 in Glendale, California) is the second six-time Ironman Triathon World Champion. He graduated from UC San Diego, where he was an All-American swimmer, with a degree in biology.[1]

After competing and losing in the Ironman Triathlon Championships six times (often to Dave Scott), Allen emerged victorious in 1989, winning one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

It would be the first of six Ironman victories for Allen, the last coming in 1995 at age 37. He has also excelled at the Olympic distance, winning the sport's inaugural World Championships in 1989 in Avignon, France,[2] by more than a minute. He was undefeated in 10 trips to the Nice International Championships,[3] and from 1988-1990 he put together a winning streak of 20 races.

Over the course of his racing career, which ended in 1996, he maintained a 90% average in top-three finishes. He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside magazine tabbed him The World's Fittest Man. Allen was inducted into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]

Allen married fellow triathlete Julie Moss in 1989.[1] They divorced in 2002.

Results[edit]

YEAR RACE POSITION SWIM BIKE RUN RESULT
1995 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 1st 51:50 4:46:35 2:42:09 8:20:35[4]
1994 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA DNC --- --- --- ---
1993 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 1st --- --- --- 8:07:46[5]
1992 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 1st --- --- --- 8:09:08
1991 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 1st --- --- --- 8:18:32[6]
1990 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 1st --- --- --- 8:28:17[7]
1989 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 1st --- --- --- 8:09:14[8]
1988 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 5th --- --- --- 8:43:22
1987 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 2nd --- --- --- 8:47:30[9]
1986 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 2nd --- --- --- 8:36:04
1985 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA DNC --- --- --- ---
1984 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 5th --- --- --- 9:35:02
1983 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA 3rd --- --- --- 9:21:06
1982 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, USA DNF --- --- --- ---

DNC - Did Not Compete DNF - Did Not Finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Norcross, Don (March 6, 1997). "Mark Allen revels in his retirement". San Diego Union - Tribune. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Allen wins world triathlon". New Straits Times. August 8, 1989. Retrieved May 30, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ Gibbs, Peter (May 28, 2010). "Good luck- don't forget the helmet". New Zealand: Nelson Mail. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ Staton, Ron (October 8, 1995). "Allen claims his sixth Ironman Triathlon title". Associated Press. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Triathlon; Huffing and Puffing, All the Way". NY Times. November 2, 1993. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "TRIATHLON; International Mettle Shown in Ironman". NY Times. October 21, 1991. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ironman winner Allen doesn't covet record". Lawrence Journal-World. October 8, 1990. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ironman Triathlon win goes to Allen". Associated Press. October 15, 1989. Retrieved May 30, 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Davis, Scott wins his sixth Ironman Triathlon crown". Modesto Bee. October 11, 1987. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 

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